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Sr. Principal Engineer Mechani

Requisition ID: R10112984

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Baltimore, MD, USA   |  Unknown City, MD, USA  |  Unknown, VA, USA +2 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 50% of the Time
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a dedicated Sr. Principal Supplier Quality Engineer to join our team in Baltimore, MD.

What you will do:

  • Manages the special processes program within the Mission Systems sector and oversee the approved special processes list (ASPL) and periodically reviews supplier performance to determine whether suppliers should remain on the approved list.
  • Keeps management apprised of supplier performance, quality status and risks.
  • Perform inspection of components and assemblies.
  • Monitor assigned supplier performance utilizing metrics.
  • Monitor supplier recovery action plans and proactively identify potential gaps.
  • Support and/or manage special projects as required.
  • Work with supplier counterpart on resolution of supplier quality issues through root cause corrective actions and ensure effectiveness.
  • Report out to management and stakeholders on root cause and corrective actions. Drive lessons learned and best practices across other product centers.
  • Awareness of AS9100 and AS9102 requirements when dealing with suppliers related to handling of root cause corrective action for identified defects, first articles and product line variations.
  • Evaluates supplier-non-conformances, negative performance trends and failures and determine the root cause and implement corrective and preventive actions.
  • Support production readiness reviews, risk-based supplier assessments (RBATs), and supplier enhanced audits (SEAs).
  • Assures supplier process and product quality, including contractual, regulatory, and technical compliance.
  • Interfaces directly with supplier personnel and must be knowledgeable in and capable of assessing both supplier quality and manufacturing processes and procedures.
  • Conducts product and process verification activities, monitors supplier quality performance, and drives root cause corrective action analysis for supplier quality issues.
  • Routinely coordinates technical issues with various programs and customers.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS degree in STEM related field 9+ years of relevant experience; MS Degree 7+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with AS9100/AS9102/Equivalent (standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry).
  • Extensive Root Cause and Problem-Solving experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with mechanical design requirements and specifications.
  • Experience in leading audits, New Product Introduction (NPI) and or Production Readiness Reviews.
  • General experience with special processes such as heat treat, brazing, welding, chemical processing, etc.
  • Proficient at planning /organization, and decision-making skills.
  • US citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering
  • Experience with manufacturing processes including forging, heat treating, welding and/or brazing.
  • Experience in planning and organizing activities across multiple manufacturing locations.
  • Experience with additive manufacturing
  • Extensive experience with leading process improvement projects
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Government Security Clearance
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally.


This position reports to Baltimore, MD, USA, however, you are able to work from any of the additional 2 locations listed above.

Salary Range: $107,000 USD - $168,500 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.