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Engineer Supplier Quality

Requisition ID: R10080886

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 50% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • 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 Field Supplier Quality Engineer to join our Supplier Performance Management team. The Field Supplier Quality Engineer will support multiple programs by conducting Source Inspections and Audits and performing First Article Inspections.

The ideal candidate will be well versed in manufacturing processes specifically mechanical assemblies (machined, welded, and brazed aluminum assemblies). The candidate must have the ability to work through quality issues collaboratively, and manage suppliers to determine root causes and implement robust corrective actions.

The position could be located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois or Baltimore, MD.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assures supplier process and product quality, including contractual, regulatory, and technical compliance.
  • Perform Specification Compliance Reviews.
  • Perform First Article Inspections per (AS9100).
  • Perform Source inspections at various Suppliers either local and nationally (Travel is required)..
  • Perform Supplier manufacturing process audits on regular basis.
  • Participates in Suppliers selections, Pre-FAI reviews, and in internal customer meetings as the Field Supplier Quality (SQ) representative.
  • Initiate Corrective Action Plans and work with suppliers, manufacturing and engineering personnel to identify root causes and ensure robust corrective actions are implemented.
  • Review Drawing requirements and related specifications, and understand what will be needed to successfully perform First Article Inspections at Suppliers.
  • Conduct Root cause analysis using concepts such as 8D, 5 Whys, and Fish-bone diagram, etc.
  • Proactive reduction and prevention of supplied material defect occurrences and verification of supplied material defect claims.
  • Be able to analyze and present data to collaborate and foster positive working relationships with suppliers and internal teams.
  • Responsible for Supplier Quality risk management and return to “green” plans.
  • Actively engages in supplier evaluation, qualification and selection as part of the Business Acquisition Process.
  • Keeps management apprised of supplier performance, quality status, and risks.
  • Be able to analyze and present data to collaborate and foster positive working relationships with suppliers and internal teams.
  • Analyze quality metrics to understand current trends with Supplier quality and respond accordingly.
  • Be able to use existing data extracted from SAP to perform trend analysis on Suppliers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline Preferably in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering from an ABET accredited University.
  • Minimum Two (2)+ years of related experience in engineering, manufacturing, operations, industrial engineering, quality engineering, or Supply Chain environments.
  • Must be able to travel up to 45% of the time.
  • Must be able to support local source inspections at local suppliers will require driving to those suppliers’ sites.
  • Familiarity with ISO 9001/AS9100 Quality Management System certification process, GD&T, J-STD, Machining processes, coating process (including various types of plating), vacuum brazing, and welding.
  • US Citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ASQ Certified.
  • Familiar with NADCAP.
  • May be certified in lean and six-sigma quality engineering methodologies.
  • Deep Experience in Aluminum welding, brazing, coating, and machining preferably in the aerospace industry.
  • Working knowledge of SAP.
  • Superb communication, people and leadership skills.
  • Proficient with Excel/pivot tables and data analysis.
  • Must be able to analyze supplier’s quality trends and respond accordingly via SCARS or Audits.
  • Must have Strong communication and leadership skills. The Candidate must be able to work with multiple teams and be able to accommodate various styles in communications. Must be very customer oriented with great sense of urgency.
  • Must be independent and able to work with no or little supervision.
  • Must be able to maintain a very positive relationship with internal teams and external team especially with Suppliers.
  • Must be able to review drawings and 3D models to understand the parts and how they are made.
  • Must be knowledgeable in and capable of assessing both supplier quality and manufacturing processes and procedures.


Salary Range: $73,600 USD - $110,400 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.