Principal Engineer Supplier Quality

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a Virginia-based company that designs, develops and builds aircraft, spacecraft, cyber security systems and radars for aerospace and defense sectors.

Only considering candidates eligible to work in the USA ⚠️

Requisition ID: R10160195

  • **iconCategory:**Engineering
  • iconLocation: Woodland Hills, California, United States of America | Redondo Beach, California, United States of America+ 1 more
  • **iconClearance Type:**Secret
  • **iconTelecommute:**Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • **iconShift:**1st Shift (United States of America)
  • **iconTravel Required:**Yes, 75% of the Time
  • **iconPositions 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 is seeking a Supplier Quality Engineer specialized in PWB (Printed Wire Board) commodity to join our Supplier Performance Management Field Engineering team. This team supports programs with suppliers across the United States and Internationally. The location can be LA County or Orange County, CA but mainly supports suppliers in Orange County, CA. This position works a 9/80 schedule and will travel an estimated 75%. While the majority of work will be performed remotely, the selected candidate will need to be able to come into the Woodland Hills campus as needed.

Roles and Responsibilities:

· Perform Specification Compliance Reviews, First Article Inspections and Source inspections on various categories of hardware. Printed Wire Board knowledge is required. Other commodities such as CCAs, microelectronics, RF modules, and/or electro-mechanical systems are preferred.

· Understands continuous process improvement (CI) and can effectively develop and execute Initiatives and activities.

· Initiate Corrective Action Plans and work with suppliers, manufacturing and engineering personnel to identify root cause(s) and ensure robust corrective actions are implemented.

· Lead on-site supplier engagements, including supplier performance reviews and QMS (Quality Management System) audits.

· Perform process and product audits along with capacity assessments to ensure the supplier's processes are robust and capable, as well as compliant to Military and Space requirements.

· Analyze and interpret data to identify suppliers’ process issues and developing solutions.

· Effectively perform supplier surveillance activities designed to manage and improve supplier performance, productivity, and process validation.

· Apply technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts to analyze and audit our suppliers’ processes and capabilities.

· Capable of leading cross-functional teams in pursuit of performance improvements aligned to department and organizational goals.

· Mitigate supplier quality risk to prevent/minimize business impact from supplied material defects.

· Proactive reduction and prevention of supplied material defect occurrences and verification of supplied material defect claims.

· Collaborate in a team environment, negotiate and integrate different viewpoints, prioritize and adjust tasks to accomplish the project results.

· Represent the company with credibility, confidence and professionalism.

· Be able to analyze and present data to all levels of leadership. Strong communication skills (both oral and written).

· Understands general contracting principles in a Department of Defense and commercial environment

· Establish positive working relationships with suppliers and internal teams.

Basic Qualifications for a Supplier Quality Engineer 3:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM related field with 5+ years of relevant experience in Quality, Manufacturing or Design engineering and/or 5+ years of experience in Continuous Improvement. OR master's degree in STEM related field with 3+ years of relevant experience in Quality, Manufacturing or Design engineering and/or 3+ years of experience in Continuous Improvement.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. US Citizenship required.
  • Inspection experience, process knowledge and/or manufacturing engineering experience in PWB.
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 or AS9100 requirements
  • Must be able to travel up to 75% of the Time
  • Experience in root cause analysis and corrective action
  • Demonstrate skill to lead teams and projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess current DOD Secret Clearance.
  • Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, or related engineering
  • Experience working in the defense industry.
  • Inspection experience, process knowledge and/or manufacturing engineering experience in other commodities such as CCAs, microelectronics, RF modules and/or electro-mechanical systems.
  • Certification in J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC610, IPC620 and/or Mil-Std-883.
  • Space Certification
  • Six Sigma or Lean certifications.
  • Lead auditor experience to ISO 9001 and AS9100, AS9102 requirements.
  • Training in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (ANSI Y14.5M)
  • ASQ Lead Auditor, CQE, and/or CQM Certification

Salary Range: $88,600 - $146,300

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.

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Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services.

Working Week

We work a 9 day fortnight. That's 9 slightly longer days over 2 weeks (80 hours total), with every second Friday off.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer generous paid time off, including holidays, vacation days, and additional leave options for special circumstances.

Remote Working Policy

We offer hybrid working arrangements with options for flexible working patterns.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Yearly bonuses
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 100k across 19 departments:

  • engineering
  • education
  • information technology
  • business development
  • operations
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Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Specification Compliance
  • First Article Inspections
  • Source Inspections
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Corrective Action Plans
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Quality Management System
  • Process Audits
  • Product Audits
  • Data Analysis
  • Supplier Surveillance
  • Scientific Principles
  • Cross-functional Teams
  • Presented Data
  • Communication Skills
  • ISO 9001
  • AS9100
  • Six Sigma
  • Lean Certifications
  • Geometric Dimensioning

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