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Northrop Grumman Principal Engineer Quality in Baltimore, Maryland

At Northrop Grumman, innovation isn't just an idea - it's a way of life.

Our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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.

Are you interested in expanding your career while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security and freedom of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman may be the place you.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector is seeking a Quality Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals located in Baltimore, MD.

This position is part of the Space ISR Factory Quality Team supporting a Space Integration Program. This position ensures that all quality aspects are met and the end product meets all contractual requirements. Areas of specialization include design, incoming material, production control, product evaluation, process evaluation, reliability review, documentation signoff, testing support, and detailed inspection.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Performing in-process inspections (including closeouts) and final inspections for product in the work center, as defined by contract requirements.

  • Independent observers for all critical tasks (i.e. S/C lifts, movements, etc). The inspection/independent-observer responsibility cannot be delegated to anyone with a specific hands-on role in the task nor can the inspector perform any specific hands-on role.

  • Monitor all nonconformance activity and provide support to Program in MRB/FRB process and also in ensuring proper actions are taken to determine root cause and implement appropriate corrective actions.

  • Function as the Safety overseer in absence of Safety Assurance and is responsible for meeting the requirements for witnessing all hazardous operation steps in the WI, MES Plan or Procedure.

  • Manage the Leans List (generated and maintained by QA), such that all major problems with the documentation or the as-built configuration of the S/C are known and corrected prior to milestone events.

  • Monitor all configuration changes and authorize Test Deviations, TRR's, MRR's, CTP forms and all other supporting documentation, when needed.

  • Ensure the Inspection Characteristics are reviewed in a timely manner as part of any in-process inspections and issue the acceptance tags for closure of SAP steps (A/R) during the Final Inspection process, in accordance with the program quality plan.

  • Ensure quality records are archived and properly closed in SAP in accordance with the program quality plan.

  • Ensures that MA performance and quality conform to established contract and company requirements.

  • Reviews, analyzes and report on quality discrepancies related to MA level performance, key performance indicator metrics and process metrics.

  • Provides proactive support to identify potential issues and concerns. Investigates problems and develops disposition and corrective actions for recurring discrepancies.

  • Support internal assessments and audits.

  • Devises and implements methods and procedures for inspecting, testing and evaluating the precision and accuracy of products and production equipment.

  • This position is a pipeline opportunity to advance into the Space Mission Assurance Engineering organization. Candidate must be capable of obtaining high level security clearances for future advancements in the Space MAE organization.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Technical field

  • 5+ years of relevant technical experience

  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated success working individually or as part of a team

  • Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions

  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access,)

  • ActiveTop Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SAP

  • Knowledge of Process Improvement Methodologies (e.g. Lean, Six Sigma)

  • Understanding of ISO9001 and/or AS9100 standards, audit experience

  • Familiar with MA and Space processes and systems

  • Familiar with manufacturing techniques and equipment related to Integrated Payloads

  • Active TS/SCI Security Clearance

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.

Job Category : Engineering