Northrop Grumman Engineer Mission Assurance 4 in Charlottesville, Virginia

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector is seeking an Engineer Mission Assurance 4 to become part of Northrop Grumman's Quality & Mission Excellence (QME) organization located at our site in Charlottesville, Virginia. This position will be a member of the Program Mission Assurance team responsible for defining and monitoring mission assurance program specifications and processes to ensure mission success of assigned programs. This location offers a 9/80 schedule.

Perform or assure quality, risk management, safety, reliability and maintainability of program achievements, subcontractors, and suppliers in accordance with contractual requirements. Collaborate broadly with program management, engineering, supply chain, contracts, and manufacturing functions to ensure that quality products are delivered to customers.

Provide expert guidance and support to projects on technical and programmatic risk, quality, and regulatory requirements. Develop and implement the program mission assurance plan on assigned programs. Assess program performance and determine resources to ensure mission assurance. Actively participate in technical/milestone reviews and review associated documentation. Establish positive working relationships with customers, suppliers, and internal stakeholders.

Review and interpret contractual documents, regulations, and procedures to implement quality related requirements and to support audits. This review includes applicable specifications, standards, materials, tools, techniques, and methodologies. Implement supplier quality management in accordance with the program mission assurance plan and contractual requirements. Accurately apply quality requirements as flow downs to the supply chain. Represent mission assurance/quality on configuration/change control boards.

Conduct assessments/reviews on program plans, processes, and documentation. Independent oversight for testing, verification, and validation of product. Interface with program teams, auditors, and the quality representatives of both customers and suppliers. Process and disposition material review board actions and ensure non-conformances are resolved. Represent quality on configuration/change control boards.

Assess and audit internal processes for deficiency identification and correction. Identify root cause and ensure that robust corrective actions are implemented. Corrective measures must meet acceptable reliability standards and documentation must be compliant with requirements.

Possess good interpersonal skills to successfully interface with diverse groups or individuals. Be able to prioritize, manage time efficiently, and work with minimal direction. Operate as a proactive self-starter with problem-solving skills and earn a reputation of responsiveness.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM related discipline with a minimum of 9+ years of experience (7 years with Masters, 4 years with PhD)in a quality assurance, mission assurance, design engineering, software, project management, or related experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance.

  • Computer literate in PC applications, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

  • Demonstrated abilityto communicate in both written and verbal formats across functionsand management levels .

  • The willingness and ability to travel domestically up to 10% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with design requirements and specifications.

  • Experience leading teams or projects.

  • Working knowledge of risk management principle and business acquisition processes.

  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and CMMI Level III processes.

  • Experience with assessing and auditing processes.

  • Knowledge of statistical process control, data visualization, and/or measurement analysis methods.

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) Auditor and/or Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)

  • Previous experience in a DoD environment or with a DoD provider of products and services.

  • Understanding of continuous improvement principles.

  • Certified in Lean and Six-Sigma methodologies or experience in root cause analysis and corrective action.

  • Proactive self-starter with demonstrated problem-solving skills and responsiveness.

  • Can be trusted to work with minimal direction.

  • Previous experience with Maritime Systems products and services.

  • Familiar with tools relating to peer reviews, unit testing and requirements management.

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