Sr Principal Engineer Supplier Quality (Space/Satellite Systems)El Segundo, CA

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.


  • A Supplier Quality Engineer works with internal business units and suppliers to address ongoing supplier quality issues, continued improvement of suppliers, and ensuring suppliers meet quality requirements.

  • Serve as the Safety & Mission Assurance point of contact for suppliers and work with internal customers in support of supplier quality issues.

  • Perform supplier quality system assessments and performance evaluations.

  • Collaborate with the Space Sectors Common Supplier Management Council to address sector level quality issues.

  • Be the Supplier Assurance Quality Lead for supplier quality issues and internal customers.

  • Lead effective supplier root cause and corrective action for non-conforming hardware.

  • Support Failure/Material Review Boards (F/MRBs) to ensure the timely disposition of non-conforming products.

  • Performed maintenance activities of the Approved Supplier List (ASL).

  • Lead and manage continuous improvement projects for the Supplier Assurance Group.

  • Perform source inspections at the supplier's facility for mandatory inspection points.

  • Lead and manage SCARs to timely root cause investigation, implementation and closure.

  • Responsible for KPI's and reporting supplier performance metrics for monthly reviews.

  • Travel to field sites for audit or inspection purposes

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or management discipline preferred (equivalent years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree)

  • Minimum of 9 years experience in engineering function including work experience in technical field related to manufacturing, quality assurance, or engineering

  • Ability to obtain Top Secret clearance

  • U.S. citizen

  • Previous use and full comprehension of various Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa/Fishbone, FMEA, DOE, etc.

  • Able to read engineering documentation and perform inspections to drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and other types of engineering-developed instructions

  • Knowledge and application of Lean Manufacturing Principles and/or Six Sigma Principles in some facet of work history

  • Willingness to travel to field sites for audit or inspection purposes

  • Achieve ASQ Certification as CQE (or equivalent from another organization)

  • Achieve Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from accredited institution

  • Fluent in use of Quality System and ERP/MRP databases, such as TIPQA or CP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ASQ Certification as CQE (or equivalent from another organization)

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from accredited institution

  • Experience with inspecting printed circuit board assembly (PWBs) and circuit card assembly (CCAs)

  • IPC-J-Std-001 IPC-A-610 soldering certified

Salary Range: $120,000 - $160,000

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.