Principal Industrial Engineer Iuka, MS

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 Aeronautics Systems is searching for a Principal Industrial Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. Our team supports operational and business improvement across 1800 employees. This position will be located in Iuka, Mississippi.

We have a variety of shifts available to support a 24/7 operation and offer both 3 and 4 day shifts to cover days, nights and weekends.

This position is on-site in Iuka, MS and cannot be performed remotely.

Travel is estimated to 10%.


  • Develop and iterate on detail production build schedules by working closely with Manufacturing Engineering and Production Operations.

  • Provide support to the manufacturing floor by working proactively with cross-functional teams to understand frontline problems and implement cost-saving solutions.

  • Utilize various Continuous Improvement tools to analyze shop floor practices and processes for opportunities to minimize scrap, reduce cost, increase capacity and optimize schedule.

  • Work with frontline leadership to assess current state reality and define future state possibilities

  • Provide tactics and training to frontline leaders and shop floor personnel to improve the current state and facilitate value generation

  • Conduct studies and generate metrics pertaining to efficiency, cycle times, work-in-progress, manpower, cost performance, and product delivery.

  • Partner with manufacturing management to develop and track recovery plans that instill confidence within program management and customers

  • Apply systems thinking in the development of metrics to improve product flow from the release of raw materials through product delivery.

  • Provide capacity planning, rate tool analyses, and facility layouts to ensure the ongoing success of composite operations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 5 Years of relevant experience; Master's Degree with 3 Years relevant experience. Note: An additional 4 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Ability to work on an assembly floor.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret level clearance, including Special Program Access within a reasonable period, as determined by the company to meet its business needs. Clearance is required to start.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)

  • Expertise using excel, including macros, data mining, and pivot tables.

  • Experience with data analysis, or data visualization software applications

  • Active DoD clearance

  • Special Program Access

  • Demonstrated interest in leadership with community involvement, extracurriculars, etc.

Salary Range: $77,700 - $116,500

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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