Staff Manufacturing Readiness Systems Engineer (level 5) Linthicum, MD

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.

The Maritime Land Systems & Sensor (MLSS) Operations team of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking a Staff Manufacturing Readiness Systems Engineer.

The MLSS Operations Systems Engineering team engages with low manufacturing readiness level (MRL) programs across business units to ensure manufacturing capabilities required for strategic applications are being developed and are ready for implementation into production.

The Division Operations Systems Engineer (DOSE) engages with the MLSS business units during pre-proposal and proposal program phases to offer insight into higher yielding, novel, and evolving manufacturing processes. This position may require performing the manufacturing portion of a Manufacturing Readiness Assessment (MRA) as well as assisting other functions in their assessments. Based on the MRA, the DOSE is responsible for leading cross-functional teams to develop Manufacturing Maturity Plans (MMP) which includes but is not limited to executing Affordability, Operations Planning, and Strategic Sourcing Efforts.

The MMP also involves the alignment of Manufacturing Capital, Internal Research and Development (IRAD), Manufacturing Technology Advancement (MTA) resources to the development of discriminating technologies including additive manufacturing, advanced packaging, automation/robotics, electro/optics, data analytics, and digital fabric.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Interface with MLSS Business Unit to stay current with new concept and proposal programs

  • Technical interface for Business Unit integrated program teams (IPT) for projects that are MRL 5 or less

  • Lead the development of MRAs and MMPs

  • Partner with Global Supply Chain and the IPTs in making smart make/buy/align decisions

  • Participate in producibility reviews for new product designs

  • Recommend design improvements to produce lower cost/higher performing products

  • Understand and translate state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers by interfacing with manufacturing subject matter experts

  • Develop discriminating IRAD and capital investment plans

  • Develop cost models and perform affordability efforts to meet program cost targets

The ideal candidate:

•Is self-motivated, works independently, and is passionate about next generation sensor technology

•Must be able to understand complex technical issues and frame them in context for program management and functional Vice Presidents alike

•Has excellent organizational, project management and communication skills

HYBRID TELECOMMUTING would be considered for the ideal candidate. For this job, HYBRID TELECOMMUTING means being in the office at least 2 days a week.

This job is also posted as a Senior Principal (R10122481).

Basic Qualifications:

•Bachelor of Science degree or higher in engineering, science or other relevant STEM area plus 14 years of experience or a Master's degree with 12 years of relevant experience (or 9 years with a PhD)

•Broad knowledge of processes and materials used to make Actively Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) including semiconductor technology, microelectronic assembly, surface mount technology and materials for RF performance

•Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret clearance. This requires US Citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications:

•5 or more years of manufacturing process engineering related experience

•2 or more years of program experience (operations program manager, program management)

•Familiarity with process development and control methodologies such as Design of Experiment (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and 6 sigma concepts

•Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and experience with automated equipment

•Understanding of factory costing methodology and process yield metrics

•Basic understanding of concepts related to typical manufacturing systems such as: MRP, kitting, batch sizing, configuration control and workflow routings

•Familiarity with MIL-STD, JEDEC and Space class hardware requirements


Salary Range: $153,600 - $230,400

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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