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Northrop Grumman Principal Engineer Manufacturing in Palmdale, California

Climb to new heights on your journey when you start Defining Possible with Northrop Grumman. Enjoy a purposeful career in aeronautics that is crucial to the way we connect and protect our world across land, sea, and air. Bring your experience and take advantage of this opportunity to discover how you can start to push past possible and achieve your goals today. Enjoy a diverse, collaborative environment with professionals across the nation ready to help launch your career.

Our Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking an Principal Engineer Manufacturing to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will support our Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Innovation development team and will be located in Palmdale, CA.

As a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Innovation development team, you will define, develop, implement, and transition new technology solutions to manufacturing to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and improve quality. Manufacturing concept and process solutions for production applications cover advanced technologies including but not limited to composites fabrication, assembly, automation, inspection, direct part manufacturing, LO technologies, as well as digital capabilities. The role requires designing manufacturing processes, procedures and production layouts for assemblies, equipment installation, processing, machining and material handling, as well as incorporation of requirements into development plans and evaluation of performance of processes and tools to verify their efficiency. In addition, you will identify and initiate corrective action of problems and deficiencies to ensure R&D contractual obligations (technical, schedule, and cost) are met and product quality is maintained. In this role, you will provide guidance regarding design concepts, directly support and ensure the successful implementation of new solution capabilities released to production, and specification requirements to best utilize resources and manufacturing techniques, and ensure processes and procedures are in compliance with regulations. This role involves interfacing with internal and external customers, program offices, engineering disciplines, and executive management. In addition, the role will require the ability to handle multiple projects concurrently in a dynamic/fast-paced work environment. Support leadership in maintaining budget responsibilities and project management objectives.

As a member of the team you will be involved with all aspects of the Manufacturing Technology Development cycle. Specific responsibilities will be to 1) identify customer needs and define requirements, 2) identify and develop innovative solutions leveraging technology to meet customer needs, 3) generate statements of work, requirements, and test plan documents, 4) develop project deliverables and detail plans, 5) execute established project plans with transition of new capability.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 5 years of computer aided design experience; OR a Master's Degree with 3 years of computer aided design experience; OR High School diploma/GED with 9 years of computer aided design experience will be accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • Experience supporting manufacturing/production operations with a firm understanding of manufacturing processes and procedures

  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Experience with using Microsoft Office Products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, MS-Project, Visio)

  • Self-starter who is able to work with minimal direction

  • Must have a current active DOD Secret or Top Secret Clearance with an investigation date/periodic review within the last 5 years.

  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain Program Special access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business needs

  • Ability to travel 10-15% of the time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Special Program Access

  • Experience with NX Siemens, CPLM, MES, CATIA, or Solid Works

  • Ability to demonstrate independent creative thinking and problem solving capabilities

  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently in meeting customer requirements/expectations

  • Direct experience statusing and/or communicating to all levels of the organization

  • Experience in the development, capture, and execution of R&D technology capabilities. Assessing maturity of new technology for transition to production

  • Experience with authoring proposals, technical documents, and procedures

  • Experience with CBA/ROI analysis and justifications

  • Project / Program Management skills (proposal creation, scheduling, budget tracking)

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