Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer/Senior Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer Palmdale, 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer (Level 3) or Senior Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer (Level 4) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position 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 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, TRL/MRL maturity, 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. Budgeting and Project Management skills will be utilized to properly scope and execute assigned work and manage project efforts.

This position may be hired at a higher level.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer (Level 3):

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline with 5 or more years' experience in aviation, systems engineering, aerospace, or manufacturing/production; OR Master's Degree with 3 or more years' experience OR PhD with 0 or more years' experience.

  • Experience working with IPTs, other stakeholders, and various customers such as Air Force and Navy

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

  • Strong Familiarity with Process Development & Controls.

  • Ability to travel 20-35% of the time.

  • A current and active DoD Secret level security clearance with a periodic re-investigation OR an original adjudication date completed within the last 5 years.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access.

Basic Qualifications for Senior Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer (Level 4):

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline with 9 or more years' experience in aviation, systems engineering, aerospace, or manufacturing/production; OR Master's Degree with 7 or more years' experience OR PhD with 4 or more years' experience.

  • Experience working with IPTs, other stakeholders, and various customers such as Air Force and Navy

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

  • Strong Familiarity with Process Development & Controls.

  • Ability to travel 20-35% of the time.

  • A current and active DoD Secret level security clearance with a periodic re-investigation OR an original adjudication date completed within the last 5 years.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Special Program Access.

  • Demonstrated technical leadership skills, decisiveness, and ability to make sound technical judgments with limited information.

  • Well-versed, skilled, and disciplined in system engineering processes.

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

  • Experience in the development, integration, and deployment of network architecture and digital infrastructure.

  • Experience in generating requirements, specifically, the ability to turn vague customer needs or stakeholder inputs into requirements.

  • Proposal experience, and experience in other early phases of program lifecycle

  • Advanced Communication Systems Experience.

  • Prior experience operating in a dynamic environment of increasing production schedules and high delivery rates.

  • Siemens NX, TcE, CPLM, SAP, and Manufacturing Execution Systems.

  • CAM Experience.

  • Experience in hardware/software integration of manufacturing systems.

  • Experience with production assembly/fabrication including Digital Transformation, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Systems Integration, IIoT, RFID, and/or production manufacturing operations.

  • Extensive experience working with Edge Devices (EUD) (HoloLens1, HoloLens2, Tablets).

  • Working knowledge of classified information systems infrastructure.

  • Digital Manufacturing experience.

  • Architecture, Design & Integration experience for engineering systems and software.

  • Technical Writing capability.

Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

Salary Range 2: $129,700 - $194,500

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.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.