Sr Principal Engineer Manufacturing SystemsPalmdale, 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 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.

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 in aviation, systems engineering, aerospace, or manufacturing/production OR PhD with 4 or more years' experience in aviation, systems engineering, aerospace, or manufacturing/production.

  • 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 10-25% of the time.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret Clearance.

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

  • Proficient experience with composite manufacturing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current and active DoD Secret Clearance.

  • 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 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

  • 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 Composites Layup, Composites Assembly, Transition to Production, and/or production manufacturing operations.

  • Extensive experience working Composite materials (i.e. Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Kevlar, etc.)

  • Technical Writing capability

Salary Range: $133,000 - $199,600

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 most positions.