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Northrop Grumman Principal Manufacturing Engineer in Plymouth, Minnesota

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking an experienced Principal Manufacturing Engineer to provide manufacturing and process engineering technical expertise and project management for our Large Caliber Ammunition production programs in our Plymouth, MN offices. This position is focused on providing technical leadership in the manufacturing of large caliber cartridges and ammunition propulsion systems, and supports the Ammunition business segment at Armament Systems Division.

Discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman. Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman, you'll discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you'll discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world's most critical problems in the most innovative ways.

Role description & Responsibilities:

  • This position reports to the Engineering Manager, Mechanical Production Engineering and is responsible for providing technical leadership, engineering oversight and support on large caliber ammunition programs, as well as other programs in Northrop Grumman's Ammunition program teams.

  • Development and oversight of production processes for products under development and support production at Plymouth, other Northrop Grumman locations and subcontractors, focusing on 120mm and 105mm cartridges and ammunition propulsion systems.

  • Provide manufacturing engineering project management and leadership.

  • Support and/or lead failure investigations, root cause determination, and corrective action implementation.

  • Engineering oversight and interpretation of acceptance and qualification testing results of ammunition materials and components.

  • Contribute to completion of specific program and project milestones.

  • Represent Northrop Grumman to our customers and suppliers.

  • Travel (approximately 25%-40%) domestically to customers and suppliers representing Northrop Grumman's program and business interests.

  • Conceptualize and implement continuous improvement projects internally and with suppliers. Communicate project status and issues to management and customers.

  • Implement and manage strong manufacturing engineering principals to ensure robust production process and high product quality. Examples are SPC, P-FMEA, Mistake Proofing, gage R&R, Production Readiness Reviews, equipment and gage qualifications, and First Article Inspections.


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Engineering required.

  • Minimum 5 years engineering experience in both product development and production environments.

  • Experience working with customer engineering, vendors and subcontractors.

  • Failure analysis and root cause determination.

  • Ability to travel domestically.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.

  • Able to Travel 25-40% - typical travel is 1 week a month.

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with leading teams is highly desirable.

  • Experience with energetics and ballistic testing is highly desirable.

  • Experience with managing cost and schedule.

  • Prior experience in project management.

  • Prior experience working in the defense industry and/or with U.S. Government contracts.

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