Principal Engineer Supplier QualityUnknown City, 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.

What you will do:

  • Responsible for Supplier Quality risk management.

  • Develops and implements supplier quality evaluation and control systems.

  • Assures supplier process and product quality, including contractual, regulatory, and technical compliance.

  • Interfaces directly with supplier personnel and must be knowledgeable in and capable of assessing both supplier quality and manufacturing processes and procedures.

  • Conducts product and process verification activities, monitors supplier quality performance, and drives root cause corrective action analysis for supplier quality issues.

  • Manages supplier requests for waivers, deviations, and discrepancy reporting process.

  • Keeps management apprised of supplier performance, quality status, and risks.

  • Coordinates and oversees Supplier Quality plan implementation through all program phases.

  • Actively engages in supplier evaluation, qualification, and selection as part of the Business Acquisition Process (BAP) and as new procurement are required on existing programs.

  • Manages implementation of Supplier Quality processes, including supplier approval activities, source selection evaluations, supplier classification designation (Critical, Key and Standard), development and execution of supplier quality risk assessments and mitigation plans, and supplier quality requirements development and flow-downs.

This position is based out of Maryland, and requires local travel

Basic Qualifications

  • BS degree in STEM related field 5+ years of relevant experience; MS Degree 3+ years of relevant experience.

  • Experience with conducting product/ process validation in accordance with AS9102 (First Article Inspection).

  • Experience with AS9100/Equivalent (standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry).

  • Experience with Root Cause and corrective action using industry Problem-Solving tools such as but not limited to Cause-and-Effect diagram, P/FMEA, etc.,

  • Experience working with mechanical design requirements and specifications.

  • Experience in leading audits, New Product Introduction (NPI) and or Production Readiness Reviews.

  • General experience with special processes such as heat treat, brazing, welding, plating, etc.

  • Proficient at planning /organization, and decision-making skills.

  • US citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering

  • Ability to effectively lead supplier problem solving activities utilizing tools such as FMEA, SIPOC to evaluate the manufacturing processes.

  • Experience in implementing APQP and PPAP processes.

  • Experience with manufacturing processes including machining, forging, heat treating, welding and/or brazing.

  • Experience in planning and organizing activities across multiple manufacturing locations.

  • Experience with additive manufacturing.

  • Extensive experience with leading process improvement projects

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Government Security Clearance

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 75% domestically and internationally.

Salary Range: $88,600 - $133,000

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.