Staff (LEVEL 5) Manufacturing Systems Project Engineer - Final AssemblyBaltimore, 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector is seeking a Staff Manufacturing Systems Project Engineer to support the Final Assembly area within manufacturing. The primary location is our Linthicum, MD facility.

The Staff Manufacturing Systems Project Engineer has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

Process Development:

  • Developing new and maintaining, or improving, existing manufacturing processes with a focus on production capabilities and affordability.

  • Prototyping, testing, and production support of state of the art systems requiring specialty knowledge and skills related to use of free form modeling, surface analysis, materials, tooling, test fixtures and equipment, and manufacturing processes.

  • Developing project scope requirements, performing technical planning, manufacturing system development, integration, verification and validation.

  • Managing project cost (implementation, ROI), schedule and risk mitigation strategies.

  • Creating and managing project plans (tasks, resources, and schedules) for process development activities.

  • Creating and documenting designs for custom tooling.

  • Specifying, identifying, and procuring new manufacturing equipment for production readiness and preparing equipment for production.

  • Facilitating collaboration across Manufacturing Operations functional support groups through all manufacturing readiness phases.

  • Developing and optimizing process parameters.

  • Developing/revising process documentation and work instructions.

  • Supplier engagement and facilitation of supplier development and risk reduction activities.

Factory Support:

  • Monitoring process yields and cost; recommending and implementing quality improvements to drive improved metrics.

  • Solving of manufacturing problems (related to materials, designs, equipment and tooling, training, and instructions) to support production.

  • Assisting with the training of new personnel and participation in the design of operation training materials.

  • Supporting factory maintenance personnel with the troubleshooting and repair of process equipment.

  • Leading shop floor product / process troubleshooting across cells.

  • Driving root cause corrective action (RCCA) efforts.

Design and Engineering Support:

  • Recommending product design improvements required to produce advanced microelectronics products.

  • Documenting state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers.

  • Participating in design producibility reviews for new products.


  • Providing supplier support, as needed, to resolve issues within supply base.

  • Providing Request for Proposal (RFP) input specifically as it relates to Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) requirements such as tooling, capital equipment and/or new process development.

  • Providing technical leadership and mentoring to less experienced personnel.

The chosen candidate must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment; work well in a team environment; and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Basic Qualifications for a Staff Manufacturing Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Engineering or related STEM area with 14 years of experience in Manufacturing/Process Engineering, Production, or related area - OR - a Master's degree and 12 years of experience in Manufacturing/Process, etc.

  • Experience managing projects in a manufacturing environment.

  • Active DoD Secret clearance or higher (U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with KPIs, cost estimates, work breakdown structures, and continuous improvement experience.

  • Knowledge of Active and Passive Antenna designs and manufacturing processes.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills.

  • Familiarity with J-STD and MIL-STD requirements.

  • Familiarity with Design of Experiment (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and 6 sigma concepts for process development.


Salary Range: $157,500 - $236,300

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.