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Northrop Grumman Mgr Quality Engineering 3 in Linthicum, Maryland

Northrop Grumman Space System Sector is seeking a Quality Engineering Manager 3 to lead the Payload and Ground Supplier Quality team.

As a key leader of the Supplier Quality ,the SQ lead collaborates closely with the division Mission Assurance and GSC leadership to provide strategic thought leadership and preventive solutions to ensure the quality of procured material and services. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated success leading broad organization changes within cost and schedule while achieving internal customer expectations and focusing on organizational and team success. The position requires a solution-based orientation, unwavering ethics and values, and the demonstrated ability to be a trusted partner.

This role can be filled out of one of three Northrop Grumman locations:

  • Linthicum, MD

  • Aurora, CO

  • Redondo Beach, CA Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Engage in Program Capture and Kickoff activities to identify supplier quality risk in program sourcing plans, influence sourcing strategy to include capable suppliers and to identify risk mitigation strategies to minimize impact of poor supplier quality.

  • Collaborate with Program Quality to ensure appropriate quality requirements for programs are identified and flowed down to suppliers via purchasing documents.

  • Coordinate with Supplier Quality Field Quality Engineering team to ensure program risk mitigation strategies are executed in conjunction with key program schedule milestones.

  • Collaborate with Manufacturing and Program organizations to identify and understand supplier quality issues identified in receiving inspection and on the factory floor. Collaborate with all stakeholders to drive suppliers to sustained Root Cause & Corrective Action.

  • Work with program personnel to ensure adequate funding is identified for Supplier Quality risk mitigation and product validation activities; monitor Supplier Quality team activities to ensure consistency with spend plan.

  • Frequently interface with division executives and customer representatives concerning supplier quality risks, mitigation plans, and issue resolution.

  • Collaborate with Division Global Supply Chain teams to ensure critical supplier are identified and the appropriate quarterly quality performance feedback (Supplier Assessments (SAMS) or SAP Scorecards) is accurate and communicated.

  • Sets the strategy to improve supplier performance and ensure supplier quality, regularly communicating program status.

  • Use data-driven processes to measure supplier quality performance, mitigation of risk and to lead continuous improvement processes

  • Collaborate with Division Mission Assurance teams to support Sentinel Alerts process - ensure alerts and process are clearly understood and ensure alerts closure in a timely manner.

  • Promote the professional development of the Supplier Quality team and foster a collaborative culture that sustains the momentum around employee engagement and inclusion, affordability, innovation, value growth and continuous improvement.

  • Establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) at a Division Level to identify and pursue systemic improvement opportunities.

  • Provide clear assignments, help employees connect their efforts to the bigger picture, create an inclusive work environment characterized by mutual respect and the valuing of differences, and build a culture that motivates employees to their highest levels of performance.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Current, active Top Secret Clearance

  • Bachelor's + 14 years of exp; Master's + 12 years of exp: PhD + 9 years of exp

  • Degree in an engineering, technical, business, operations, manufacturing, supply chain or other related discipline with years of industry experience in Program or Project Management, Quality, Mission Assurance, Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain, Operations, or Engineering

  • 3+ years of experience managing and/or leading teams.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the program / product lifecycle in the areas of supply chain management, receiving operations, inventory control, production control, product test & evaluation, root cause analysis, product sell off, shipping and product support as they apply to quality.

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current, active SCI clearance.

  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System certification process.

  • Master's degree in an engineering or management field.

  • Defense Industry experience as a Program or Project Manager, Quality Manager, Supplier Quality Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Engineering Manager or Manufacturing Management

  • Lean / Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification to drive continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills.

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