Principal/ Sr Principal Engineer Mission AssuranceRidgecrest, 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.

Job Summary

Implement Quality Assurance Program Plans for individual flight and development hardware programs addressing design, manufacturing, integration, and test activities in accordance with company and contractual requirements. Work as a member of an integrated product team of the Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, Advanced Weapons Business Unit Mission Assurance staff in various groups to address technical issues, meet program requirements and ensure mission success. Interface with customers, suppliers, and with Integration & Test and Engineering organizations to identify and resolve mission/flight assurance issues. Provide support to Mission Assurance Management in review of various activities including ensuring AS9100D compliance throughout site policies, procedures and practices.

Key Job Responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Provide Mission Assurance oversight of production processes and supporting activities.

  • Execute Safety and Quality Assurance programs, procedures and controls ensuring that products and services conform to company standards of excellence.

  • Adjudicate and process preliminary and final dispositions for product and service non-conformances.

  • Support the development, implementation and maintenance of Mission Assurance policies and procedures.

  • Interface with suppliers in the verification of product design and reliability.

  • Process non-conformances and issue and manage Corrective Actions Requests.

  • Interpret customer technical and mission assurance requirements to ensure these requirements are integrated into program plans, specifications, and product drawings.

  • Provide oversight in non-conformance review, failure investigations, as well as root cause, corrective action and preventive action determinations. Analyze and interpret trends and execute improvements on key metrics.

  • Represents Mission Assurance at different program reviews and review boards including Configuration Control Board (CCB), Corrective Action Board (CAB) and Material Review Board (MRB).

  • Ensure Risk Management activities (DFMEA, PFMEA, Risk Boards) are executed according to standards and procedures.

  • Ensure program contract requirements are flowed down internally and to suppliers, ensures compliance with contract program, quality, organizational, and industry alert requirements.

  • Review and approve design documentation (Qualification Reports, Drawings, ATPs, BOMs, etc).

  • Review and approve production documentation (assembly instructions, MOs and rework instructions).

  • Provide oversight in receiving inspection activities of supplier provided material.

  • Interface with and support DCMA activities including audits and Government Source Inspection (GSI).

  • Provide Mission Assurance Engineering oversight at the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake.

Competencies for Success:

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to work independently / autonomously

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, diverse environment

  • Initiative, self-starter, adaptable, and high motivation for excellence

  • High energy, results oriented, self-motivated / self-reliant, team player

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interface with the organization at all levels

  • Positive individual who is willing to expand current skill set through schooling and training

Education and Experience

Basic qualifications for a Principal Mission Assurance Engineer are:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Bachelor's degree; degree in an Engineering discipline is preferred.

  • 5 years minimum of quality / mission assurance engineering experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance within a timeframe set forth by management.

  • Ability to read engineering documentation and inspect drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions.

  • Knowledge base in Root Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE, 8D, 5 Why, etc.

Basic qualifications for a Senior Principal Mission Assurance Engineer are:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Bachelor's degree; degree in an Engineering discipline is preferred.

  • 9 years minimum of quality / mission assurance engineering experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance within a timeframe set forth by management.

  • Ability to read engineering documentation and inspect drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions.

  • Knowledge base in Root Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE, 8D, 5 Why, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.

  • Current/Active Secret clearance.

  • Costpoint and TipQA experience a plus.

  • Proficient with AS9102 and AS9100D Aerospace standards.

  • Working knowledge or certification(s) in IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620 and J-STD-001 standards.

  • Good working knowledge and experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

Salary Range 2: $129,700 - $197,400

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.