Principal Engineer Manufacturing or Sr Principal Engineer ManufacturingSykesville, 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 has an immediate need for a Manufacturing Engineer to support the manufacturing assembly area at our Sykesville, MD facility.

The Sykesville manufacturing team is a leading innovator, developer, manufacturer, integrator, and supporter of a variety of advanced electronics for national security and non-defense applications.

The Manufacturing Engineer will provide manufacturing technical expertise and direction for the assembly of large mechanical and electrical systems.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the tasks outlined below:

Floor Support:

  • Solving of manufacturing problems related to materials, designs, equipment, people in a timely manner to support production

  • Developing new and maintaining existing manufacturing processes with a focus on efficiency and quality

  • Developing and revising process documentation and work instruction

  • Assisting with the training of new personnel and participating in the design of operator training materials

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

  • Creating and documenting designs for custom tooling

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

Project Engineering

  • Operates successfully in a team atmosphere

  • Interfacing with both internal and external stakeholders and customers

  • Facilitates Problem Solving process including data gathering, analysis, and presentation

  • Uses Kaizen and LEAN concepts as aides to problem resolution

  • Maintains and continuously develops technical knowledge in processes and products, relevant technologies, and problem solving methodology

  • Creating and managing manufacturing project plans (tasks, resources, schedules) for continuous improvement activities

  • Providing ROI justification for operations improvement efforts

  • Developing and implementing CI tools and methods that support operations execution

  • Monitoring key process indicators, including yields, cost and process capability

  • Recommending and implementing process changes that improve safety, quality, cost and schedule based on the above metrics

Miscellaneous:

  • 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

  • Recommending product design improvements for manufacturability

  • Participating in design producibility reviews for new products

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

This job may be filled as a Principal Engineer or a Senior Principal Engineer based on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Engineering or related STEM area

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience (or 3+ years with an MS)

  • Process Engineering experience in a manufacturing operations environment

  • Fluency in MS Office software applications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Secret Security Clearance (US Citizenship is required.)

Preferred Qualifications for a Principal:

  • Lean Manufacturing Experience and/or Certification

  • 3D Solid Modeling experience using a CAD software

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or better

  • Experience in electro-mechanical assembly processes.

  • Strong project leadership, continuous improvement, and communication skills.

  • Familiarity with J-STD and MIL-STD requirements

  • 3D modeling experience in Unigraphics/NX for assembly tooling, concept development, and tool creation

  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Experience with SAP or other Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system desired.

  • Automation experience

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Engineering or related STEM area

  • 9+ years of relevant professional experience (or 7+ years with an MS)

  • Process Engineering experience in a manufacturing operations environment

  • Fluency in MS Office software applications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Secret Security Clearance (US Citizenship is required.)

Preferred Qualifications for a Senior Principal:

  • Lean Manufacturing Experience and/or Certification

  • 3D Solid Modeling experience using a CAD software

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or better

  • Experience in electro-mechanical assembly processes.

  • Strong project leadership, continuous improvement, and communication skills.

  • Familiarity with J-STD and MIL-STD requirements

  • 3D modeling experience in Unigraphics/NX for assembly tooling, concept development, and tool creation

  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Experience with SAP or other Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system desired.

  • Automation Experience.

Salary Range: $93,000 - $139,600

Salary Range 2: $115,400 - $173,200

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