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Northrop Grumman Principal Manufacturing Engineer in Devens, Massachusetts


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 25% of the Time


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AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. We are seeking a Principal Manufacturing Engineer for our Devens, MA location.


Reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the Principal Manufacturing Engineer will be a leader in innovation, evaluation, development and implementation of methods and systems in support of complex manufacturing processes; you will be responsible for analyzing operations, designing work flows, production processes with the goal of reducing productivity inefficiencies that will improve and ensure final product requirements and deliverables; you will be given the unique opportunity to contribute to the company’s success by having direct input and accountability for the fabrication and assembly of next generation components and systems processes that utilize state of the art proprietary technologies in a growing environment where manufacturing capacity and strict product requirements are being challenged by an increasing need to produce components and technologies for our industry leading customers.


  • Critical evaluation of current manufacturing practices and identify those needing improvement

  • Develop and execute manufacturing process plans for the production of government and commercial customer hardware/assembled components using tools and methods such as SPC, DOE and RCCA

  • Develop production cost models, standard work and cost saving methods

  • Apply Manufacturing Engineering concepts, techniques, analysis, and decision tools to promote and implement changes in manufacturing.

  • Develop models, data bases and software to analyze data (e.g., statistics, product yield, manufacturing cost, take time, etc.), and provides expert analysis and metrics to support improvements in manufacturing efficiency, facility expansion, eliminate excess inventory and efficient layout

  • Leads in the application of extensive manufacturing engineering techniques and concepts to support product design and the manufacturing engineering teams throughout all phases of product lifecycle, resulting in robust production practices that meets program requirements.

  • Ensures projects are completed within budget, and on schedule.

  • Uses engineering methods (e.g., mathematical models, simulation, statistics) to develop optimal process designs and efficient utilization of resources (e.g., facilities, personnel, materials, equipment) in the creation, validation and expansion of products.

  • Through analysis and design of the value stream, including capability, capacity, throughput, work flow to define/resolve production bottlenecks and logistic concerns (e.g., critical path, lead-time, transportation, factory layout).

  • Research, design, develop, improve, and implement processes to enhance schedule performance, lower cost, and improved quality, through the application of advanced Lean and other Industrial Engineering concepts for large scale systems integration and asset utilization.

  • Develop and implement plans that ensure the timely availability and effective utilization of labor, general facilities & space utilization, equipment, & tooling resources enabling the achievement of program delivery and cost milestones

  • Conducts studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems

  • Based on outcomes from the studies, develop and implement plans and programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods

  • May assist facility engineers in the planning and design of facilities

  • Develop and summarize analysis for the acquisition, maintenance & enhancement of capital assets and miscellaneous equipment

  • Provide capacity planning, shop-loading and staffing analysis for functional production teams

  • Analyze existing operational processes and develops metrics and reporting to optimize and improve program & operational performance

  • May be required to support more than one product line and manufacturing area(s), as well as support multiple program or production managers

  • Advance / perpetuate lean manufacturing (5S, 5 Why, Ishikawa Diagrams, Standard Work, kaizen, Visual Management, etc.) as much as possible through teaching, demonstration, and general communication

  • Support kaizen activities (participation, kaizen champion, leader/co-leader, and/or facilitator)

  • Pull together consensus and act as a point of reference for developing and implementing continuous improvement projects based on that consensus

  • Analyze existing operational processes and develop sense for operational needs of team members

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering related discipline

  • 3+ years of experience in Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering or similar role in manufacturing

  • Experience applying and implementing lean methodologies in manufacturing/production environments including root-cause and Ishikawa analysis

  • Practical application of AS9100, ISO 9001-2008, AS9145 or similar quality systems

  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal), critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem solving skills that predict potential technical risks (internal and suppliers)

  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills

  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering or related discipline

  • Lean Six Sigma Certification

  • Experience working with the manufacture of optical components, optical assembly and/or ceramic material applications/processes

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand, walk, sit for extended periods of time -- Will require doing some light lifting, taping of floors, organize shop areas, facilitate equipment movements, etc.

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time as required

Salary Range: $92,000.00 - $138,000.00

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ ), we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021 or by your start date if it is after December 8th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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