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Northrop Grumman Sr. Principal Material Process 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, Strategic 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 Senior Principal Material Process Engineer, located in our Devens, MA facility.


Reporting to the Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, the Material Process Engineer, also known as the the Parts, Materials, and Process (PM&P) Engineer analyzes, researches, and develops materials and has input on their related fabrication and application processes to develop and optimize materials for use in engineering design of and/or application in structures, systems and subsystems. Applies principles of chemistry, physics, and material behavior to develop metallic, non-metallic and composite material and processing specifications, fabrication, and assembly processes. Develops, analyzes and applies material properties and design allowables, processing processes and quality engineering specifications. Material analyses may include failure analysis of components, systems and subsystems, life predictions, and definition and requirement specifications. The performance and contribution of this role will be key to the company’s success. The successful candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment and collaborative/team settings across all levels. This position requires a leader as well as a team player who will have significant interaction with functional management, and engineering personnel from other areas, NG sites, as well as customers.


  • Participate in design reviews, program reviews, vendor qualifications, failure analysis, trade studies, and qualification review boards

  • Support and provide technical guidance to activities including the failure review board, the corrective action process, and the material review board

  • Develop and implement PM&P processes and have a solid understanding of prohibited materials and processes used in the fabrication of commercial, military, and space hardware including optics

  • Develop, define, and update Process Engineering specifications and documentation based on programmatic requirements

  • Critical reviewer of work instructions, drawings, and engineering documentation that support the successful manufacture of systems and components consistent with the customers intended application

  • Formulate detailed instructions/material test plans and be the lead in their execution with proven data analysis methodologies and knowledge of design and manufacturing processes

  • Self-starter who takes ownership of tasks, oversees delegated tasks, checks results for accuracy, and documents those results.

  • Collaborate closely with Subject Matter Experts, suppliers, procurement, design, manufacturing, and quality engineers, as well as functional managers

  • Implement and continue leadership of the PMPCB (Parts, Materials, and Materials Control Board)

  • Set up and maintain databases for the As Designed Parts List (ADPL) and the As Designed Materials and Parts List (ADMPL) as well as the approved program version (PAPL and PAMPL) of each

  • The PM&P engineer will also be responsible for engineering analysis support on thermal, mechanical, reliability, survivability, and other space specific testing that a program or contract may require

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline plus 9 years of experience in a technical role OR a Master’s of Science degree in a STEM discipline plus 7 years in a technical role.

  • Experience with qualification of parts materials and processes for commercial, defense, and space applications.

  • Solid understanding of GD&T

  • Clear, concise oral and written communication skills

  • Strong critical thinking and logical reasoning skills and the ability to apply them to solve issues and predict potential technical risks at suppliers.

  • Conducts business with impeccable ethics; fosters ethical behavior at all times. Maintains a positive and professional working environment.

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

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Power Point, Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • US Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of the manufacture of optical components, optical assembly and/or ceramic processing

  • Working knowledge of ASTM and MIL spec. requirements

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Flexibility to work in a changing environment

  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time as required

Salary Range: $0.00 - $0.00

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.

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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