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Northrop Grumman Principal Supplier Quality Engineer (Space/Satellite Systems) in Gilbert, Arizona


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 50% of the Time


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.


  • A Supplier Quality Engineer works with internal business units and suppliers to address ongoing supplier quality issues, continued improvement of suppliers, and ensuring suppliers meet quality requirements.

  • Serve as the Safety & Mission Assurance point of contact for suppliers and work with internal customers in support of supplier quality issues.

  • Perform supplier quality system assessments and performance evaluations.

  • Collaborate with the Space Sectors Common Supplier Management Council to address sector level quality issues.

  • Be the Supplier Assurance Quality Lead for supplier quality issues and internal customers.

  • Lead effective supplier root cause and corrective action for non-conforming hardware.

  • Support Material Review Boards (MRBs) to ensure the timely disposition of non-conforming products.

  • Performed maintenance activities of the Approved Supplier List (ASL).

  • Lead and managed continuous improvement projects for the Supplier Assurance Group.

  • Perform source inspections at the supplier’s facility for mandatory inspection points.

  • Lead and manage SCARs to timely root cause investigation, implementation and closure.

  • Responsible for KPI’s and reporting supplier performance metrics for monthly reviews.

Position can be filled as a Principal (level 3) or Sr Principal (level 4) depending on experience.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or management discipline

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in engineering function or 7 years experience of combined experience in engineering function and work experience in technical field related to manufacturing, quality assurance, or engineering (level 3) or 9 years experience in engineering function or 11 years of combined experience in engineering function and work experience in technical field related to manufacturing, quality assurance, or engineering (level 4)

  • U.S. citizen

  • Previous use and full comprehension of various Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa/Fishbone, FMEA, DOE, etc.

  • Able to read engineering documentation and perform inspections to drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and other types of engineering-developed instructions

  • Knowledge and application of Lean Manufacturing Principles and/or Six Sigma Principles in some facet of work history

  • Willingness to travel to field sites for audit or inspection purposes

  • Achieve ASQ Certification as CQE (or equivalent from another organization)

  • Achieve Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from accredited institution

  • Fluent in use of Quality System and ERP/MRP databases, such as TIPQA or CP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ASQ Certification as CQE (or equivalent from another organization)

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from accredited institution

Salary Range: $79,700.00 - $119,500.00Salary Range 2: $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.

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 January 18, 2022, or by your start date if it is after January 18. 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.