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Northrop Grumman Sr Principal Supplier Quality Engineer in Plymouth, Minnesota


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: No relocation assistance available


TRAVEL: Yes, 25% of the Time


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Northrop Grumman is currently seeking an experience Supplier Quality Engineer who can lead Quality activities at our suppliers. The position will report into our Quality Organization located within our Plymouth, Minnesota facility.

Job Functions:

  • Will be responsible for multiple components commodities.

  • Leads audits, continuous improvement activities and periodic performance reviews at component suppliers

  • Provides analysis in support of supplier quality activities including working with suppliers on corrective action activities.

  • Provides internal and external QMS compliance audit support

  • Analyze overall supplier quality performance information to identify risks and trends.

  • Assures supplier process and product quality, including contractual, regulatory, and technical compliance.

  • Interfaces directly with supplier personnel and must be knowledgeable in and capable of assessing both supplier quality and manufacturing processes and procedures.

  • Conducts product and process verification activities, monitors supplier quality performance, and drives root cause corrective action analysis for supplier quality issues.

  • Supports the maintenance of the approved supplier list and periodically reviews supplier performance to determine whether suppliers should remain on the approved list.

  • Coordinates supplier requests for waivers, deviations and discrepancy reporting process.

  • Keeps management apprised of supplier performance, quality status, and risks.

  • Coordinates and oversees Supplier Quality plan implementation through all program phases.

  • Actively engages in supplier evaluation, qualification and selection as part of the Business Acquisition Process (BAP) and as new procurements are required on existing programs.

This position may be filled at a higher level depending on experience and/or education.


Basic Qualifications for Principal Supplier Quality Engineer:

  • Prefer degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Bachelors of Science in a STEM field

  • At least five years of quality engineering experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Supplier quality engineering experience

  • Excellent command of the 8D process for effective root cause determination and corrective actions

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, presentation skills and an excellent statistical analysis ability

  • Excellent people skills to work with internal customers and suppliers to achieve quality improvement activities

  • Familiarity with AS9100 or ISO 9100 Quality Management Systems.

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

  • Solid Understanding of Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis (DFMEA) and Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis (PFMEA).

  • Computer and software expertise specifically MS Office products; Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Ability to travel for work 25% of the time

Basic Qualifications for Principal Supplier Quality Engineer:

  • Includes all of the above with the addition of at least 9 years of quality engineering experience in a manufacturing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six Sigma Green or Black belt formal certification

  • Good understanding of the Six Sigma concept.

  • ASQ Quality Engineer Certification (CQE)

Salary Range: $87,800.00 - $131,600.00Salary Range 2: $108,900.00 - $163,300.00

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.

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