Sr. Principal Engineer, –

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Requisition ID: R10086616
Category: Engineering
Location: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Secret
Telecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
Positions Available: 1

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

SSSD has an opening for an Sr. Principal Engineer.  This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA and will report directly to the Cryocoolers Operating Unit General Manager.  This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package.


What You’ll Get To Do: 

Selected candidate will support Product Line and Product Readiness execution to ensure mission success.  Lead technical reviews of all Cryocooler drawings, SOW’s, requirements document as required for affordable, on-time hardware deliveries. Performs and assures customer reliability expectations, risk management and maintainability of Cryocooler program deliveries with Mission Assurance (MA) and Engineering functions.  Assesses Cryocooler Production performance and risks and determines resources to ensure customer mission assurance is achieved. This role reports to the Cryocoolers Product Line Manager (PLM) and assists Program Managers (PMs), and Responsible Design Engineers (RDEs) for potential reach across and reach back with Mission Assurance, Production and Engineering.  Assist in developing, implementing and maintaining the Cryocoolers Product Review Boards and ensuring MA Program Quality Plans are being executed.  Support Cryocooler Failure Review Board (FRBs) and Anomaly Review Board (ARB) ensuring identification with stakeholders and support functions of root cause and proper implementation of timely, efficient corrective actions and reach back and reach across the operating unit.  Assist MA function in preparation and execution on of Program Preventive and Corrective Action Board (PCAB). Develop and maintain Cryocooler OU Product Line Metrics.  Assist in the preparation of the Program Management Program Review packages.  Ensure deliverables from PQM with Cryocooler Customer Corrective Action Requests. Support IPT MA & QE in Conditional Acceptance requirements and flow down. Monitor timely closure of Conditionally Accepted hardware and work corrective actions with affected Program(s), and IPT MA & QEs . Support Engineering Review Boards. Acceptance of functional and integrated test events. (Must be able to obtain Top Secret Clearance)

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: 

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage 


Educational Assistance 

Life Insurance 

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions  

Paid Time Off  

Health & Wellness Resources  

Employee Discounts 

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.  

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You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

US Citizenship with an Active Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years)

Bachelor’s Degree in STEM discipline and 9 years, of experience or Master’s with 7 years of experience and or PhD with 0 years of experience. And additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Active Secret Clearance (awarded within the past 6 years) with ability to obtain a Top Secret (TS) security clearance 

Experience in developing and implementing Engineering and Mission Assurance or Quality Assurance plans and Review Boards.

Experience in engineering product configuration and quality management systems to support program processes, audits, and improvement.

Demonstrated ability prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines.

Experience with product configuration management, manufacturing and test labs quality assurance processes.  

Experience with root cause corrective actions and MRB.

Demonstrates strong leadership capabilities.

Previous technical experience with space, air, and/or defense Production products

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a STEM discipline

US Citizenship with an Active Top-Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years)

 Experience with developmental and operational testing.

Experience with Program Management, Functional Management, Mission Assurance Engineering and Quality Engineering practices

Experience in Space Systems/Sub-Systems design, construction, or sustainment

Experience in process monitoring, data collection, analysis, and metric reporting for overall program and segments

Salary Range: $117,700 USD – $176,500 USD

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. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

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 U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBNGJ-R10086616 2023.01.14

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