Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Gilbert, AZ
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: RS20182108-47157

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Job Summary/Requirements : 

This Manufacturing/Process Engineer should be capable and experienced in working in a broad based manufacturing environment. The Ideal candidate shall possess a Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Manufacturing Engineering plus four years minimum of related experience in the satellite industry supporting Space Flight Hardware Manufacturing. US Citizenship required. Candidate must possess demonstrated leadership skills, excellent interpersonal skills with excellent verbal and written communication ability.

 The candidate must have supervised and implemented process enhancements in a team environment using Lean/ Six Sigma type approaches. Must possess good problem solving skills, organizational skills, communication skills, and work with limited supervision. Must be a self-starter, must be self-motivated, and a team player. Familiarization with ESD, FOD, 5S, and Tool Control required.

Primary Duties

This position will be centered on tactically leading the Harness Work Center. Drive, process, cost, schedule, help direct personnel, and quality in Orbital/ ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility.  

Develop process and procedures in the Manufacturing Enterprise System (MES/ Costpoint). Construct factory floor schedules that support larger Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), lead teams to exceed quality, schedule, and cost targets. 

Perform Kaizen events that challenge current systems and result in robust streamlined process’ from program inception, to Manufacturing Readiness Reviews (MRR), to planning, kitting, material management, goal setting (Budgeting) of per part built durations, monitoring Actual performance to the Budgeted goals.

Perform as Cost Account Manager (CAM) for Harness area.  Perform estimated budget hours/ Basis of Estimate (BOE) for spacecraft Harness builds.  Using meaningful metrics communicate and monitor budget, cost, and schedule performance to the manufacturing Team.

Work with Manager to analyze complex schedules make staffing and process recommendations that support a lean and efficient work force. 


  • A BA/BS in a related Engineering discipline is required.
  • Leadership, personal, problem solving, and listening skills with strong follow-through ability.
  • Prefer candidates who have supervised personnel to build items to IPC, J-Std, and/or NASA standards. 
  • Knowledge of TipQA, Windchill, MES, Costpoint, Cognos, and CREOView preferred.

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.

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 3-5 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space