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Northrop Grumman Principal/Senior Principal Industrial Engineer (AOX) in Devens, Massachusetts


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: No relocation assistance available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% 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.

United in pride and shared goals, Northrup Grumman employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Northrup Grumman is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. We are seeking a Principal Industrial Engineer to join our team in Devens, MA.

As a Principal Industrial Engineer this function will support Capital Facilities Projects associated with improving, modernizing, and upgrading assembly, integration, and test areas. This role requires strong project management skills and experience, excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills, and acting in partnership with the Facilities Engineering Project Manager, Cost Account Manager, and the functional teams (Process Work Centers, Value Stream Managers, Manufacturing Engineering, Design / Analysis Engineering, & Test Engineering) to help with the planning, logistics, and requirements verification of project(s).

This position may be filled at either the Principal or Senior Principal level.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement plans that ensure the timely availability and effective utilization of labor, general facilities & space utilization, equipment, & tooling resources enabling the achievement of program delivery and cost milestones

  • Conducts studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems

  • Based on outcomes from the studies, develop and implement plans and programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods

  • May assist facility engineers in the planning and design of facilities

  • Develop and summarize analysis for the acquisition, maintenance & enhancement of capital assets and miscellaneous equipment

  • Provide capacity planning, shop-loading and staffing analysis for functional production teams

  • Analyze existing operational processes and develops metrics and reporting to optimize and improve program & operational performance

  • May be required to support more than one product line and manufacturing area(s), as well as support multiple program or production managers

  • Will require to do some light lifting, taping of floors, organize shop areas, facilitate equipment movements, etc.

  • Advance / perpetuate lean manufacturing (5S, 5 Why, Ishikawa Diagrams, Standard Work, kaizen, Visual Management, etc.) as much as possible through teaching, demonstration, and general communication

  • Support kaizen activities (participation, kaizen champion, leader/co-leader, and/or facilitator)

  • Pull together consensus and act as a point of reference for developing and implementing continuous improvement projects based on that consensus

  • Analyze existing operational processes and develop sense for operational needs of team members

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering or Math with 5+ years of experience performing Industrial Engineering roles and/or functions; OR Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) with 2+ years of experience performing Industrial Engineering roles and/or functions

  • 5 years minimum experience working in a manufacturing environment and hands on experience using shop floor production system (MES)

  • Proficient in MS Project, Excel & PowerPoint

  • Excellent communicator

  • Demonstrated ability to work both as a team member and individual contributor

  • US Citizenship is a bona fide requirement

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal (level 4):

  • Same as above, but with 9+ years of experience performing Industrial Engineering roles and/or functions; OR Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) with 7+ years of experience performing Industrial Engineering roles and/or functions

Preferred qualifications

  • Lean or Six Sigma Certification

  • Demonstrated experience as an “agent of change” through hands-on implementation of Lean, continuous improvement, TPS, TOC, etc.

  • Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (SAP or Cost-Point etc.)

  • Proficient with AutoCAD or Visio software

  • Ability to tailor your message to any audience

  • Familiarity with aerospace, space, and composites is highly desired

  • Exposure / familiarity to UG NX, Solidworks, Catia, etc. is a plus

Salary Range: $92,200.00 - $138,400.00Salary Range 2: $114,300.00 - $171,500.00

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 . 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.

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With careers across all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space – our 90,000 employees work as one to defend and define the future. Northrop Grumman careers and internships are as varied as your interests, with a lifetime of potential that will give you every opportunity to do your best work. Working together with people from many backgrounds, personal passions and disciplines, we share a drive to push the boundaries of science, technology and engineering to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide.