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Principal Quality Engineer
mercury Chantilly, VA

Principal Quality Engineer

Chantilly, VA
  • Medical , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time
Job Description

During product development, this role participates in guiding the design for quality, manufacturability and producibility, while ensuring project quality plans are compliant to the customers' requirements and applicable standards and regulations. After the initial design and development is complete, transitioning the product to manufacturing is a critical aspect of this role. This role ensures the implementation of the quality plan, becomes a key technical interface between engineering development and the manufacturing team, and provides metrics/feedback to the organization on the NPI process, and leads improvement.


During manufacturing, this role works to improve process capability, repeatability, and efficiency as well as product quality. This is accomplished by working with engineering, manufacturing, suppliers and the customer. This role will focus on delivering quality product that meets customer requirements, identifying opportunities for yield improvement, process improvement, and product cost-reduction methods. An emphasis for this role is developing/improving underlying business practices and processes to enable consistency, efficiency and ability to scale.


This role will participate and/or lead failure analysis in manufacturing and for field failures, develop troubleshooting & repair schemes, develop manufacturing process controls and documentation, interface with manufacturing and quality personnel to train and transfer processes & knowledge for successful volume production launches, and engage with suppliers as needed to drive improvement and implement process controls.

This is a hands-on role that works with a team of quality engineers, technicians and inspectors that are engaged through the entire life cycle of product, starting during development, continuing with transitioning of product to manufacturing, and then supporting the continuous manufacture of product.


Job Responsibility:

  • Prevent defects through use of process, supplier, manufacturing, and quality controls.
  • Develop and implement product quality plans, PFMEA, control plans
  • Ensure product compliance through a comprehensive set of functional tests and inspections.
  • Lead the qualification of new suppliers and internal processes.
  • Understand sources of variation in the supply chain, manufacturing & test processes and control them.
  • Assist in the evaluation and improvement of manufacturing processes, through lean concepts and Six Sigma, while driving a lean quality culture.
  • Lead a robust root-cause and corrective action process, working with engineering, suppliers and customers.
  • Oversee the effective review, implementation, and flow down of changes (ECOs) into manufacturing and the supply chain, including material disposition actions.
  • Drive efficient processing of customer RMAs, effective failure analysis, and responsive communication to customers.
  • Interface and communicate with customers regularly, providing quality status as required.
  • Facilitate continuous improvement of product and process.
  • Monitor, measure and communicate metrics on a predicted cadence.
  • Prepare and deliver quality reviews with management, peer groups and customers.
  • Review customer score cards and ensure alignment of improvement initiatives to customer satisfaction; drive 8D corrective action.
  • Promote adherence to the Quality Management System (AS9100), and drive improvements.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in a technical discipline.
  • 7+ years’ experience in a manufacturing engineering, operations project management, or quality position for complex electromechanical assemblies and systems in a DoD environment.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of AS9100 rev D and working in aerospace environment.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Ability to obtain security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to successfully mentor and coach others and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, including customers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and across departments and the company to support organization strategies.
  • Ability to maintain the professional competence, knowledge, and skill necessary for the performance of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of relevant quality standards, methods and practices.
  • Experience working in a matrix organization, supporting multiple products and projects
  • Knowledge of relevant manufacturing processes such as soldering, machining, brazing/welding, painting and plating.
  • Knowledge of labor standards, line balancing, fault trees and statistical process control.
  • Experience with Agile PLM (or similar), Oracle, Solidworks, Jira, and Jama software.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proven record of initiative, problem solving and the ability to recognize and implement improvements.

Additional Information

Mercury considers a variety of factors to determine individual base salary offers to candidates, including:

* the role and related responsibilities;
* prior work experience;
* education, training, skills and certifications;
* internal equity with others employed by Mercury in similar roles;
* geographic location; and
* alignment with market data.
In addition to base salary, Mercury provides a variety of benefits for team members including:
* bonus opportunities (or special incentives for sales positions);
* health, life and disability insurance;
* company-paid holidays and time off;
* 401(k) retirement plan;
* discounted employee stock purchase plan;
* tuition reimbursement; and
* access to professional development and personal wellness platforms including LinkedIn Learning, Headspace, Aaptiv and Virgin Pulse.
Team members at the Director or Vice President level are also eligible to receive annual stock-based awards.
Mercury offers a 9/80 alternative work schedule that provides employees more opportunity for work/ life balance (available based off location)

Security ClearanceNone
Export Requirements
This position may require you to access information that is subject to U.S. export regulations. You may only access such information if you are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual.  

Why Mercury?
Why should you join Mercury Systems?

Mercury Systems is a technology company that makes the world a safer, more secure place. We push processing power to the tactical edge, making the latest commercial technologies profoundly more accessible for today's most challenging aerospace and defense missions. From silicon to system scale, Mercury enables customers to accelerate innovation and turn data into decision superiority. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, Mercury employs more than 2,300 people in 24 locations worldwide. To learn more, visit

Our Culture

We are committed to making Mercury a great place to work, no matter where our employees are located. We offer a casual and enjoyable atmosphere that allows employees to learn and grow. We help and care for one another and work as one to achieve results for us and for our customers. We value communication and transparency, and strive to foster two-way dialogue at all levels of the organization. We are committed to lifelong learning, offering comprehensive skills training and tuition reimbursement. Whether you're just starting out on your career journey or you are an experienced professional, it's important to us that you feel recognized and rewarded for your contributions.

To find out more about Why Mercury?, or visit the Mercury Community or find answers to general questions at Mercury FAQs

Mercury Systems is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, creed, citizenship, disability, protected veteran or marital status.

As an equal opportunity employer, Mercury Systems is committed to a diverse workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact the number below.

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Chantilly, VA
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Posted date

May 25, 2024

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mercury job posting for a Principal Quality Engineer in Chantilly, VA with a salary of $105,900 to $155,000 Yearly with a map of Chantilly location.