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Principal Quality Engineer

Nashua, NH, USA | BAE Systems

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    5-7 years
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You don’t see it, but it’s there. Our employees work on the world’s most advanced electronics – from saving emissions in the City of Lights to powering the Mars Rover to protecting the F-35 fighter jet. At Electronic Systems, you’ll be among the brightest minds, working on the aerospace and defense industry’s most difficult problems. Drawing strength from our differences, we’re innovating for the future. And you can, too.

Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. We put our customers first – exemplified by our missions: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®” and “We Innovate For Those Who Move The WorldTM.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with us.

We are looking for an experienced Supplier Quality Engineer to be the SQA Lead on the RF Microwave Commodity Team. The RF/MW SQA Commodity lead will implement tools and processes to insure suppliers in the RF Microwave commodity are prepared and have robust plans to deliver first time quality to BAE Systems program customers and provide continuous improvement on current hardware. The SQA Commodity Lead will also investigate, evaluate, and resolve supplier quality problems by conducting audits, analyzing defect trends, and leading continuous improvement projects The SQA Commodity Lead will conduct capability assessments that verify supplier qualifications, travel to assigned suppliers, and lead multiple projects to completion. The candidate must be a self-starting problem solver who will utilize your analytical skills to find innovative solutions to quality-related issues. Strong communication skills are required to insure suppliers understand requirements and expectations, make progress reports and present findings.

Expected Travel requirement: Approximately 25% plus. This will be a mix of local, day visits as well as overnight travel, outside the local area.

Additionally you will:

Utilize supplier Scorecards/metrics and analytical tools to quantify performance levels of individual suppliers and work with those suppliers to develop improvement plans to achieve 100% quality performance

Help implement AS9145 (APQP/PPAP) elements such as MSA’s, PFMEA’s & control plans.

Work closely with the supply base as the liaison between BAE Systems and the suppliers

Evaluate the impact of nonconforming product, assess adequacy of supplier corrective action responses, and ensure long term, zero defect driven process improvements are put in place.

Champion problem solving and root cause analysis activities with suppliers to eliminate recurrence of non‐conformances

Perform Audits and Product Process Verification (PPV's) of product at supplier locations

Perform and Evaluate First Article Inspections per the requirements of AS9102 as well as train suppliers to meet BAE’s expectations and requirements

Drive “Zero Defect” mentality within the supply base

Conduct regular quality and delivery council meetings with the supplier, utilizing a cross functional team, to communicate supplier status, close running action items, and drive continuous improvement.

Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires US citizenship status.

Required Skills and Education

Must be able to attain a secret security clearance

Working knowledge of AS9100 Quality Systems

Well versed in Mil-Std-883, particularly Methods 2010, 2017, 2032. Mil-Std-750, Mil-PERF-38534, Mil-Std-130

Working knowledge of various Microelectronics Processes including: Substrate attach, Epoxy automatic and manual machines. Hermetic Seal using laser and resistance welding

Familiarity with Environmental Stress Screening including Temperature Shock, Burn-in, Fine & Gross Leak, mechanical shock

Familiarity with Dispensing, Component Attach (both epoxy and eutectic), wire and ribbon bonding

Working knowledge of Statistical Process Control and its application to Microelectronics processes

Strong GD&T skills, including experience with the review and approval of First Article Inspections based on AS9102 industry standard

Preferred Skills and Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technical field with 6+ years of experience in RF/Microwave manufacturing and test environments or equivalent industry experience

Working knowledge of supply chain logistics from raw material to finished goods including experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system/Quality Management Software system

Certified in lean and six-sigma quality methodologies and capable of utilizing quality tools to help drive continuous improvement (Greenbelt and Blackbelt)

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