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Principal Supplier Quality Engineer

Nashua, NH, USA | BAE Systems

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Engineering
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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We are looking for a Principal Supplier Quality Engineer to implement tools and processes to ensure suppliers improve on current products with robust plans and deliver first time quality to BAE program customers. Additionally, this person will be responsible for qualifying new suppliers for the program. The person will also investigate, evaluate, and resolve supplier quality problems and conducting audits, analyzing defect trends, and leading continuous improvement projects. The Supplier Quality Engineer will conduct capability assessments that verify supplier qualifications, travel to assigned suppliers, and lead multiple projects to completion. You must be a self-starting problem solver who will utilize your analytical skills to find innovative solutions to quality-related issues. A strong desire and mindset to drive actions and projects to closure without being prompted is a must. Strong communication skills are required to ensure suppliers understand requirements and expectations, make progress reports and present findings. Ability to summarize briefing/findings at an executive leadership level.


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


Evaluate and assess the impact of nonconforming product and suppliers’ corrective actions, including timely communication with the program team of both.


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


Perform Production Process Verifications (PPV's) at supplier locations and participate in PPAP review process and other aspects of APQP


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


Drive “Zero Defect” culture within the supply base


This position will be based in Hudson NH and include approximately 15-25%+ travel. Travel will be a mix of local, day visits as well as overnight travel, outside the local area.


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


Required Education, Experience, & Skills


Required Skills and Education


Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of experience or 10 years of experience in lieu of degree


Ability to analyze supplier defect/performance data and translate them into an analytical approach. Ability to identify data trends across parts, suppliers, programs and business area. Ability to work and translate analytical data metrics into defect resolution/risk mitigation plans/actions.


Experience in a high volume manufacturing environment


Electro-Mechanical background


Working knowledge of AS9100 or equivalent Quality Management Systems


Working knowledge of commodity inspection/test, equipment and instrumentation


Understanding of drawings and Y14.5 GD&T with ability to determine compliance


Experience executing or coaching suppliers on AS9102 FAIs and PPVs


Ability to read and interpret documents such as technical drawings, specifications, requirements, and procedure manuals


Ability to make decisions using sound judgment while complying with policies, procedures, appropriate principles and applicable state and federal laws and regulations


Excellent planning, time management and organization skills


Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills


Preferred Skills and Education


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technical field


Proficiency with Minitab or similar software package


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black belt training / experience / certification


Experience with APQP & PPAP requirements and implementation or equivalent automotive standards


Experience with Special Processes, Product Production Line Validation, test, equipment, and instrumentation Experience with electrical/mechanical inspections, product test, equipment and instrumentation


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


Machining, casting, cables, optics are a plus


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