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Principal Supplier Quality Engineer

Nashua, NH, USA | BAE Systems

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    10-12 years
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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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