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Quality Director

Nashua, NH, USA | BAE Systems

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Quality Assurance
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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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. We put our customers first – exemplified by our missions: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®” and “We Innovate For Those Who Move The World.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems. Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. Nashua New Hampshire is an hour northwest of Boston with all the cultural offerings and professional sports team of city life, and less than two hours from skiing and the New Hampshire Seacoast.


The Successful Candidate


BAE Systems is seeking a Senior Director of Supplier Quality Assurance for its Electronic Systems Sector. This position will lead a geographically diverse team of professionals responsible for development and oversight execution of a lean supply chain to produce high order fulfillment rates, timely delivery, and delivers outstanding quality results. Supports the enterprise in driving quality, improved affordability, efficiency, and supply base performance with supplier partners including Strategic Sourcing initiatives aligned with Company-wide goals and objectives. The ability to effectively partner with multiple functional organizations across Electronic Systems is necessary for success. Demonstrate high degree of compliance, flexibility and efficiency in building systems and trust with suppliers and customers including regulatory agencies.

Significant experience with, and an understanding of, sourcing and execution management in Aerospace and Defense, DoD, International and selected Commercial markets.

A hands-on engaged leader willing to take responsibility for resolving technical challenges. Ability to navigate from enterprise focus and strategic initiatives to tactical day-to-day actions required to support near term business and diverse program needs is required.

Proven ability to design, implement best practice, risk mitigation strategies for all our global supplier model

Ability to build strong supplier relationships and leverage common processes to establish agreements and drive performance is critical.

Coach team leaders and teams to understand the quality science tools and tactics to apply to prevent problems and enable success during start up activities, as well as corrective actions and mistake-proofing during production phases to assure business success.

Coaching of new team members and development of their technical and quality systems skills will be required.

Exhibit strong risk mitigation skills by facilitating effective communication at all levels of the organization and across multiple cultures as well as into the customer or partner community

Has an agile leadership style and able to adjust one’s approach to fit the situation as a driver, coach, mentor, or teacher

A visible leader who takes a collaborative approach with others and comes across as approachable

Relates well with individuals at all levels of the organization, builds appropriate rapport, constructive and effective relationships

Can diffuse high-tension situations calmly and effectively

Key Responsibilities Include

Design and implementation of Supply Chain oversight models to support business growth and improvement strategies with Business Areas and Programs, integrating the use of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) tools in a long cycle business.

Refine and execute strategic commodity oversight plans, in collaboration with team members and internal business partners.

Ensure responsiveness to internal customers to meet service level expectations while optimizing overall operating expenses.

Partner with key suppliers to achieve superior quality performance, balancing risk and cost to develop mutually beneficial relationships that ensure long term success for both parties.

Identify and qualify potential suppliers who provide the necessary technology and materials, which support strategy and business plans. Drive and ensure suppliers are held accountable for meeting continuous improvement initiatives both from a strategic and tactical perspective, focusing on quality improvements

Develop and implement communication strategies to ensure accurate and timely flow of information to leaders, team members, stakeholders and suppliers in the geographic area

Exhibits a high degree of technical credibility and communicates highly technical information in a simplistic and easily understandable way


Required Skills and Education

BS in Engineering or another technical field is required, prefer MS and/or MBA

Minimum LSS Green Belt required, prefer Black Belt certification from ASQ.

14 years of relevant work experience in Supply Chain, Engineering and Quality, preferably with 5 years’ in a senior Supplier Quality Leadership role

10 Years of project, program and portfolio leadership and management experience in automotive or aerospace, commercial and defense hardware and supply chain execution, including risk management

Demonstrated mastery of the functional domain in Quality Science, strategy, standards and controls. Strong written, analytical and verbal communication skills

Experience implementing APQP/PPAP in a large (>$1B annual revenue) manufacturing business

Collaboration skills, Data Analytics, and Proficient in leveraging data science and Root Cause Corrective Actions implementation.

5 years of experience with Best in Class Manufacturing and Supply Chain principles, techniques, and Zero Defect tools and processes

Demonstrated expertise in Industry Standards, Trade Associations, Certifications, and benchmarks

Capable of influencing a wide range of audiences, and having demonstrated leadership skills to win support via expanding sphere of influence across the organization

Willingness to travel up to approximately 50% of the time

Ability to secure a US DoD security clearance


Preferred Skills and Education

Technical MS and MBA degrees

Proficient in leveraging quality science tools, processes and people

Experience implementing AS9145 APQP/PPAP in aerospace and defense industry, or another long cycle business, on both new launch and post-qualification programs

Experience with Quality 4.0, IoT, AI or supply chain AI to enable problem solving, value creation.

ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Auditor or CQM/OE Certification

Active Secret or higher clearance

Approachable hands-on style with the ability to engage with people at all levels of management. Customer experience, including in a regulatory engagement, is desired

Demonstrated track record of recruiting, retaining and promoting talent (executive and managers) to create diverse high performing teams

Must be able to demonstrate accomplishments in setting strategic direction, prioritizing tasks, and overcoming obstacles


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