BAE Systems Principal Supplier Quality Engineer in Hudson, New Hampshire

Job Description

BAE Systems is looking for an experienced Principal Supplier Quality Engineer who:

  • Would be excited to join a leading top tier global aerospace & defense enterprise

  • Has a long standing passion for electronics and software technology innovation

  • Is a good fit for a business that is regarded by its customers as a world class innovator across a broad span of technologies in the space, air, land, and sea, and undersea domains in both defense and commercial applications

  • Enjoys working with quality managers, engineers, business leaders and suppliers to continuously improve supplier performance.

  • Is motivated by staying on the leading edge of innovation and best practices in quality science and Lean Six Sigma.

  • Has an energetic desire to solve problems and challenges.

  • Is interested in personal growth.

This position will be based in Hudson NH and include approximately 50% plus travel. Travel will be a mix of local, day visits as well as overnight travel, outside the local area.

We are looking for an experienced 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 nonconformances

  • Perform Production Process Verifications (PPV's) at supplier locations and participate or lead 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

Typical Education & Experience

Bachelor's Degree and 8 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

  • Bachelor's Degree and 8 years work experience or equivalent experience

  • Experience in a high volume manufacturing environment

  • Mechanical / machine parts 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

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training / experience / certification

  • 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 Skills and Education

  • Bachelor s Degree in Engineering or Technical field

  • Proficiency with Minitab or similar software package

  • Lean Six Sigma 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

About BAE Systems Electronic Systems

BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.

The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression

Principal Supplier Quality Engineer


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