Senior Principal Supplier Quality Engineer


Job Description
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 World TM ." 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 implement tools and processes to insure suppliers starting new work are prepared and have robust plans to deliver first time quality to BAE program customers. The person will also investigate, evaluate, and resolve supplier quality problems by 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. Strong communication skills are required to insure suppliers understand requirements and expectations, make progress reports and present findings.

You will be reporting to the Supplier Quality Manager.

Expected Travel requirement: Approximately 10%. This will be a mix of local, day visits as well as some 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
  • Evaluate the impact of nonconforming product and assess suppliers' corrective actions
  • Champion problem solving and root cause analysis activities with suppliers to eliminate recurrence of non-conformances
  • Perform Source Inspection 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
  • Drive "Zero Defect" mentality within the supply base
  • Presentations at Program Reviews
Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires US citizenship status.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technical field 8+ years of experience or 12+ years of experience in lieu of degree
  • Experience in a Defense Electronics Prime Contract environment
  • Working knowledge of AS9100 Quality System
  • 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


Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Working knowledge of and/or certification to J-STD-001
  • Experience and/or certification to MIL-STD-883 Test Methods 2010, 2017, and 2032 Pre-cap internal visual inspection.
  • Experience with optical and/or microwave inspections, product test, equipment and instrumentation
  • Working knowledge of PWB/CCA Inspection/test, equipment and instrumentation. (IPC-A-600)
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Green / Black Belt


About BAE Systems Electronic Systems
BAE Systems Electronic Systems is the global innovator behind game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere - from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact - for our customers and the communities we serve.