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SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER (MECHANICAL)
- Technical management of custom part suppliers for mechanical commodities
- Collaborate with sourcing team to strategically source parts matched with supplier competencies
- Develop and maintain supplier audit system to meet product and business requirements
- Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality system to provide feedback as appropriate on manufacturing methods and technologies.
- Lead Operations interface with other NPI support functions such as Procurement, Design Engineering, Reliability, and Supplier Quality
- Support the design team via participation in design reviews, DFM, DFx, and FMEAs
- Implement and monitor production part approval process (PPAP)
- Support prototype, pilot, and mass production activities at domestic and international vendors
- Analyze supplier quality & delivery metrics to identify trends and pinpoint systemic performance gaps and root causes
- Recommend technical product improvements to reduce risk and potential defect opportunities
- Manage supplier improvement plans
- Improve quality performance of suppliers by conducting workshops at supplier locations, providing technical assistance in developing a quality system, or other technical support as required
- Function as liaison between purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and suppliers to resolve supplier quality issues and to provide technical support
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field from an ABET accredited university
- 8+ years of experience in supply chain, manufacturing, or engineering
- 2+ years of experience in high volume consumer products
- Experience in at least one the following areas:
- High volume metal processes: die cast, forge, stamp, extrusion
- Plastics: Injection molding, die cutting, roll to roll processes, and plastic selection
- Assembly: pressure sensitive adhesives, glue dispense, potting, general best practices
- Finishing: poweder coat and wet paint systems
- Experience with Quality Management Systems standards (ISO 9001)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or materials science engineering
- Advanced degree in business or engineering
- Familiarity in APQP tools such as: process map, PFMEA, MSA, DOE, SPC, and Control Plans
- Knowledge of PPAP and FAIR
- Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
- Proficiency in MS Office applications and report writing
- Familiarity with MiniTab or JMP and knowledge of statistics to support volume manufacturing
- Knowledge of lean concepts or Sig Sigma Green Belt
- Experience with sharing information and influencing others (strong written and verbal communication skills, able to liaise cross functionally, internally and externally, make presentations to team members and management)
- Experience with MRP or ERP systems
- Ability to work long hours and some nights and weekends when needed
- Ability to travel - up to 60-75% work week travel may be required, including international travel
- Valid driver’s license
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
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