Sr. Supplier Quality Engineer
Posted on 3/15/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering field
  • 5+ years of experience working with composites in a manufacturing environment or process engineering role
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Broad familiarity with advanced composites manufacturing processes (out-of-autoclave prepreg processing, drill and routing of composites, structural adhesives)
  • Experience with composites tooling design
  • Knowledge of 2D blueprints and model drawings
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes; production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, etc
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods like design of experiments, Six Sigma etc
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP)
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
  • Experience with SQL, software development & project management, process flow mapping, material planning systems, warehouse management systems
  • Knowledge of lean concepts
  • 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
  • Must be able to work extended hours, some nights and/or weekends when needed
  • Must be able to travel - up to 25% work week travel may be required, including international travel
  • This position is based in Hawthorne, CA and requires being onsite - remote work not considered
  • Valid driver's license
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 ITAR here
  • Act as the reliability engineering point of contact for all parts involving composites lamination, thermal protection, soft goods, and/or sub-assemblies., etc. used on our vehicles and engines, solving emergent challenges at suppliers and mitigating risk to the manifest by addressing high-impact manufacturing and quality challenges
  • Interface with production operations, inspection, shipping/receiving, and engineering teams to develop appropriate quality signals and processes to meeting overall program reliability goals
  • Drive changes that make the system more reliable, more manufacturable, and more efficient
  • Lead cross functional supplier quality failure investigations in production, test and flight, identifying and mitigating the immediate and underlying root causes in order to quantify/reduce risk and improve reliability of designs and processes
  • Coordinate failure resolution and follow-up actions to avoid further mishaps
  • Responsible for containment actions associated with non-conforming product, including identification of product location, coordination with Build Reliability Engineers of potential flight risk and the coordination of actions required to identify root cause analysis
  • Identify opportunities for risk reduction and removal of complexity in designs and processes to improve manufacturability, collaborating with integrated product teams to drive improvements and address high-impact and repeating non-conformances
  • Review acceptance and qualification of new capabilities at suppliers
  • Monitor supplier capabilities for unknown flight risk and work to resolve issues
  • Assess changes in supplier processes and cross-functional impacts
  • Run ongoing reliability risk review activities, including performing data reviews and executing mitigation plans
  • Work with cross-functional teams to drive improved verification and changes for improved reliability

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.