SUPPLY CHAIN RELIABILITY ENGINEER (AVIONICS)

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Making Humanity Multiplanetary

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

The supply chain team is responsible for the sourcing, planning, procurement, warehousing, and transportation of all raw materials and components needed to build our revolutionary spacecraft and launch vehicles. Our mission is to get the right part in the right place at the right time, every time.

The supply chain reliability engineering team is chartered with global quality surveillance of the supply base, reducing supply chain risk through external evaluations and internal risk reviews, leading failure investigations and proactively driving source qualification activities.

As an avionics supply chain reliability engineer, you manage and lead cross-functional risk activities to meet technical, production, and regulatory requirements at the point of qualification and throughout the supplier’s lifecycle. You would be responsible for monitoring for known and unknown supplier flight risk and driving failure investigations to resolve issues immediately and effectively. As supplier surveillance activities deal with suppliers that support all areas of SpaceX, you would build an extensive network within materials and processing, build reliability, production, supply chain management, and a deep understanding of SpaceX systems and processes. This experience would enable you to become a critical voice in the development of group and company strategy.

To be successful, you will need:

  • A deep technical and practical knowledge of manufacturing processes and standards
  • The capability to project manage and drive accountability within cross-functional teams, succinctly communicate status and needed action, often urgently, to all levels of the organization
  • A willingness to roll up your sleeves and step into chaotic situations, using technical knowledge and quality background to understand the current state and most optimal path forward
  • The ability to analyze for and identify the suboptimal supplier and internal system process gaps and drive improvement through data-driven decisions
  • The ability to conduct formal and informal supplier evaluations, corrective actions, and process reviews
  • Ability to engage counterparts across the organization and develop/build trust in order to effectively execute large scale initiatives
  • An ability to acquire new technical knowledge, particularly around how purchased components and assemblies integrate into the rocket and spacecraft

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead cross-functional project teams to enact and correct systematic problems
  • Improve upon existing quality management systems to support the current launch manifest
  • Manage containments and potential improvements in order to improve the efficiency of screening, quarantine, and closures
  • Monitor and assess supplier capabilities for unknown flight risks and work to resolve issues. Assess changes in supplier processes and asses for cross-functional impacts. Run risk review activities, including performing and organizing data reviews and executing mitigation plans
  • Work directly with engineering and M&P teams to develop and install new process qualification requirements
  • Review acceptance and qualification of new capabilities at suppliers. Ensure reliability and maintainability of modified capabilities through a risk-based re-qualification program
  • Maintain holistic supply chain capabilities knowledge and work with cross-functional teams to drive improved verification and changes for improved reliability
  • Partner with design, test, and manufacturing through product development and production to ensure the reliability of avionics parts (i.e. controllers, RIOs, sensors, RF, power systems, solar arrays, wire harnessing, etc.)
  • Responsible for tracking yield, test/inspection escapes, and ensuring past failures and lessons learned are incorporated into NPI
  • Monitor the success of products and processes through production ramp-up using a suite of quality and analysis tools
  • 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
  • Investigate failures in production, test, and flight, identifying and mitigating the immediate and underlying root causes in order to quantify/reduce risk and improve the reliability of designs and processes
  • Utilize schematics, test equipment, inspection processes, etc. to perform structured electrical root cause analysis of failures identified during the development and production processes to inform design/manufacturing changes
  • Collaborate with design engineers to gain an in-depth knowledge piece part, assembly, and/or sub-system design intent
  • Support procurement team to strategically source parts matched with supplier competencies by reviewing and assessing supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems
  • Assure supplier understanding of product and submission requirements
  • Create and define supplier technical requirements and flow downs to meet hardware manufacturing needs
  • Analyze supplier quality and delivery metrics to identify trends and pinpoint systemic performance gaps and root causes to drive supplier improvement plans
  • Function as liaison between purchasing, engineering, manufacturing, and suppliers to resolve supplier quality issues and to provide technical support
  • Drive supplier corrective actions associated with any escapes or containments identified in SpaceX production or the SpaceX supply chain
  • Collaborate with teams, lead projects, and continuously drive improvement in the supply base

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in an engineering field
  • 3+ years of experience in an electronic manufacturing environment

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering
  • Knowledge and mastery of principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics, and mechanics of materials
  • Ability to quickly grasp the knowledge of a diverse range of supplier capabilities
  • Practical experience in requirement and specification development
  • Capable of seeking and solving a complex problem and organizing it in a manner that helps decision-making
  • Demonstrated experience in leading or working on a multi-disciplinary engineering problem
  • Experience supporting production and test of complex electromechanical assemblies
  • Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, root cause analysis and corrective action, advanced product quality planning (APQP), metrology, process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA), control plans, and various problem-solving approaches
  • Experience with high-volume manufacturing
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, etc.)
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP)
  • Disciplined approach to problem-solving – 8D
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to make presentations to suppliers, team members, and management

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Position may involve long hours and weekend work as needed
  • Ability to travel – up to 25% of work week travel could occur

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify us.

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