Supplier Quality Engineer

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • US Citizenship or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Company Details

Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a Supplier Quality Engineer to play in integral role in the Supply Chain Team for the LauncherOne satellite launch program. Specifically, the individual will support the development and manufacturing of supplier contracted parts and assemblies. The ideal candidate will be experienced in: supplier quality, root cause corrective action, supplier evaluations, and quality systems Ex AS9100 and ISO 9000. In addition the following experience is preferred: new product introduction, and managing the transition of suppliers from development to full scale production. Experience in the development of standardized production processes with suppliers will be essential to this role. Plus, experience with lean manufacturing, and quality and cost improvement at suppliers is highly desired. In addition, the candidate will have experience working in fast paced integrated product teams with engineering, supply chain, quality, and production. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit’s aerospace facility in Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Support and improve the Supplier Quality Management System for LauncherOne, including the overall procedure, supplier assessments and audits, supplier risk mitigation, the supplier quality manual, production part approval process, and supplier development
  • Conduct supplier assessments to determine capability of potential and current suppliers
  • Assess relative risk of production suppliers to determine allocation of resources
  • Develop and execute supplier quality management strategy
  • Evaluate Production Part Approval Process / First Article Inspection submissions
  • Evaluate supplier production capacity, and develop and execute plans to ensure that all suppliers can meet future requirements
  • Provide technical support to suppliers to assist them with correcting quality problems
  • Interface with Manufacturing, Design and Quality to resolve supplier-driven issues
  • Coordinate and verify supplier corrective actions
  • Conduct audits at critical suppliers
  • Support the implementation of quality improvement, error proofing, inspection, and testing within the LauncherOne supply chain
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, and Purchasing to achieve quality, delivery, and cost improvement targets
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment by implementing, maintaining and aligning company policies that adheres to local, state and federal environmental, health and safety regulations Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience as a Supplier Quality or Manufacturing Engineer
  • At least 3 years of experience in aerospace, aviation, automotive, or consumer goods
  • Basic knowledge in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance
  • Strong knowledge of office software including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project
  • Knowledge of Quality Systems such as ISO9000, AS9100, and TS16949
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all around awesomeness

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Experience in new product introduction
  • Experience with supplier evaluation, risk mitigation, and supplier management
  • Experience with Production Part Approval Process / First Article Inspection
  • Experience in managing and improving supplier performance
  • Knowledgeable in problem solving tools such as Six-Sigma, 8-D, Five Why, Fishbone Analysis, Is/Is not, and Red-X
  • Knowledgeable in quality analysis tools such as Statistical Process Control, Capability, Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility, Design of Experiments, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
  • Knowledgeable of manufacturing processes such as composite fabrication, composite assembly, metal forming, forging, casting, machining, brazing, welding, anodizing, plating, printed circuit board fabrication and assembly, wire harness assembly, and mechanical assembly
  • Excellent communication skills (team, management, and suppliers)
  • Experience in a start-up environment
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and structured approach
  • Incredible energy and passion with a resourceful attitude
  • Self-motivated.  Enjoys working independently. Flexible and adaptable.
  • Ability to react to change and thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a “one person team”

ITAR Requirements

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 ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Tagged as: procurement, contract negotiation, supply chain, manufacturing engineer, quality management, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance, ISO9000, AS9100, TS16949

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