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Lead Supplier Quality Engineer

Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
Closing date
31 July 2022
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Job Description:

As Saab, Inc. is growing, we're seeking a Lead Supplier Quality Engineer to:

  • Plan, implement and monitor quality related activities in order to maintain quality performance and, if necessary, improve quality performance from suppliers.

  • Conduct corrective /preventative action investigation determining root causes of supplier defects and the implementation of actions to correct defects, to include Continuous Improvement/Permanent Corrective Action.

  • Monitor and develop supplier performance in line with established goals and requirements.

  • Review First Article Inspection (FAI) performed by supplier.

  • Ensure evaluation and qualification of suppliers is performed and maintain an Approved Supplier List (ASL) along with Supply Chain.

  • Manage and develop relationships with suppliers to secure the commitment to current and future programs.

  • Assess supplier quality capabilities throughout the program life cycle to fulfill program objectives.

  • Identify and manage supplier risk and performance issues ensuring Root Cause and Correct Action (RCCA) identified and implemented with closure plans.

  • Drive continuous product and process improvements.

  • Support Plant/Program Quality Engineers.

  • Monitor and analyze risk while preparing risk mitigation plans with root cause analysis and systemic problem solving.

  • Participate as a member of the Material Review Board team and lead proposed corrective actions.

  • Participate in 1st party internal audits to ensure process maturity and capability while ensuring compliance for our customer, production, and supply chain functions.

  • Lead 2nd party supplier audits to evaluate and ensure supplier product conform to all requirements.

  • Coordinate with supplier’s quality representatives and technicians to ensure compliance.

  • Train future team members in quality principles and systems.

  • Deliver a people first culture in alignment to Saab leadership vision.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Quality or related discipline is required. Master’s degree is a plus.

  • 5+ years of relevant experience, with expertise with Department of Defense (DoD) a plus.

  • Experience with product acceptance and process evaluations at suppliers’ facilities.

  • Experience working issues (root cause analysis, corrective and preventative actions), monitoring supplier performance data to identify trends, analyzing opportunities for continuous improvement, implementing supplier improvement actions.

  • Hands-on experience with Quality Management Systems, testing and inspection methodologies per ISO 9001:2015. Lead auditor training in AS9100 a plus.

  • Understanding of Counterfeit Parts Avoidance

  • Working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T), Capability studies, and Gage R&R studies.

  • Excellent communication and team building experience working in an international environment.

  • Ability to be self-driven and deliver a high quality of work.

  • Ability to drive and lead change. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • ASQ – Certified Quality Engineer, IPC certification(s), and/or other related industry certifications are desired.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen, (ii) complete a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, and education and employment verification, and (iii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.