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Supplier Quality Engineer

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date
30 June 2021
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Job Description:

At Saab in West Lafayette, Indiana, you have the opportunity to join a team that will manufacture the rear section of the T-7A Red Hawk military trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. When at full capacity by 2027, Saab will employ over 300 employees in the West Lafayette facility in management, administration, and manufacturing. The new flagship facility will utilize advanced manufacturing techniques and leverage research and development to support Saab’s broad product portfolio.

In the U.S., Saab also offers job opportunities in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and our headquarters in Syracuse, New York. Saab provides an excellent working environment, offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. 

As Saab is building a new advanced manufacturing facility in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking a Supplier Quality Engineer to develop a world-class Quality function to support the U.S. Air Force new military trainer, the T-7A Red Hawk. The ideal candidate has strong leadership skills, experience in aerospace, and is able to work as a team to problem solve.


  • Planning, implementation and monitoring of quality related activities in order to maintain quality performance and, if necessary, improve quality performance from suppliers.

  • Conducts 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 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 of the aerospace industry and experience 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.

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a drug screen and background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.

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.