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Saab Global
Installation in HQ

Supplier Quality Engineer

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date: 2 June 2024

Job Description:

As Saab continues to grow the new advanced manufacturing facility in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking a Supplier Quality Engineer to support our operation, where we are building the aft fuselage for the U.S. Air Force new military trainer, the T-7A Red Hawk.

This position will be responsible for providing guidance and oversight, including onsite support, for their assigned supply base. The Supplier Quality Engineer is responsible for collaborating with cross-functional teams, identifying and mitigating supplier risks, facilitating root cause analysis as applicable to eliminate defects and driving continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Develop and deliver training for suppliers on Saab quality standards, problem solving methodologies, and proactive quality tools (e.g., PFMEA, MSA, Process Flow and Control Plans, SPC, etc.).

  • Develop, implement, and govern key supplier quality performance metrics and associated actions required to achieve agreed performance targets.

  • Implement and manage Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCARs), driving suppliers to identify root causes, implement corrective actions, and prevent recurrence of quality issues.

  • Perform supplier audits to assess compliance with quality standards, identify areas for improvement, and validate implementation of effective corrective actions.

  • Collaborate with the Purchasing team to evaluate potential new suppliers and assess their capabilities to meet our quality standards.

  • Evaluate and approve Supplier first article acceptance to ensure the supplier has developed their design and production processes to meet necessary requirements.

  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives within the supplier network to enhance quality, efficiency, and overall performance.

  • Contribute to a people-first culture in alignment to Saab values, demonstrating core Company values: Trust, Drive, Expertise and Support.

  • Other tasks and projects as assigned.

Compensation range: $69,100-$84,600

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Quality Management, or a related field.

  • 3+ years of experience in Supplier Quality Engineering or related roles within the manufacturing industry.

  • 3+ years’ experience in Aeronautics Industry is preferred

  • Strong understanding of quality management systems, AS9100 and quality tools is preferred.

  • Proficiency in problem-solving methodologies such as 8D is a plus.

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively.

  • Proven project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and in a team environment to drive for results.

  • Willingness to travel for supplier visits, audits, and meetings as required.

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).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


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, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

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.