DRS Technologies Inc. Senior Supplier Quality Development Engineer in Danbury, Connecticut

*Job Title: Senior Supplier Quality Development Engineer *

DRS Technologiesis a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at www.drs.com.

DRS Naval Power Systems (NPS)a multi-site operation responsible for $350 million of revenue with locations in Milwaukee, WI, Danbury, CT, Fitchburg, MA, and High Ridge, MO with an employee base of approximately 900 employees. NPS is structured into four Lines of Business: Surface, Submarines, Nuclear Instrumentation and Controls and Marlo Coil focusing on supporting the power and propulsion needs of the U.S. Navy. We provide engineering, manufacturing and lifetime support of our highly engineered products.

Job Location:Danbury, CT

Position Summary:

Responsible for supplier development, supporting procurement, and supporting supplier quality improvements. Performs supplier audits, source inspections, and supplier performance analysis activities. Ability to work independently and to provide technical training and mentorship to junior Engineers, Technicians, and Inspectors.

*Duties and Responsibilities: *

  • Use technical process expertise and experiences in Circuit Card Assemblies (CCA) (including competency in assembly methods, component manufacturing, functional testing, and ESD) to drive successful launch of supplied components and actively work with commodity suppliers on process and quality management system continuous improvement.

  • Work with suppliers in 3 key supplier development value streams: Selection, Product Realization, and Supplier Performance. Collaborate with cross fictional team members (Global Sourcing, Quality, and Operations) and lead functional activities within these work streams:

  • Selection

o On-site assessment and evaluation of potential supplier manufacturing capability and quality system competency

o Component risk analysis based on design, manufacturing, and customer requirement complexity

o Manufacturing Design Feasibility Review as part of RFQ process

o Collaborate with supply chain to ensure applicable quality clauses and/or other flow down requirements are captured on sourcing award PO and that suppliers understand the requirements

  • Product Realization

o Lead Product Realization (e.g. APQP) elements of identified high risk components with the supplier to ensure quality requirements are adhered and start of production timing is delivered to project/change milestones

o Utilize appropriate administrative tools to track and document launch progress and provide milestone updates to internal customers and define recovery plans as necessary

o Ensure proper supplier gauge plans/inspection techniques are in place for all critical and pass-through characteristics and lead the development and correlation of appropriate incoming receiving inspection plans with the DRS receiving site supplier quality team

o Ensure supplier First article Inspection packages are submitted to project timing requirements with 100% site approval first pass yield

  • Supplier Performance

o Lead commodity supplier metrics and conduct monthly scorecard of assigned suppliers with site supplier quality leads

o Provide on-site support at supplier locations for SCAR (corrective action) validation and/or business critical initiatives (e.g. OTD impacted by OEE, Low Risk component test failure, etc.) as necessary

o Lead select under-performing, strategic suppliers through systemic corrective actions and site visits for positive supplier performance metric impact.

o Identify and lead proactive supplier improvement activities determined by negative trending performance metrics

  • Works to actively deploy DRS Naval Power Systems defined Supplier Quality Procedures, Processes and Work Instructions. Leads process and procedure reviews with cross functional team members as needed.

  • Ability to work independently and to provide technical training and mentorship to junior engineers, technicians and inspectors

  • Attend appropriate customer, business or Program meetings

  • Prepares quality engineering reports and recommendations

  • Monitor and mentor junior Quality Engineers

  • Provides regular reporting of progress and status

  • Completion of assigned task on time and meeting technical requirements

  • 50%+ travel and ability to travel with less than 48hr notice

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5 years demonstrated experience in machining, manufacturing or design

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Competent technical expertise and application domain knowledge

  • Experienced with ISO Standards, Statistics, Microsoft Office Programs

  • Ability to understand military specifications and to read blue prints with GD&T background

  • Experienced in problem solving with ability to provide training to suppliers as needed

  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, communication and writing skills

  • U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain and retain a security clearance within a time period to be established by the Company

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee requires normal manual dexterity, speech and hearing. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job require frequent use of a computer monitor.

/Candidates must be a US citizen and meet DRS security standards as imposed by DoD, including the issuance of any necessary security clearance by the US government within a reasonable time after commencement of employment./

DRS Technologies is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. #NPS