DRS Technologies Inc. Supplier Development Engineer, Machining in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRSis 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 Leonardo 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 atwww.drs.com.

DRS Company

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:Fitchburg, MA

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 Machining (including competency in castings, forgings, and related special processes: plating, coating, heat treat) to drive successful launch of supplied components and actively work with commodity suppliers on process and quality management system continuous improvement.

  • Experience with / Ability to learn related processes in support of Electro-Mechanical Assemblies (e.g. motors, magnetics, wire harnesses, etc.) 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 providing an lead development and correlation with the receiving site supplier quality team on an appropriate incoming receiving inspection plan

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

Additional Responsibilities

  • 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field and a minimum of 5 years of machining manufacturing or design 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

  • US Citizenship is required.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Vet #NPS