27 days old

Supplier Development Engineer - Special Processes

Hawthorne, CA 90250

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal ofenabling human life on Mars.

Supplier Development Engineer Special Processes

SpaceX demands a new type of supply chain. We require our suppliers to provide premium quality with rapidly evolving designs at increasingly ambitious volumes. We are actively looking for candidates who possess comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality tools and have unrelenting motivation to enable suppliers for success.

This is a highly technical position that requires practical experience with the special processes and coatings used in rockets and rocket engines to break through technical hurtles in our supply base. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of these processes with the desire and capability to take on new challenges in unfamiliar areas to help enable our mission to Mars.


  • Provide program leadership necessary to integrate the engineering, production, planning, manufacturing, and procurement groups to assure product quality, delivery and cost achieve business and customer expectations
  • Develop positive relationships and work closely with sourcing leaders to manage, implement and track supplier and/or engineering design changes, capacity studies, new product introductions and outsourcing
  • Interface with component teams to prioritize supplier development needs by component to improve cost competitiveness and supply constraints
  • Research external market information and entrepreneurial companies to identify potential new sources and suppliers.
  • Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems. Provide feedback as appropriate on manufacturing methods and technologies. Manage supplier improvement plans.
  • Drive supplier selection through robust qualification processes; Implement and monitor production part approval process with selected suppliers
  • Assure supplier understanding of product and submission requirements
  • Develop and approve process controls to control critical characteristics
  • Recommend technical product improvements to reduce risk and potential defect opportunities
  • Improve quality performance of suppliers by conducting workshops at supplier locations, providing technical assistance in developing a quality system, or other technical support as required
  • Function as liaison between purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and suppliers to resolve supplier quality issues and to provide technical support
  • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction and courage
  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction
  • Collaborate with teams, lead projects, and continuously drive improvement in the supply base

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a raw materials or special processes manufacturing and/or process engineering role, or internship experience in engineering

Preferred Skills and Experiences:

  • Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science & engineering
  • Masters degree in engineering or Business
  • Experience in special processes such as thin film coatings, thermal spray coatings, chemical processing, plating, thermal protection systems.
  • Competence interpreting 2D engineering drawings and model drawings
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100)
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications and report writing
  • Knowledge of lean concepts
  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods (like design of experiments, Six Sigma, etc.)
  • Experience with MRP or ERP systems

Additional Requirements:

  • Position requires long hours and some nights and weekends when required.
  • Ability to travel - up to 60-75% work week travel is required, valid drivers license mandatory.

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITARhere.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceXs Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.


Posted: 2019-10-18 Expires: 2019-11-17

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