SpaceX Supplier Development Engineer - PCB/PCBA in Redmond, Washington

Supplier Development Engineer - PCB/PCBA

Supply Chain Management

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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 of enabling human life on Mars

Supplier Development Engineer – PCB/PCBA


  • Analyze supplier quality & delivery metrics to identify trends and pinpoint systemic performance gaps and root causes

  • Collaborate with sourcing team to strategically source parts matched with supplier competencies

  • Implement and monitor production part approval process (PPAP) with selected suppliers

  • Assure supplier understanding of product and submission requirements

  • Develop and approve process controls to control critical characteristics and key process indicators

  • Recommend technical product improvements to reduce risk and potential defect opportunities

  • Provide support for Receiving Inspection by preparing and maintaining inspection plans

  • Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems. Provide feedback to as appropriate on manufacturing methods and technologies. Manage supplier improvement plans

  • 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, & courage

  • Experience with PCB fabrication and assembly

  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction

  • Collaborate with teams, lead projects, and continuously drive improvement in the supply base to enable SpaceX Satellite production

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET accredited university

  • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment

  • 2+ years of experience with Quality Management Systems standards (AS9100, ISO 9001, and IPC)

Preferred Skills and Experiences:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering

  • Master’s degree in business or engineering

  • Experience in volume manufacturing from aerospace, automotive, or consumer electronic industries

  • Familiarity in APQP tools such as: process map, PFMEA, MSA, DOE, SPC, and Control Plans

  • Knowledge of PPAP and FAIR

  • Knowledge of 2D 'Blueprints', 'Model drawings', and GD&T

  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications and report writing

  • Familiarity with MiniTab or JMP and knowledge of statistics to support volume manufacturing

  • Knowledge of lean concepts or Sig Sigma Green Belt

  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others (strong written and verbal communication skills, able to liaise cross functionally, internally and externally, make presentations to team members and management)

  • Experience with MRP or ERP systems

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work long hours and some nights and weekends when needed

  • Ability to travel - up to 60-75% work week travel may be required, valid driver’s license

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the ITAR here

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 SpaceX’s 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

Job Location

Redmond, WA, United States