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Senior Supplier Quality Engineer

Date: Sep 3, 2022

Location: Tallassee, AL, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.


About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

To engineer and communicate the product and system requirements to the Supplier. Participate and orchestra the plan for qualification (FAI and/or PPAP) from the supplier to achieve a qualified product on time.

Regularly monitor the quality performance of supplier and perform reviews and take actions depending on the cause of any problem (such as assessments, problem solving activities etc) to secure continuous compliance.

Manage the supply chain out of a Quality performance aspect, serve as the liaison for suppliers, suggest structural quality and process improvements, and collaborate with other engineers in a team environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • In close cooperation with manufacturing engineering/experts/process engineers/Supplier, ensure that all requirements (product/system/routines/timeline) is understood and that the supplier have all the capabilities in place to meet them (including PPR to assure Quality before production start)
  • Assure and monitor Product Risk mitigation and Quality planning/control at supplier (APQP, PPAP)
  • Manage Engineering Source Substantiation (ESS) activities at Supplier with designing organisation
  • Review Supplier First Article- Communicate to SQE at Designing Organisation (a SQE in a designing organisation also Approve the FAI).
  • Have frequent contact with supplier to monitor actions within Quality
  • Analyse suppliers’ quality performance and identify improvement areas. Drive improvement activities
  • Handle supplier non-conformance and escape including root cause investigation, containment and corrective actions, 8D, in order to be up-to date with the supplier performance
  • Issue authorizations of “Request for Pre-Release”
  • Participate in supplier work transfer evaluation and monitoring
  • Perform/Follow up supplier assessments, industrial reviews and evaluations when qualified
  • Support concurrent engineering between GKN and supplier (design for manufacturing)
  • Support cost engineering/cost reduction activities by interacting with booth supplier and GKN ME/design/technical experts
  • Support in supplier feedback
  • Evaluate and approve of new release agents and monitor Release Agent Performance

Job Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
•    3+ years of experience interrupting data
•    3+ years of experience in root cause analysis, 8D and continuous improvement
•    3+ years of experience with Excel (Advanced User)


Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN Experience
•    Military Environment
•    Well organized and structured with strong skills to work both independently, and in a team                                  
•    Target-oriented and outgoing with good communication skills                                                      
•    Knowledge of aerospace products, processes and technologies  

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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