Supplier Development and Performance Management - Optics


Melbourne, FL, US, 32935

Job ID: 106391 


The Electro Optical Infrared Systems (EOIS) line of business within DRS has locations in Dallas and Austin, TX, Melbourne, FL, and Cypress, CA.  EOIS develops, manufactures, and supports infrared and electro-optical solutions for soldiers, ground vehicles and airborne platforms.  We offer an exciting and challenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a business culture that rewards performance. 


 Employing the world’s brightest. Supporting the world’s bravest.

Job Responsibilities

• This role is specifically for Supplier Relationship Management / Supplier Quality Engineering. Significant travel > 50% should be anticipated when necessary (including unplanned travel to support missions) 
• Candidate will align with optical category Strategic Sourcing Manager to drive cost target, risk mitigation, and partnership strategies
• Demonstrated experience in Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) preferred
• Research and find the best suppliers to supply materials needed for manufacturing
• Conduct supplier capability, capacity, risk, and quality control audits on a regular basis to ensure suppliers and their supplies remain in compliance with company and federal manufacturing and production standards
• Understand and interpret all manufacturing audits, including AS9100 and other industry standards
• Demonstrate working knowledge of manufacturing processes and be able to support supplier development, continuous improvement, and quality management initiatives
• Act as “voice of supplier” within DRS to ensure that all issues that could cause a risk to schedule and material conformance are addressed timely
• Responsible for designing quality improvement initiatives and processes across a line of business or commodity
• Mentor and coach other engineers
• Responsible for establishing quality programs and for driving quality improvement initiatives internally and at suppliers
• Design, develop, analyze, document and support quality programs such as Six Sigma/Lean, SPC, FMEA, etc.
• Review customer specifications and requirements, and develop quality systems and processes to best support them
• Provide budget, cost and schedule input for quality assignments
• Analyze designs as necessary and make recommendations from a quality and manufacturing perspective
• Communicate clearly (written and oral) with manufacturing, supply chain, program management and the customer as required

Specialties may include:

• Optical Engineering
• Supplier Quality Engineering
• Optics Manufacturing


• Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field with a minimum of 10 years of experience
• Ability to complete a technical project independently
• Experience with military programs and qualifications is desired

Knowledge in the Following Areas (required):

• Optical Profilometry
• Optical Interferometry
• Aspheric Metrology
• Optical Manufacturing Processes
• Thin Film coating
• Spectrophotometry
• Angle Metrology using an Auto-Collimator
• Surface Quality Inspection with a working knowledge of Mil-PRF-13830 & ISO 10110-8

Knowledge in the Following Areas (preferred):

• Optical Scatter Metrology
• Diamond Turning and Diamond machining
• MTF Testing
• Interferometer Calibration and Scale Factors for transmitted vs. reflected
• Off-Wavelength Metrology
• System level interferometry
• How to use MetroPro Software from ZYGO
• Calculating the proper transmission sphere for a radius of curvature
• Radius measurement using a radius slide
• InfraRed Crystal knowledge of properties and uses

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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Nearest Major Market: Melbourne