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Senior Supplier Quality Engineer


Menomonee Falls, WI, US, 53051

Job ID: 102608 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business is a trusted provider of innovative naval gas and hybrid power systems, control technology and support solutions for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world.

Job Summary

Responsible for supplier development, supporting procurement, and supporting supplier quality improvements.  Performs supplier audits, source inspections, and supplier performance analysis activities.   
The Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) assists with supplier compliance and approval activities. The SQE is responsible for providing Quality Engineering support for day to day operations, in relation to supplied materials and all activities relating to supplier performance. The SQE will also be involved in continuous improvement programs and other projects as required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead focused improvement activities and training with most disruptive suppliers.
  • Perform review and disposition of supplier First Article Inspection submissions for compliance to AS9102 standards.
  • Act as the liaison on customer CAR for supplier caused non-conformances
  • Support evaluation of Product Trials with new/potential suppliers
  • Track supplier quality performance measurements (i.e. scorecards) for site suppliers and lead monthly site supplier performance review boards.
  • Manage Supplier Variance Request(s) and disposition workflow(s).
  • Coordinate MRB activities with site operations teams to ensure the timely assessment of potential non-conforming products.
  • Support risk documentation review activities with site quality engineers to ensure that all supplier functional failure modes and/or pass through characteristics are addressed.
  • Implement and develop mechanisms to monitor and identify negative supplier non-conformance/performance trends.
  • Lead Problem Solving, Failure Analysis, Corrective Action & Preventative Action activities with the Suppliers.
  • Promote a culture of structured problem solving within the site quality and operations teams.
  • Support product cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives with suppliers. 
  • Ensure the efficient and timely transfer of process knowledge from supplier project personnel to internal manufacturing, quality and design engineers.
  • In conjunction with supply chain, assist in the consolidation of existing suppliers and recommendation of suppliers for P.O. award. 
  • Develops and deploys Incoming Receiving Inspection plans for supplied products with site IRI team.
  • Defines DRS and Customer contract flow-down requirements to suppliers and performs periodic audits of supplier’s conformance to requirement documents.
  • Develops and generates statistical reports on inspection activities and results.
  • Considers financial impacts of supplier nonconformance to the operations and provides data to support recovery activities.
  • Works to actively deploy DRS Naval Power Systems defined Supplier Quality Procedures, Processes and Work Instructions.  Leads process and procedure reviews with site cross functional team members as needed.
  • Ability to work independently and to provide technical training and mentorship to junior engineers, technicians and inspectors


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related technical field and a minimum of 5 years of quality experience in a  manufacturing environment 
  • 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 
  • Working knowledge of lean / six sigma methodology; green /black belt certification preferred.
  • Experienced in forming and leading cross-function teams.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Competent technical expertise and application domain knowledge 
  • Must be US Citizen

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. #NPS

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 through:

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

QUALITY. We set high standards of performance, and consistently deliver excellent products and services.

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

DIVERSITY. We embrace different points of view, and continually foster an environment that enable all participants to contribute to their full potential.

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. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com

Nearest Major Market: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee