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Supplier Development Engineer

Irvine, California
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description

Eaton’s Aerospace division is currently seeking a Supplier Development Engineer to join our team. This position is based at one of our multiple regions on the West coast, East coast and South East Coast in the US.

Position overview:

This position will be responsible for the deployment of supplier development and improvement processes across the Eaton Aerospace supply chain to achieve improvement in both Quality and Delivery performance, and enhance supplier capabilities to meet future business needs. 

Essential Functions:

        Works directly with suppliers where Quality or Delivery performance, or business risk demands robust corrective action and improvement. Utilizes expertise and a wide range of tools to identify and lead improvement actions including Problem Solving, Auditing, Material Management, and Load & Capacity planning.

        Conducts initial Supplier Site Assessments (SSA) to evaluate risk with New Suppliers prior to their addition to the ASL

        Performs capability (Product, Process, Materials Management) assessments and where necessary, Special Process Audits with key suppliers to evaluate the application of advanced quality tools, manufacturing capabilities, material management, and lean maturity.  Supports the development of subsequent improvement plans and coordinates milestones & completion of actions against an agreed project charter. 

        Assesses Production Rate Readiness with suppliers that are undergoing significant industrial transfers to ensure risks are understood, and coordinates the timely completion of actions to eliminate supply chain disruption.

        Actively supports supply chain cost-out projects and new product introduction by working closely with suppliers from development through to production launch, ensuring compliance to process, and coordinating on time submission of FAI’s or PPAPs as required.

        Coaches suppliers in the deployment of key business processes such as 8D Problem Solving, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), SIOP and Material Management.

        Monitors performance, communicates expectations and required actions for all assigned suppliers. Supports & protects the Business as a Voting Member on Divisional Gate Reviews.

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Required (Basic) Qualifications:

·     No relocation benefit is offered for this position. Only candidates residing on the West

     Coast, East Coast and Mid-South East Coast will be considered.



Preferred Qualifications: (Not required to be qualified for the role)

  • Six Sigma Greenbelt or Black Belt
  • Lead auditor qualification
  • Lean training and hands on experience is desirable
  • MBA is a plus


Position Success Criteria:

        Typically based in an Eaton site remote from direct supervision.  Expected to establish interactions with suppliers, develop and drive action plans and communicate results..

        A balance between strategic thinking/planning skills as well as decisiveness/achieving results

        Solid communication / interpersonal skills are essential to effectively interact with all levels of the organization and the ability to foster and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders both internally and externally.

        Provide Leadership in Crisis or Rapid Response Escape Coordination with the Supplier, Customer and Eaton Integrated Project Teams. Ability to articulate technical information feedback status on bottlenecks to Stakeholders into frequent and easy to understand presentations

        Experience and knowledge of the role of Supply Chain & Program Management.

        An awareness of the interactions of discrete functions within a Business.

        Self-motivated and ability to work independently.

        Up-to 60% travel


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Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: AER Aerospace Group

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 058783