Supplier Development Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Aerospace Division is currently seeking a Supplier Development Engineer to join our team. This is a remote position based out of the Chicago, IL or Jackson, MI area.

Position Overview:
The Supplier Development Engineer is 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.


Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

In this function you will: 
  • Work directly with suppliers where quality or delivery performance, or business risk demands robust corrective action and improvement.
  • Utilize expertise and a wide range of tools to identify and lead improvement actions including Problem Solving, Auditing, Material Management, and Load & Capacity planning.
  • Conduct initial Supplier Site Assessments (SSA) to evaluate risk with new suppliers.
  • Perform 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.
  • Support the development of subsequent improvement plans, coordinate milestones and completion of actions against an agreed project charter.
  • Assess Production Rate Readiness with suppliers that are undergoing significant industrial transfers to ensure risks are understood and coordinate the timely completion of actions to eliminate supply chain disruption.
  • Actively support supply chain cost-out projects and new product introduction by working closely with suppliers from development through to production launch, ensuring compliance to process.
  • Coach suppliers in the deployment of key business processes such as 8D Problem Solving, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), SIOP and Material Management.
  • Monitor performance, communicate expectations and required actions for all assigned suppliers; support and protect the Business as a Voting Member on Divisional Gate Reviews.

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or supply chain management 
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in Supplier Development, Manufacturing Engineering, Supplier Quality, or Supply Chain
  • Basic knowledge of quality systems (ISO/TS16949, AS9100), methods and practices including APQP, FMEA, Control Plan, MSA, and PPAP
  • This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position. Only candidates residing within a 50-mile radius of Chicago, IL or Jackson, MI will be considered.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters Business Administration.
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt or Black Belt.
  • Lead auditor qualification.
  • Lean training and hands on experience.
Position Criteria:
  • 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 and Program Management.
  • An awareness of the interactions of discrete functions within a Business.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
  • Up to 75% travel.

We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

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?: Yes
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time