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AeroVironment Supplier Quality Engineer II in Simi Valley, California

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The Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) II interfaces with development and supplier engineering to provide materials and components for company product manufacturing. Communicates product specifications to suppliers and assesses supplier's ability to meet engineering and quality requirements. Evaluates suppliers' internal functions to assess their overall performance and provides feedback in assessment of their operation. Qualifies suppliers according to company standards and may administer a Certified Supplier Program in receiving inspection to ensure cost effectiveness. Monitors parts from acquisition through the manufacturing cycle and communicates and resolves supplier-related problems as they occur. Develops and prioritizes an auditing schedule to ensure that designated suppliers are audited on a regular basis to ensure good manufacturing practices (GMP) and quality standards are met.

Position Responsibilities

  • Performs Quality and Process audits at suppliers to ensure quality systems and manufacturing processes are aligned with requirements for procured material

  • Participates in drawing reviews to ensure suppliers are provided know-how and understand requirements to assure successful product realization

  • Works as a member of team to realize cost reductions, product introductions and quality improvements

  • Consistently demonstrates knowledge of the use of quality improvements methodology such as SPC, Six Sigma, Poka-yoke, lean manufacturing and is skilled at reading and understanding engineering drawings/specifications and GD&T

  • Participates in Product Readiness Reviews (PRR), coordinates Final Inspection (sell-off) activities and functions as primary interface for DCMA/internal auditing

  • Demonstrates concise, clear and effective written & verbal communication skills to a diverse audience, including appropriate and professional interaction with external customers

  • Develops professional expertise and understanding of Supplier Quality Engineering, while applying company policies and procedures to resolve a variety of issues

  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. Exercises judgement within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action

  • Receives general instructions on routine work and more detailed instructions on new projects/assignments and demonstrates initiative to work efficiently & streamline processes

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent is required

  • 2 - 5 years of equivalent experience in a progressive technical capacity in engineering in a manufacturing environment is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Working knowledge of PPAP, APQP, SPC, quality systems AS9100, including supplier audit and evaluation techniques

  • Demonstrates strong proficiency using MS Office Suite (Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel) and the ability to lead effective meetings

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline is preferred

  • Demonstrates analytical approach to problem solving and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment as well as effective time management, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Works well with others and consistently demonstrates teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

  • Shares ideas and knowledge with others

  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties

  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products

  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment (Constant)

  • Regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

The salary range for this role is:

$70,304 - $105,456

AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills.

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits .

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


U.S. Citizenship required


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.