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Supplier Development Engineer

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Businesses Collins Aerospace Job ID 01470962 Most Recent Date Posted 08/25/2021 City Winston-Salem State North Carolina Country United States

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United States of America


HNC34: US107-Winston-Salem (Fairchild 1455 Fairchild Road , Winston-Salem, NC, 27105 USA

Act as a key resource in support of the Supply Chain teams to develop and maintain sources of supply to improve cost competitiveness, remove supply constraints and be a conduit between the company and the supplier. Responsibilities will include cross-functional project management supporting issues with current production and/or business process, developing suppliers to reduce cost, increase capacity, and auditing suppliers to ensure process conformance.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establish partnerships at all levels within the supplier, emphasizing collaboration, clear expectations, common goals, trust and transparency

  • Responsible for ensuring supply base is capable and prepared to support production rates on all programs.

  • Interface with internal stakeholders to prioritize supplier development needs with a focus on removing supply constraints and improving cost

  • Assess new and existing supplier capabilities to meet product, cost, quality, capacity and fulfillment ensuring suppliers are able to meet requirements for performance, quality, cost and delivery of components Drive improvements utilizing Lean methodologies to drive systematic problem solving and process improvement plans to deliver value

  • Partner with suppliers to lead continuous improvement, problem solving, waste elimination, and other value-enhancing opportunities.

  • Drive business process improvements between Collins and the suppliers.

  • Work with suppliers to lead improvement of their manufacturing processes to reduce cycle times, improve throughput and quality, and ultimately meet the requirements for the Collins Aerospace Supplier Gold Program.

  • Support the relationship management of Strategic Partners and Preferred suppliers.

  • Partner with Commodity Managers to identify savings opportunities through VA/VEWork with Commodity Managers and Design/Project Engineers to coordinate sourcing strategies and ensure a smooth and timely manufacturing ramp-up on new programs.

  • Track the supplier’s performance indicators, based on their scorecards and rankings, to facilitate and develop the supply base’s ability to consistently meet or exceed defined expectations

  • Develop positive relationships and work closely with internal stakeholders such as Tactical Purchasing, SCM Customer Account Managers, Commodity/Strategy, Engineering, and Operations

  • Deliver results as measured by key metrics, such as supplier yield, lead time improvements, supplier quality plan engagement/effectiveness, and corrective & preventative action closure

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership to sourcing and development of suppliers with respect to technology, performance, quality, cost, logistics and delivery

  • Provide leadership during investigations of major problems and or special projects focusing on developing working relationships with suppliers and the supply chain with regard to product development and procurement of parts

  • Keep up with current and developing manufacturing and engineering trends that concern product quality

  • Assist suppliers with process development and/or troubleshooting of programming, tooling, fixturing, and processes for specific Commodities (Plastics, Composites)

  • Assist suppliers and sub-tiers with development and/or troubleshooting of secondary Suppliers and/or processes

  • Support the selection, development, and management of Strategic & Preferred Suppliers to meet commodity cost and performance goals.

  • Implement programs for supplier performance management, supplier Lean journeys and supply base optimization.

  • Partner with suppliers to lead continuous improvement, problem solving, waste elimination, and other value-enhancing opportunities.

  • Champion value analysis for purchased products and propose/lead design and process improvement projects to reduce costs.

  • Make design and manufacturing recommendations in the new product development process, support concurrent engineering activities between supplier and internal product development teams.

  • Ensure appropriate risk mitigation activities are completed timely

  • Contribute to additional continuous improvement activities

  • Travel: 40%

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of prior relevant experience OR

  • Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 3 years experience OR

  • In absence of a degree, 9 years of relevant experience is required.

  • Engineering/Other Technical Positions: Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 5 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations.

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance and disability coverage
  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, criticalillness insurance, group legal
  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning
  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions
  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You
  • Autism Benefit
  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Best Doctors, second opinion program
  •  And more! 

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)
  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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