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Supplier Quality Engineer - NDE

Supplier Quality Engineer - NDE

Supply Chain Management

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars

SUPPLIER QUALITY ENGINEER – Non destructive Evaluation (NDE)

The Supply Chain team is responsible for the sourcing, planning, procurement, warehousing, and transportation of all raw materials and components needed to build our revolutionary spacecraft and launch vehicles. Our mission is to get the right part in the right place at the right time, every time

The Quality Assurance, Surveillance team is chartered with global quality surveillance of the supply base, reducing supply chain risk through assessing and monitoring suppliers, and proactively driving needed supplier improvements

As a Supplier Quality Engineer – NDE (Non-destructive Evaluation) with the Quality Assurance, Surveillance team, you would assess NDE suppliers and determine if they continue to meet SpaceX technical and production requirements. As needed, you would execute investigations and implement countermeasures to remediate supply chain risk. You would review performance, identify gaps and opportunities around the processes used to manage supplier audits, corrective/ preventive actions, and supply chain steering committee reviews, designing and implementing improvements that can be deployed across the SpaceX enterprise. You would also support the commodity teams that see a direct impact from supplier quality related issues, providing quality engineering and technical expertise necessary to solve the most challenging issues. As Quality Assurance, Surveillance activities deal with all areas of SpaceX, you would build an extensive network within design engineering, build reliability, production, and supply chain management, and a deep understanding of SpaceX systems and processes. This experience would enable you to become a critical voice in the development of group and company strategy


  • A willingness to roll up your sleeves and step into chaotic situations, using technical knowledge and quality background to understand the current state and most optimal path forward
  • A deep technical and practical knowledge of NDE processes and standards
  • The ability to conduct formal and informal supplier audits and process reviews
  • The capability to succinctly communicate status and needed action, often urgently, to all levels of the organization
  • An ability to acquire new technical knowledge, particularly around how purchased components and assemblies integrate into the rocket and spacecraft


  • Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems, including conducting formal quality management system and production process audits. Provide feedback as appropriate on manufacturing/processing methods and technologies
  • Review and understand supplier issues, recommending appropriate actions
  • Drive supplier corrective actions, ensuring true root cause analysis and corresponding corrective/preventive actions
  • Analyze supplier quality data and partner with supplier development engineers to drive supplier improvements
  • Recommend appropriate changes to supplier status based on surveillance results
  • Build relationships with cross-functional groups to understand supply base needs
  • Develop policies, standards, processes, and documentation as necessary to ensure continued success


  • Bachelor of science degree in an engineering field
  • 3+ years of experience in non-destructive testing/evaluation, engineering, production, or quality


  • Master’s degree in engineering
  • Technical capabilities including knowledge of 2D blueprints and model drawings
  • Experience with AS9100 or similar quality management system standard
  • Certified lead auditor for AS9100
  • QMS and process audit experience
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, etc.)
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
  • Good written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Ability to operate autonomously and self-direct
  • Previous experience working with suppliers, corrective/ preventive action systems, supplier portals
  • Experience in quality engineering, auditing, quality management system development
  • Preferred skills or experience include: SQL, software development & project management, process flow mapping, material planning systems, warehouse management systems, lean production environments, six sigma training


  • Position may involve long hours and weekend work as needed
  • Position may involve up to 75% travel to suppliers as needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR HERE.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.



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