Aerojet Rocketdyne Quality Engineer (Supplier Quality) in Huntsville, Alabama


Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) to join us in Huntsville, AL . The SQE is responsible for ensuring that delivered products and/or services conform to contractual and the Company’s requirements by designing, implementing, evaluating and continually improving quality assurance and control methods and systems. The SQE will assure suppliers translate design drawings and contractual requirements into a comprehensive, understandable and functional quality plan. SQE will be required to monitor and closely support manufacturing, inspection and supplier functions that relate to product quality; coordinate with the customer the establishment of government quality requirements and material review board activities; represent quality assurance in corrective action activities; and participate in audits or product evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the quality assurance program. This activity will include various product acceptance techniques including performing FAI’s, physical over-inspection of products dimensional characteristics and review and approval of documentation packages.

This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

Working under general supervision:

40% - Engage with suppliers on Post Award reviews, Manufacturing Readiness Reviews and control Plan development activities on critical/key characteristics assuring full understanding of requirements. Maintain a running action item list for all assigned suppliers. Oversee activities of 3rd party contractors who support routine product acceptance activities.

30% - Visit suppliers and perform investigations and root cause analysis to drive improvements into their processes. Be accountable for assigned suppliers' performance and ensure suppliers are performing with a 100% quality and delivery rating.

15% - Interface and work jointly with internal and external customers; i.e., engineering, manufacturing, supplier, procurement to ensure requirements are understood and fully complied with. Analyze supplier processes and planning to verify reliable compliance with purchase orders, engineering drawings, processes, specifications, etc.

15% - Create and report out on supplier performance trends and issues as requested by Programs, Site, SCMM (supply chain and material management) or Quality & Mission Assurance (Q&MA) management. Support Corrective Action Board and Quality Council report outs for underperforming suppliers or as requested. Participates in managing the supplier ratings/scorecard system and overseeing periodic meetings. Work closely with Receiving Inspection to resolve product issues. Drive continuous improvements into SQE standard work.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering, quality or other appropriate discipline and two (2) years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.

Additional Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in manufacturing and/or inspections required.

  • Strong problem solving, RCCA and investigation experience required.

  • Certified Quality Engineer strongly preferred.

  • Ability to analyze data and develop a plan to take action based upon the data.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills expected.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within a close-knit team environment.

  • Ability to travel up to 75% of the time.

  • Ability to bring initiatives and activities to closure in a timely manner through effective interaction with individuals, both internal and external.

  • Maintain and continue to elevate relationships with Engineering, Operations, Customer Support and all other facets of the company.

  • Abide by all safety, quality, housekeeping and company policies/procedures to ensure compliance to various regulatory and internal system requirements.

  • Contribute to a positive and cooperative work environment through effective communication at all levels internal and external to the organization.

  • Actively participate in team meetings, improvement initiatives/programs, etc. to provide constructive recommendations and initiate actions to support company initiatives/goals.

  • Consistently demonstrate commitment to company values.

  • Keep management informed of activities and of any significant problems.

  • Assume responsibility for related duties as required or assigned notify in advance when conflicts are identified.

  • Complete special projects and miscellaneous assignments as required.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a manufacturing, as well as standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.

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Job ID 13770

Zip 35806

Category Quality & Mission Assurance - Quality Engineering