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Principal Quality Engineer

Company: Draper
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit
Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now
Equal Employment Opportunity
Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.
Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact
+ Respond to, and fully support, production by ensuring all sub-tier suppliers meet requirements.
+ Works closely with critical suppliers to review and implement statistical analysis performance of the supplier.
+ Technical lead in identifying, developing, and approving results of any required supplier validation and re-validation protocols on new or changed supplier processes/products.
+ Technical lead in the identification, development, and qualification of suppliers
+ Manages the early involvement of suppliers in new product development and product/component improvement. Performs quality audits, re-audits and performance management at suppliers.
+ Conduct supplier audits of Implemented Corrective Actions Plans, quality systems and overall operations.
+ Works collaboratively with design engineering and production to qualify new parts/products to meet mission requirements.
+ Proactively works with suppliers to minimize and/or eliminate quality/performance issues.
+ Utilizes analytical skill sets to implement root cause analysis and provide recommendations for corrective action.
+ Works closely with critical suppliers to establish and monitor the Supplier Quality Related KPIs.
+ Optimizes Process Capability on critical characteristics at the supply base through effective application of statistical analysis techniques and Problem-Solving.
+ Analyzes trends in product/process performance from new product development through service, coordinating any required root cause analysis and corrective action associated with suppliers.
+ Assists in the review and disposition of non-conforming material received from suppliers.
+ Support Failure Review Board (FRB) and Material Review Board (MRB) activities as required.
Required Qualifications:
+ Bachelor's Degree in a relevant Engineering degree.
+ Minimum of 15 years of experience in Systems Engineering, Quality, and/or Component Engineering,
+ Expertise in state of the art semiconductor manufacturing processes
+ Working knowledge of parts level Mil Specs
+ Experience with Lean Six Sigma principles and Supply Chain Management.
+ Experience with quality management systems (ISO9001; AS9100)
+ Experience with devising and implementing part/product qualification tests/activities
+ Experience with Design for Assembly & Manufacturing, reverse engineering and/ or other Value Engineering tools
+ Thorough understanding of best manufacturing process, DOE, process/device/design interaction
+ Expert knowledge and skills in process integration, device physics and design rules
+ Maintaining an ASQ certification as a Quality Engineer, Six Sigma Green Belt, or Six Sigma Black Belt is preferred.
+ Good interpersonal skills to communicate clearly with manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, and supplier personnel.
+ Must possess strong organizational skills.
+ Excellent written and oral communication, in English.
Security Requirement:
+ Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.
ID: 2023-7407
External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc

Keywords: Draper, Cambridge , Principal Quality Engineer, Engineering , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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