When the global aerospace community looks for ideas and solutions to its biggest challenges, they turn to the people of Collins Aerospace Systems. We design, invent and deliver the most advanced and diverse range of aerospace systems on the market. We are inventors. We are manufacturers. We work in space exploration, commercial air travel, defense and rescue applications. Always learning and pushing the boundaries, we are an undisputed industry leader that continually sets the bar higher and higher. Come soar with us.
Today, the fully integrated landing systems we design, test and manufacture help millions of passengers reach their destinations safely. But we aren't satisfied with today's success. Our global Landing Systems team is committed to continuous improvement -- we work hard to make our solutions lighter-weight, stronger and more technically advanced, so that plane travel can be safer, more affordable and more sustainable in the years to come. We are looking for the best and brightest to fly and land with us!
This position is for a manufacturing engineer to work with Collins Engineering and the supply base. This individual will perform technical evaluations and develop actions plans with a focus on driving supplier performance and business-wide metric improvement. The individual will work with supplier to develop and execute plans to address technical issues related to a supplier's performance. This may include design, tolerance, production methods, coating, processing, heat treatment, measurement techniques, etc. The person will collaborate with technical resources inside Collins and at the supplier to develop actions and coordinate activities needed to ensure delivery of quality parts occurs per schedule. This will include resolution of risks/obstacles, regardless of origin to ensure manufacturing, supply chain, and delivery schedules are in alignment with customer needs. Communication may involve senior management in multiple organizations.
Tasks may include but are not limited to:
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.
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.
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 Commodity team negotiations.
Support the relationship management of Strategic Partners and Preferred suppliers.
Work with Commodity Managers and Design/Project Engineers to coordinate sourcing strategies and ensure a smooth and timely manufacturing ramp-up on new programs.
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.
Interact with suppliers to review, maintain and revise Manufacturing Process Sheet (MPS's)
Ensure appropriate risk mitigation activities are completed
This position requires a Bachelor's degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant experience. In the absences of a degree, 11 years of relevant experience is required.
Minimum 3 years of experience in Supply Chain/Procurement/Purchasing
Previous experience in a technical capacity (Engineering or Operations)
Experience with CATIA is preferred (or Unigraphics, Pro E, Solidworks)
Strong knowledge of GD&T and a proficiency with CAD
Experience in manufacturing -- Surface Finishing, Machining, Paint and Assembly.
Strong supplier & applicable industry knowledge
General knowledge of Supply Chain Management practices as well as procurement systems.
Strong understanding of Continuous Improvement (CI) with demonstrated success implementing CI projects.
Previous experience in Manufacturing/Mechanical/Aerospace components
Ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications & drive manufacturability improvements
Background six sigma, root cause analysis, PPAP, GR&R
Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes
Lean management tools with the ability to measure, analyze and assess complex processes
5 years of operations experience in a manufacturing environment including leading project teams.
University Degree in a Technical Field (Engineering, Operations or, Quality Preferred)
Experience in a machining facility with knowledge of programming and tooling
Project Management experience
Previous experience with aircraft landing gear