SpaceX is hiring a

Supplier Development Engineer - Fasteners

Hawthorne, United States

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 Development Engineer – Fasteners


SpaceX demands a new type of supply chain. We require our suppliers to provide premium quality with rapidly evolving designs at increasingly ambitious volumes. We are actively looking for candidates who possess comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality tools and have unrelenting motivation to enable suppliers for success.


  • Analyze supplier quality & delivery metrics to identify trends and pinpoint systemic performance gaps and root causes.
  • Collaborate with Procurement team to strategically source parts matched with supplier competencies.
  • Implement and monitor production part approval process with selected suppliers.
  • Assure supplier understanding of product and submission requirements.
  • Develop and approve process controls to control critical characteristics.
  • Recommend technical product improvements to reduce risk and potential defect opportunities.
  • Provide support for Receiving Inspection by preparing and maintaining inspection plans.
  • Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems. Provide feedback to as appropriate on manufacturing methods and technologies.  Manage supplier improvement plans.
  • Improve quality performance of suppliers by conducting workshops at supplier locations, providing technical assistance in developing a quality system, or other technical support as required.
  • Function as liaison between purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and suppliers to resolve supplier quality issues and to provide technical support.
  • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction and courage.
  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with teams, lead projects, and continuously drive improvement in the supply base.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field from an ABET accredited university.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in an aerospace fasteners manufacturing and/or process engineering role.

Preferred Skills and Experiences:

  • Degree in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering.
  • Experience with manufacturing and testing in a precision metal manufacturing environment.
  • Competence interpreting 2D engineering drawings and model drawings.
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (Production Part Approval Process, Advanced Product Quality Planning, First Article Inspection Reports, etc.)
  • Experience with Quality Systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100).
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and report writing.
  • Knowledge of lean concepts.
  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others (strong written and verbal communication skills, able to liaise cross functionally, internally and externally, make presentations to team members and management).
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods (like design of experiments, Six Sigma, etc.).
  • Experience with MRP or ERP systems.

Additional Requirements:

  • Position requires long hours and some nights and weekends when required.
  • Ability to travel - up to 60-75% work week travel is required, valid driver’s license mandatory.

ITAR Requirements:

  • 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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