Supplier Development Engineer

Crane Co. Lynnwood , WA 98087

Posted 1 week ago

Crane Aerospace & Electronics is seeking to hire a Supplier Development Engineer at our Lynnwood, WA campus.

The Supplier Development Engineer ensures that supplier systems, processes and technical capabilities meet Crane's design intent and are compliant with Crane's requirements.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Drive cost effective improvements to supplier quality and manufacturing processes utilizing lean methodologies to minimize waste

  • Drive product cost reductions through systematic problem solving and process improvement plans

  • Work closely with sourcing leaders to manage New Product Introductions and work transfers, conduct new supplier validation audits and capacity & capability assessments

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership to sourcing and development of suppliers with respect to technology, performance, quality, and cost

  • Deliver results as measured by key metrics, such as supplier yield, Defective Parts Per Million (DPPM), Supplier on-time delivery, field defect rate, supplier quality plan engagement/effectiveness, and corrective & preventative action closure

  • Provide leadership during investigations of major problems and/or special projects focusing on developing working relationships with suppliers and supply chain with regard to product development and procurement of parts

  • Assist with new product launch by working with suppliers to ensure that key milestones are achieved

  • Work with the Engineering Teams (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements

Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant technical field


  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in Manufacturing Engineering, Process Engineering or Industrial Engineering

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in Supplier Quality Engineering

  • Electronics/Electrical Engineering specialization required for Electrical Commodities, including but not limited to Printed Circuit Card Assemblies and Printed Wiring Boards

  • Able to interpret/read drawings, prints, specifications

  • Experience in using quality tools, including SPC (Statistical process control), MSA (Measurement system analysis), First Articles, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), PPAP (Production Part Approval Process), 8D, FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis), control plans, process controls, RCCA (Root Cause-Corrective Action), etc. to understand and ultimately resolve challenges in the supply chain and internally

  • Experience and understanding of manufacturing standards (e.g. ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO /TS 16949, AS9100, IPC standards)

  • Experience with 6 Sigma & Lean Manufacturing Methodologies; 6 Sigma Black Belt certification is preferred

  • Experience with process and product audits (internal and suppliers) preferred;

  • Demonstrated experience as "change agent" internally within company, and externally with suppliers with positive results


  • Knowledge and understanding of capacity management

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Principles

  • Technical knowledge of manufacturing processes for assigned commodities


  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work with cross functional and international teams

  • Influential and negotiation skills

  • Ability to multitask, manage conflicting priorities and meet deadlines

  • Excellent Project Management skills

  • Business acumen

  • Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment

Eligibility Requirement:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and not require Visa sponsorship to be eligible. We are bound by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as a US Department of Defense contractor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Printed Circuit Card Assemblies and Printed Wire Boards. Familiarity with IPC standards

  • Experience in supplier development

  • Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment

  • Manufacturing operations may require the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to: eye safety glasses, gowning, masks, hearing protectors, heel/wrist straps and any other required PPE

  • May be exposed to unusual environmental conditions such as loud noises, cold temperatures, confined spaces, dust or fumes

  • Must be available to work overtime, as needed

  • Travel to assigned suppliers, up to 50% (domestic and international)

About Crane Aerospace & Electronics

Crane Aerospace & Electronics supplies critical systems and components to the aerospace and defense markets. You'll find Crane Aerospace & Electronics in some of the toughest environments: from engines to landing gear; from satellites to medical implants and from missiles to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Crane Aerospace offers a full line of products for sensing both position (proximity) and pressure of mechanical, flight control and air data systems. All incorporate flight proven, highly reliable technology and are in use on many commercial and military aircraft.

We are committed to operational excellence and world-class processes. We employ Lean manufacturing techniques to optimize manufacturing efficiency and accuracy on all product lines. Our products are known for their technical strength, proven reliability and overall value.

In our efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace, Crane Aerospace & Electronics requires that candidates complete a satisfactory background check prior to employment.

Crane Co. reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of accountability and responsibility. This description should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.

Crane Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, or U.S. military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or applicable local law, in recruiting, hiring, training and promoting.

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