Sr. Metallurgical Engineer, Supply Chain (Starship)
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.
SR. METALLURGICAL ENGINEER, SUPPLY CHAIN (STARSHIP)
This position will support our Starship program and requires a combination of proven leadership and technical capabilities. This is a highly technical position that requires practical experience in process engineering and new product development through to stabilized production for the machined components and assemblies used in rockets and rocket engines. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of the machining and assembly of metallic components and associated processes with the desire and capability to take on new challenges in unfamiliar areas to help enable our mission to Mars.
- Lead new cutting-edge material development at mills for proprietary SpaceX materials
- Enforce strict requirements at mills world-wide to ensure we are receiving aerospace-grade materials for the Starship program
- Act as the metallurgical point of contact for all purchased metallic raw materials and semi-finished products; coil products, sheet metal, stainless steels, mill products, castings, forgings, tubing, etc. used on our vehicles and engines, solving emergent challenges at suppliers and mitigating risk to the manifest by addressing high-impact manufacturing and quality challenges
- Lead technical quality issue and non-conformance resolution, while functioning as liaison between purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and suppliers
- Work with procurement to source exceptional suppliers and qualify them appropriately for quality and the ability to meet our aggressive takt times
- Partner with suppliers to develop the capability to produce products unique to SpaceX, typically expanding their product line into new materials and/or processes
- Develop and approve process controls to control critical characteristics
- Conduct design for manufacturing (DFM) reviews to ensure parts are manufacturable at early stages, preferably prior to sourcing
- Own the new product introduction (NPI) process at suppliers for new parts, drawing changes, or when re-sourcing existing parts to a new supplier
- Recommend technical product improvements to reduce risks to quality and delivery, and potential defect opportunities
- Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems
- Provide feedback 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
- 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
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or materials discipline
- 5+ years of experience with manufacturing, materials, or process engineering role
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in metallurgical engineering or materials science & engineering
- 2+ years of experience with TIG, MIG, and resistance welding of stainless steel
- Familiarity with metallic mill products in the alloys and product forms used on our launch vehicle and engines, primarily stainless steels
- Experience with coil products, tubings, castings and/or forgings
- Broad familiarity with the ancillary processes associated with the production of metallic parts, e.g., NDE, heat treatment, etc.
- Technical capabilities including knowledge of 2D blueprints and model drawings
- Knowledge of supplier quality processes; Production Part Approval Process, Advanced Product Quality Planning, First Article Inspection Reports, etc.
- Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods like design of experiments, Six Sigma, etc.
- Experience with Quality Systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP)
- 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
- Experience with MRP or ERP systems
- Must be able to work extended hours, some nights and/or weekends as needed to meet major milestones
- Must be able to travel - up to 50% work week travel may be required, including international travel
- This position is based in Hawthorne, CA or Brownsville, TX and requires being onsite - remote work not considered
- Valid driver’s license is mandatory
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Sr. Supply Chain Engineer: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/per year
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.
Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.
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