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Lead Supply Chain Engineer, Avionics



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2023

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.


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. This position requires a combination of proven leadership and technical capabilities.

The Lead Supply Chain Engineer is responsible for defining and implementing policies and strategies for near-term results. The incumbent will guide the team in the execution of activities to achieve established metrics, provide tactical direction to employees, and remove roadblocks. Success in this role will require the use of strong communication skills, engineering intuition and best practices, and commodity management experience to systemically grow and mature SpaceX suppliers into strategic partners.


  • Team Leadership:
    • Lead a team of engineers by providing mentorship, guidance, and accountability for team performance
    • Manage the team by providing clear direction that aligns with the strategy and priorities of the company/program
    • Hire, develop, and retain top talent to meet current and future business needs
    • Represent the team in management-level staff meetings and at program team meetings
    • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention-to-detail, self-direction, and courage
    • Drive for results and customer satisfaction
    • Develop and enhance transactional processes to gain organizational efficiency
    • Develop positive relationships, and work closely with engineering and sourcing leaders to manage, implement, and track supplier/engineering design changes, new product introductions, and outsourcing
    • Interface with component teams to prioritize supply chain engineering needs by component to improve cost competitiveness or supply constraints
  • Supplier Development:
    • Research external market information and entrepreneurial companies to identify potential new sources and suppliers
    • Drive technical product improvements and related engineering drawing updates to reduce risk and potential defect opportunities to improve manufacturability, manufacturing lead-times, and cost
    • Review and assess supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems. Provide feedback, as appropriate, on manufacturing methods and technologies. Manage supplier improvement plans and probations
    • Develop supplier strategies that will deliver high quality, on-time delivered, and appropriately priced parts
    • Deliver results as measured by key metrics such as part yield, cost, defect rate, etc.
    • Collaborate with teams, lead projects, and continuously drive improvement in the supply base
    • Develop and enhance transactional processes to gain organizational efficiency
    • Define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements
  • Self-Management & Relationship Management:
    • Engage interest and participation of others, and have a collaborative approach to working together
    • Contribute to the team, and engage with internal customers to identify and address opportunities for improvement
    • Show moral courage, openness, and honesty in all dealings
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience with manufacturing and/or inspection of mechanical products in a production environment


  • Experience with manufacturing, machined parts, fabricated components, and relevant experience in electronics such as PCB, PCBA instrumentation, and/or wire harnessing
  • 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
  • Experience with 3D modeling/CAD software, and engineering drawing creation
  • 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 (Minitab, design of experiments, Six Sigma, etc.)
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience. Experience performing PFMEAs
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience


  • 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


Pay range:

Lead: $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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the 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.