Lean Supplier Development Engineer

Provides Low volume / High mix as well as High Volume suppliers with lean manufacturing expertise, process expertise and guidance in support of optimizing supplier processes in achievement of customer requirements. Drives implementation of lean culture and principles at the supplier sites in support of Commodity and Business Unit Strategies. Provides suppliers with appropriate Lean training as well as hands-on application of lean principles, techniques, process improvements and tools as required. Ensures that external supplier improvements are aligned with internal manufacturing needs. Serves as a key interface between the internal logistics / manufacturing teams, and the external logistics / preferred Suppliers.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Duties and responsibilities which occupy a major portion of time and importance in the job. Incumbent(s) perform one or more of the following duties.)

1. Perform onsite assessments of supplier capabilities, including a look into their process controls and lean maturity

2. Develop and propose new tools and procedures to support the development of preferred

supply partners

Recommend supplier-specific improvement opportunities and lean techniques that can be implemented to improve supplier performance in Quality, Cost, On-Time-Delivery,

and Lead Time Reduction.

4. Provide applicable lean training to suppliers and facilitate Kaizen events if and when


Support and/or facilitate the development of supplier improvement plans; provide guidance, expertise, and the necessary tools to support the execution of the plan

Support the Commodity Strategy in driving, tracking, and communicating supplier improvement progress against established goals.

Assess the effectiveness of the implemented lean improvements; follow up with the supplier to identify new areas for continuous improvement

Identify areas for Cost Take Out (CTO) at the supplier site and work with the supplier to capture and report the cost savings.

Serve as the “supply chain liaison” to the supplier; link the required TAKT and material requirements needs back to the supplier (problem information, TAKT rate, other needs, etc) and help the supplier achieve the requirements

Support the Commodity Team Lead(s) as required

Support the Supplier Engineering & Supply Chain Organization as required; facilitate internal Kaizen events as required


A. Responsibilities for Work of Others

Frequently mentors individuals at all levels of the organization in areas of expertise as required by job assignment. Typically responsible for management of projects which involve others.


(In addition to the items listed above, the Essential Skills are:)

Strong interpersonal skills including

Consensus building

Conflict resolution

Effective teaming and team building

Communication (written, verbal, presentation, computer)

Meeting facilitation

Team Player

Cultural Change Agent

Experience in Enterprise-wide lean implementation, including

Value Stream Mapping

Root Cause Analysis

Leading Kaizen Events

Visual Management

Waste Elimination

Project Management

Poke Yoke / Mistake Proofing

Six Sigma Black Belt a plus

Practitioner of Lean in High Mix / Low Volume facilities

Communication and Computer Skills

Microsoft Office including Access and PowerPoint

Able to write articles for company-wide publication

Training delivery and development

Teleconferencing (NetMeeting, etc.)

Basic Web Publication (SharePoint, etc.) a plus

Basic business acumen including

Understanding business financials

Basic knowledge of enterprise computer systems (ex: ERP/MRP)

Experience in highly competitive commercial business environments a plus

Takes initiative / self-starter

Minimum Education and Experience Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years work experience or equivalent experience Required Skills and Education Bachelors Degree

5 or more years of diverse manufacturing process improvement experience

NOTE: When a degree is required, one in the subject closest to the field of work is preferred.

OR a Masters degree and 3 years of diverse manufacturing process improvement experience

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree. Equivalent experience will be considered. Training and practice in Lean and/or Six Sigma required, certification a plus.

Preferred Skills and Education Lean Certification

6 Sigma Certification (Green or Black Belt) About BAE Systems Electronic Systems BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.

The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression

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