Supplier Quality Engineer

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Quality Assurance
US-DC-Washington DC
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
US-DC-Washington DC

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (SPCE:NYSE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology.


From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.


“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.” Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic


If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!


Your Mission

* Position located in Manassas, Virginia*


The Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) should possess experience in Supplier Management, Root Cause and Corrective Action, Continual Improvement, Data Analysis and team facilitation. SQE must have excellent communication, organizational and time management skills and an overall strong quality focus. They must be able to work within cross-functional teams to meet and improve upon established quality and delivery goals. The SQE is the focal point for both internal and external supplier quality activities. The SQE serves as the advocate to the supplier within the business and represents business interests when working with suppliers. The SQE supports the day-to-day operations and is responsible for issue resolution for supply chain related quality issues; both internal and at the customer.

•Plans and conducts audits and assessments of supplier’s systems, processes and documents and reports audit and assessment
•Analyze supplier performance and develop improvement plans for identified problem areas to drive down supplier DPPM and nonconformance rates
•Use Six Sigma & Lean concepts for supplier improvement of quality and delivery metric
•Assists with assessments of supplier capability and capacity to perform current and potential future work.
•Drive supplier performance that meet or exceeds quality goals established by the business including targets created for each
•Provides supplier education and coaching on quality systems, regulatory compliance issues and company
•Analyzes non-conformance trends to evaluate effectiveness of corrective actions or other supplier quality improvement
•Assist in the development of supplier scorecard
•Travel to suppliers as required.

What you bring

•Bachelor’s degree in engineering or business-related field is desired; or 6 years related experience and/or training in manufacturing environment; or equivalent combination of education and Supplier Quality Engineering experience and ASQ
•Experience with data analyzes.
•Ability to understand drawings/specifications and interpret
•Working knowledge of AS9100 and FAA conformity process.
•Effective communication & presentation skills both written & oral; ability to manage multiple
•Self-starter, able to self-motivate and complete tasks with limited
•Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
•Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPointApplicants must be “U.S. persons” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR 120.15) Preferred Skills and Experience
•Familiarity with ISO-9001, AS9100, AS9102.
•Practical knowledge of Aerospace or commercial equivalent Preventative tools - SPC, FMEA, QFD, PPAP, APQP
•Six Sigma training (Yellow or Green Belt)
•American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certification (CQE, CQM/OE, CSQE, CQA, CRE, etc.)
•Proven successes in building and maintaining relationships with multiple suppliers / customers
•Experience with the requirements or standards such as FAA CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and


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 ITAR (22 CFR section 120.15) or eligiable to botain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


EEO Statement
Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as newly hired employees.

As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19virus, (“fully vaccinated” means at least two week have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer).  If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire.  Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.



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