Supplier Development Engineer

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About Zipline
Zipline’s mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. We believe that where you live should never dictate whether you live. We are at the forefront of a logistics revolution, using autonomous aircraft to deliver just-in-time, life-saving medical supplies at national scale in several countries and expanding around the world. Are you interested in building a system that 500 million people will depend on with their lives?
About The Role  

Does aggressively tackling ambitious 10x cross-disciplinary projects like owning the company’s transition from prototype to volume manufacturing excite you?  Do you cut short circular discussions and focus on the deliverables balancing meetings with the stakeholders and getting work done?  Do you find yourself wanting to be a part of the full cycle of supplier development from root cause analysis, cost optimization, production quality maintenance, and supplier selection & monitoring? In this role, you will closely collaborate with Zipline’s Engineering, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing teams to take Zipline’s Supplier Development to the next level, and you will push yourself and your teammates to chase innovation through continuous improvement, every day. This position is critical and will directly impact our ability to scale our life-saving service from tens to hundreds of millions of people.

*This is not a remote role*

What You'll Do 

Supplier Development:

  • Audit current & potential vendors, both domestically and abroad to ensure they meet the quality, delivery and reliability requirements.
  • Partner with Zipline's Design, Manufacturing and Supply Chain teams to determine requirements for outsourcing initiatives.
  • Strengthen our current supplier ecosystem to meet Zipline’s increasing production volume & quality needs.
  • Select, coach, and support potential and current suppliers into independent workforces that strive for continuous improvement towards zero defects.
  • Lead, track and improve supplier manufacturing process development and launch readiness for new products or design changes. 

Quality Improvement:

  • Partner with the Quality Team to strengthen the vendor/process certification methodology that ensures quality is built into our parts and processes.
  • Push quality upstream by making sure that issues are permanently corrected at the source through root cause analysis.
  • Drive improvements utilizing Lean methodologies, Statistical Process Control, and supplier scorecards.
  • Ensure supplier compliance, while driving systematic problem solving and process-improvement plans.
  • Develop strong and positive relationships internally and externally to implement and track supplier/engineering design changes, capacity studies and New Product Introductions.
Process Optimization:
  • Partner with Engineering to collect DFM feedback from suppliers. Act as a communication portal between the two parties in order to align 100% on all requirements and improve the quality of our parts at the source while reducing inspection needs.
  • Lead and implement quality improvements at suppliers that results in cost savings on both ends.
What You'll Bring 
  • You have worked for at least 3 years in a fast paced and high growth environment as a Supplier Quality Engineer, Supplier Development Engineer, or Supplier Industrialization Engineer.
  • You have worked with an established Quality System and applied it to improve your supply base (applicable standards are AS9100/ISO9001/IATF16949).
  • You have achieved measurable results with implementing Product Quality Planning with part suppliers and contract manufacturers, both domestic and overseas (applicable examples are APQP, PPAP, PFMEA, SPC).
  • You have visited vendors in different geographies and you know what excellence looks like across a variety of manufacturing processes so that you can effectively assess the best fit for Zipine’s needs (examples are electromechanical assembly, injection molding, machining, composites, extrusion, welding, PCBA manufacturing, anodizing, painting).
  • You have actively participated in a product design effort and thus know what it takes to transition from prototype to volume production (if you used any 3D CAD system like NX, Catia, Solidworks that is a big plus!).
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing is like a second language to you and you have used it to align intent and requirements between Design, Manufacturing and Quality on both ends.
  • You understand the value of methods like 8D, 5-WHY, Pareto Charts and Fishbone Diagrams because you have achieved measurable results by using them and influencing others to do the same.
  • You can thrive in structured and unstructured environments although you get excited to optimize limited resources with a heavy workload.
What Else You Need to Know   
This role will require travel of around 25-30% of the time to various countries, and Zipline will work together with you to make sure that this is possible. 
 
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.
 
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!
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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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