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Supplier Quality Engineering Specialist

Hamilton, Ontario Job ID 116197
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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

9/80 work schedule available for most U.S. and Canada employees, effective October 24, 2022.

Supplier Quality Engineering Specialist


Waterdown, Ontario


As a subsidiary of L3Harris Technologies and within the Integrated Mission Systems Segment, the WESCAM division develops the most advanced optical sensor and targeting systems for global defense and military sectors, National Security, Search & Rescue and Airborne law enforcement agencies. From long-range covert surveillance missions to search and rescue operations, our MX-series systems, and the mission systems solutions they are a part of, produce stabilized high-magnification electro-optical and infrared images from airborne, marine and ground based platforms, enabling our customers to see first and act first.

About the Role

This role of a supplier quality engineer (SQE) is a supply chain professional that plays a central role in developing new suppliers, assessing supplier quality and ensures that products received are free of defects. The SQE is the liaison between our supply chain management team and suppliers to investigate, analyze and resolve supplier quality issues by conducting audits, analyzing trend defects and leading continuous improvement projects in an effort to increase the supplier capability of consistently meeting Wescam’s requirements.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supplier Development and/or sourcing
    • Understanding the requirements, work with Engineering and the Buyer to assess the technical capability and roadmap of the supplier
    • Perform supplier audits for risk and capabilities
  • Determine and assign capable supplier(s) to items
  • Specifications/document/product compliance and alignment
    • Ensure there is a specifications matrix
    • Align product verification/test between supplier and the internal factory
    • As it relates to manufacturing and test, make sure that design to cost is met
    • Ensure product compliance to specification by ensuring relevant verification has occurred (life testing, qualification acceptance)
  • Look for and analyze trends for issues
    • Analyze SINs (Supplier Initiated Non Conformances) & NCRs (Non Conformances) to ensure that trends are identified and resolved
    • Ensure link to the shop floor, supply chain, CSG (Customer Service Group) and EFFA (Early Field Failure Analysis)
    • Drive (RCCA) Root Cause Corrective Actions from technical SCARs (supplier Corrective Action Review) and NCRs
    • Report trends at applicable reviews
    • Create project plans to close out issues
  • Own and perform or guide FAI (First Article Inspection) and part inspections at source and at incoming
  • Participate in the Quality Alert & containment process
  • Responsible for defining material handling requirements from the supply chain to storage at Wescam
  • Actively participate in all technical reviews, internal and external
    • Ensure specification compliance, manufacturability, testability, and cost
  • Perform supplier assessments at the source
    • Ensure the suppliers build & test processes are robust and repeatable with no variability
    • Ensure that the product can be produced in the most economic, efficient and effective way
    • Utilize techniques such as PFMEA
  • Continuous improvement mindset

Required Capabilities

  • Strong statistical analysis skills and ability to analyze supplier or vendor data along with internal metrics.
  • Highly technical mindset and thorough knowledge of technical elements of manufacturing and engineering with the ability to identify process variability, as well as making informed judgement and recommendation within the supply chain.
  • Quality assurance skills with the ability to inspect product and manufacturing environments to identify potential issues.
  • Ability to lead the creation, execution and reporting of projects to improve supplier quality, acting as a liaison between the company and the supply chain.
  • Excellent technical communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Dynamic, resourceful and known for sense of initiative (leadership, innovative, problem solver)

Desired Education and Experiences

  • University degree in Electrical Engineering or alternate Engineering discipline combined with supporting design/manufacturing of electronic assemblies.
  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in a Supplier Quality Engineering capacity
  • Extensive experience supporting Electronics Manufacturing of Surface-Mount Technologies, Through-Hole Technologies and Wire harness Assemblies to relevant IPC standards, OR proven ability to rapidly acquire a high level of competence in new technical areas.
  • Lead 8D root cause, project or quality improvement plans, APQP, PPAP
  • Green Belt Certification or equivalent industry lean experience an asset, but not required
  • ASQ CQE or CSQP an asset
  • P.Eng. designation an asset, but not required
  • ASME Y14.5 – 2009 (or newer) knowledge and practice
  • ISO/AS9100D (or newer) knowledge and practice an asset, but not required

About L3Harris Technologies

In July 2019 – L3 Technologies and Harris Corp merged to become L3Harris Technologies, becoming an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains.

Our customers perform on the world’s most challenging front lines. They trust us to keep them prepared for what’s next. We combine speed, innovation and flawless execution to give people confidence and security in the world ahead.

As we relentlessly pursue new ideas, we know that everything we bring to market must deliver, without fail, every time. The urgency of our quest is matched by our commitment to the people we serve. In a world of ever accelerating change, threat environments move fast. We move forward faster, delivering industry-leading value.

Organized into four segments – Integrated Mission Systems, Communications Systems, Space & Airborne Systems and Aviation Systems – L3Harris Technologies employs over 50,000 people worldwide in over 130 countries with annual revenues approximately $17 billion.

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Our work environment is both challenging and dynamic – our physical environment is state of the art. Here’s what you can expect by joining L3Harris WESCAM:

    • Brand new, custom-built 330,000 sq ft Engineering and Production facility atop the Waterdown escarpment in Hamilton
      • Click HEREfor directions to our new facility
    • Close to hiking paths along the Bruce trail
    • Every other Friday off (paid – with our rare 9/80 work schedule)
    • 18000 sq ft subsidized Café including 12 mini- Café areas throughout the complex
    • Free 10,000 sq ft on-site gym
    • Free wellness programs
    • Free fruit, bagels and coffee
    • Remote /hybrid work options, hoteling stations providing flexibility and multiple work options
    • Wellness rooms – first aid, prayer, mother’s room and quiet zones
    • Work / Life balance
    • Real opportunities for growth and development
    • A diverse and inclusive working culture
    • Everyone’s role at L3HARRIS WESCAM contributes to protecting people’s lives

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