Supplier Development Engineer


Key information

Industrial Engineering
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Segensworth north fareham hampshire, England, UK
Regular Full time, Full-time

Job description

The purpose of the Supplier Development Engineer is to act as a technical liaison between Safran HE UK and its suppliers, and provide technical support to those suppliers during New Product Introduction and Performance Improvement activities.

The SDE will guide suppliers through the Safran PPAP or DVI industrial validation processes, leading or supporting all phases as required. They will ensure efficient project management of all product transfers from Safran HE UK to the supply chain and will ensure compliance to Safran standards for industrialisation. Where suppliers experience challenges in meeting their QCD targets, the SDE will support problem solving and continuous improvement activity, both remotely and at suppliers' facilities.

Responsibilities shall include cross-functional project management to qualify new components, supporting issues with current production, developing new suppliers to reduce cost, increase capacity, improve quality, and auditing suppliers to ensure process conformance. Manage the customer specific requirements and offer technical support. Work on multiple phases or sub-tasks of projects or entire projects of moderate complexity, with results impacting on project completion.


  • • Drive supplier selection through robust qualification processes
  • • Assess new and existing supplier capabilities to meet product, cost, quality, capacity and fulfilment ensuring suppliers can meet requirements for performance, quality, cost and delivery of components and requirements for PPAP, APQP, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and other applicable customer and internal system and reputation requirements
  • • Based on screening, prioritise preferred suppliers
  • • Drive improvements utilising Lean methodologies, supplier scorecards and own supplier audit, ensuring supplier compliance, whilst driving systematic problem solving and process improvement plans to deliver value
  • • Track the supplier's key performance indicators, based on their scorecards and rankings, to facilitate and develop the supply base's ability to consistently meet or exceed defined expectations
  • • Develop positive relationships and work closely with Procurement to manage, implement and track supplier/engineering, design changes, capacity studies and New Product Introductions, and transfers
  • • Deliver results as measured by key metrics, such as supplier yield, field cost, field defect rate, supplier quality plan engagement/effectiveness, and corrective & preventative action closure
  • • Provide correlation with company facilities
  • • Act as consultant to communicate and coach the Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering and Procurement organizations to drive cost effective improvements to Quality and Manufacturing processes, minimising waste, introduce new products and improve product design
  • • Provide technical expertise and leadership to sourcing and development of suppliers with respect to technology, performance, quality, cost, logistics and delivery

Complementary description

  • • Provide leadership during investigations of major problems and or special projects focusing on developing working relationships with suppliers and the supply chain about product development and procurement of parts
  • • Responsible for leading the solution for supplier component concerns, driving Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), customer interaction, supplier interaction,
  • • Carry out new supplier validation audits, with supplier support and supplier Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
  • • Assist with new product launch by working with suppliers to ensure that key milestones are achieved
  • • Define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements
  • • Keep up with current and developing manufacturing and engineering trends that concern product quality
  • • Contribute to continuous improvement activities
  • • Provide technical expertise to customers/licensees in solving technical problems associated with product supply and test facilities
  • • Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients
  • • Achieve goals within budget
  • • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends
  • • Undertake personal continuous training and development
  • • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
  • • Independently determine approach and assigned tasks

Job requirements


  • • Diplomatic approach to relationships
  • • Experience in Sourcing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and project management
  • • Experience in vendor qualification
  • • Knowledge of quality and business systems
  • • Commercial and financial acumen
  • • Strong knowledge of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • • Vast experience of cross functional working
  • • Report and Procedure writing, with excellent presentation skills
  • • Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings
  • • Understanding manufacturing processes
  • • Planning and prioritising activities
  • • Ability to present data effectively
  • • Numerically astute with strong problem-solving skills and expertise to develop and execute objectives for self and others and the ability to effect short-term and some long-term business goals
  • • Qualities
  • • Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree preferred; ONC, A Levels, City & Guilds Level 3, BTec National Diploma Level 3, IVQ Technician Diploma or equivalent NVQ level 3 qualification
  • • Substantial experience in a precision manufacturing environment, preferably aerospace or automotive
  • • Substantial experience in supplier development
  • • Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers
  • • Assertive, optimistic, resilient and welcomes change
  • • Engages interest and participation of others and has a collaborative approach to working together
  • • Proactively contributes to the team
  • • Is self-aware and has ability to work on own initiative
  • • Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings
  • • Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment
  • • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • • Strong negotiation and influencing skills

Specificity of the job


Company information

Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 79,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.

Safran ranks first in Forbes's 2020 list of the World's Best Employers for its sector.

Safran Helicopter Engines is the world's leading manufacturer of helicopter engines, with more than 75,000 produced since being founded. It offers the widest range of helicopter turboshafts in the world and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries.

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