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Supplier Quality Engineer

LMI Aerospace
Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
26 days ago
Job Description


Sonaca North America is driven by a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence. As a leading provider of aerospace and defense solutions, we are dedicated to making air and space travel safe and sustainable. We have 13 locations across North America and our engineering expertise and operational excellence set us apart from the competition.

Since the beginning in 1948, we have a proven track record of delivering high-quality products and services that are reliable, safe, and efficient. Our team of experts is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve in the aerospace and defense industry, utilizing the latest technologies and processes to ensure that we deliver the best possible solutions to our customers.


We are currently seeking a Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE). The SQE is responsible for participating in the development and maintenance of Supplier Quality Assurance initiatives and processes and for supporting Strategic Sourcing Commodity Managers, Sonaca North America Sites and Enterprise Quality in the overall supplier management.  In all actions, the SQE will support Sonaca North America’s Strategy, Quality Policy, and Values by supporting our commitment to total customer satisfaction, quality products and services, and employee development.


The essential duties and responsibilities of the SQE will vary depending upon the assignment within a particular operation and manufacturing location at Sonaca North America.  The following list represents the key activities typical of this role:

  • Execute the delegation program with suppliers to allow self-inspections and continually supply products at a high level of performance for Quality and Delivery
  • Execute supplier development activities with new suppliers.
  • Drive supplier Improvement plans for low performing suppliers and run monthly focus reviews between suppliers, Sonaca North America sites and Sonaca North America Management
  • Ensure supplier compliance to PO flow down and supplier Quality Manual requirements.
  • Conduct supplier on-site and desktop audits per AS-9100/ ISO 9001 requirements.
  • Co-lead containment activities between Supplier and Sonaca North America sites on supplier escapes
  • Lead effective Root Cause Corrective Action for assigned Supplier Corrective actions (SCAR’s) with suppliers to closure.
  • Review and Approve Supplier First Article Inspection (FAI).   Assist suppliers with any non-conformance in FAI reporting.
  • Assist in maintaining the Sonaca North America Approved Supplier List (APL) with Commodity Managers
  • Report monthly / Quarterly supplier performance data to supply base and Sonaca North America sites.
  • Update and Maintain Supplier Quality KPI’s on monthly basis.
  • Coordinate with Purchasing and Sonaca North America sites when source inspection is required to either perform the inspection or arrange for subcontract source provider.
  • Assist with special projects and participate on improvement teams as requested.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a related Engineering position with experience in AS-9100 / ISO 9001 Quality management system
  • 2-3 years Auditing experience in AS9100 / ISO 9001 Quality Systems
  •  Working Knowledge of Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) methodology which includes 8D, 3x5 whys and Fishbone diagrams.
  • Working knowledge of quality tools such as FMEA, Control plans, SPC and Gage R&R.
  • Experience in developing and approving First Article Inspections (FAI)
  • Ability to interpret Drawings and Industry Specifications  
  • Excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  •  Ability to author reports, business correspondence, work instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, employees, and vendors.
  • Aerospace inspection experience is preferred.

Travel Required

Yes, up to 30%


We take care of our people.

  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with a percentage company-match contribution
  • Competitive wages
  • Paid holidays.
  • Paid time off.
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and accidental insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee assistance plan — for access to counseling, consulting and other community resources
  • Wellness program
  • Tuition assistance
  • Subject to eligibility, terms, and conditions

Sonaca North America is an equal employment opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, Sonaca North America provides access and opportunities to those with disabilities. This includes providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who seek to access the company’s online application system. If an applicant is unable to fully access the online application system, Sonaca North America will provide a reasonable accommodation. Applicants with disabilities may contact us at 636********* for assistance accessing the on-line application system. Callers should have a detailed description of the requested accommodation, their name and preferred method of contact ready for Sonaca North America‘s Human Resources Department. Sonaca North America will make every effort to respond within two (2) business days. This phone number is not for the general submission of application materials.

Sonaca North America is an E-Verify Employer.

Sonaca North America is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer


It has been brought to our attention that there have been instances of fraudulent job offers, purporting to be from Sonaca North America and/or its affiliates (“LMI Aerospace”).

This type of fraud is normally carried out through online services such as false websites, or through fake e-mails or call from people claiming to be from the company. These persons offer fraudulent employment opportunities to applicants and often ask for sensitive personal and financial information.  The fraudsters may also request recipients to provide personal information and/or to make payments as part of their fake recruiting process. 

Sonaca North America does not ask for any financial commitments from candidates as a pre-employment requirement and will always require candidates to formally apply for positions via the Careers Page or job postings.

Sonaca North America has no responsibility for fraudulent offers and if you believe you have been a victim of a fraudulent job offer concerning Sonaca North America, please email .


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