Supplier Quality Engineer

CAES | Lancaster, PA

Posted Date 5/21/2024

Delivering mission-critical, electronic solutions that protect lives. Use your creativity and critical thinking to take our products from concept to customer.

CAES is a defense, aerospace, cyber security, energy, and transportation products group. CAES manages a portfolio of specialist capabilities, generating highly differentiated solutions and products by applying electronic, mechanical, and software technologies in demanding and critical environments to meet customer needs.

We are an industry leader in the design, manufacture, support of advanced integrated RF systems for high performance Electronic Warfare, Radar/Communications, flight test and instrumentation systems. Our products are used by US and international customers in manned aircraft, UAVs, space launch vehicles, missiles and guided weapons applications.

Are you up for challenges? CAES is looking for a Team Player to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment at the Lancaster facility. Working closely with multi-disciplinary teams, and being able to adapt to a rapidly changing production environment brings with it an exciting opportunity to influence the successful execution of production goals and achieving operational excellence. This position must have the ability to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance to the level of Secret.

The most important thing we build is TRUST



As the Supplier Quality Engineer you will be responsible for supporting Supply Chain in a fast-paced work environment and providing engineering guidance on supplier manufacturability, quality, and delivery concerns that will help meet our supply chain needs. This role will also be strategic in the growth of the Supplier Quality Engineering department for all of Mission Systems. A team player who supports the shared success of the team. You’ll use your skills to work on Medium to High Complexity Hardware, working under limited supervision. This position is onsite in Lancaster, when not traveling, will support the other Mission Systems sites.


  • Perform site audits for new suppliers, on a recurring basis for existing suppliers, and during any critical supplier issues (audits may include a review and assessment of supplier processes and compliance to company, government, and federal manufacturing standards)
  • Provide technical support to suppliers to quickly resolve any technical, schedule, logistical, or quality issues to support on-time shipments and production at CAES
  • Support the Grow-Maintain-Exit supply chain strategy by providing technical insight on current suppliers and evaluating potential new suppliers that can exceed current supplier performance
  • Support New Product Introductions at existing suppliers or transition or existing products to new suppliers
  • Evaluate supplier metrics on a monthly basis to uncover trending issues and proactively improve supplier performance
  • Manage First Articles from suppliers including on-site support (if necessary) and support Receiving Inspection and production through the First Article validation process
  • Participate and/or lead weekly supplier calls for critical suppliers or projects as required. Work with Supply Chain to manage suppliers’ action items, quality, and delivery
  • Support Receiving Inspection for any nonconformances identified for received material. Issue and manage SCARs as necessary.
  • Review Supplier Quality Engineering and Supply Chain processes to identify opportunities for process improvement, streamlining, and standardization between CAES sites. Promote sharing of best practices, inter-site coordination, and process sharing to foster a cohesive wide Supplier Quality Engineering team.
  • Support higher-level initiatives regarding Supply Chain and Supplier Quality Engineering strategy
  • 25-50% travel is required, but may be higher depending on program, supplier, or internal needs



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (or equivalent), and minimum 5 years' experience as a Quality Engineer within a manufacturing environment or Master's Degree in Engineering (or equivalent) and minimum 3 years' experience as a Quality Engineer within a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to visit key suppliers (approx. 25 – 50% travel)
  • Experience with MS Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • This position requires access to technology, materials, software or hardware that is controlled by US export laws. In order to be eligible for this position, you must be a “US Person” under US export laws (or eligible for approval under a U.S. Government export license).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • BS or BA degree typically required in a related field of study, with minimum 8 years' in Quality Engineering within a manufacturing environment, or MS or MA degree in a related field of study, with minimum 5 years' in Quality Engineering within a manufacturing environment
  • Proven technical experience in SMT, PWB manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, microelectronics, machining, and/or electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Experience using ERP systems
  • Aerospace or Defense Experience
  • Knowledge of Lean manufacturing techniques and principles
  • Supplier quality experience
  • Continuous environment experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Active Security clearance

Salary Range: $89,043 - $126,494 annually. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Applicable pay within the posted range may vary based on factors including, but not limited to, geographical location, job function of the position, education, and experience of the successful candidate. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as business results.




We take care of our people and provide competitive health, wealth and wellbeing benefits – from day one. You’ll also discover learning and development opportunities so you can take your career to the next level – and beyond.

Other benefits include:

  • Comprehensive PTO, Paid Holiday and Paid Family Leave Programs.
  • Student Loan Repayment Program & Tuition Reimbursement
  • 9/80 Alternate Work Week Schedule
  • Tailored Management/Leadership Training
  • Innovative Medical Programs, Including Family Forming


CAES is the largest provider of analog and radiation hardened technology for the United States aerospace and defense industry. From human spaceflight and space exploration, to missile defense and electronic warfare, to healthcare solutions addressing COVID-19, our talented team develop high performing electronic solutions that work the first time, every time.


At CAES we welcome differences and celebrate new ideas. We believe the diversity of our people inspires our creativity and drives our innovation. Everyone is welcome here, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please email

Salary89,043.00 - 126,494.00 Annual

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