Supplier Development Engineer
Rockford, IL  / Loves Park, IL 
Posted 17 days ago
Job Description


Woodward supports our members' wellbeing and regularly benchmarks with other companies in our industry to offer an extensive Total Reward package for this position. Salary will be determined by the applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

  • All members included in annual cash bonus opportunity
  • 9.5% annual retirement benefit opportunity
  • Tuition reimbursement and Training/Professional Development opportunities for all members
  • 12 paid holidays, including floating holidays
  • Industry leading medical, dental, and vision Insurance upon date of hire
  • Home / Auto Insurance discounts
  • Whole Life Insurance / Critical Illness Insurance / Legal Assistance / Military Leave
  • Spouse / Child Optional Life / Optional AD&D / Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending
  • Voluntary benefits, including:
  • Vacation / Sick Time / Vacation Buy-up / Short Term Disability / Bereavement leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program, including mental health benefits
  • Member Life & AD&D / Long Term Disability / Member Optional Life
  • Member referral bonus

Are you ready to make your mark? If you're a Supplier Development Engineer, we have an exciting opportunity for you. A Supplier Development Engineer provides high level guidance, training and development of new suppliers selected by the global commodity groups. In addition, supplier development engineering is the owner of the sourcing quality system. As such, SDEs manage and improve the quality systems with sourcing as well as provide mentoring and training to the supplier quality engineering group.

What's In It For You

At Woodward, our "employees" are called and treated as "members" and we've created a culture that appreciates and values the contributions of every member. It's an inclusive, positive, collaborative, and socially responsible environment where members work together for outstanding outcomes.

What you will be doing

  • Lead Global Sourcing supplier assessment process activities to evaluate whether a potential new supplier meets Woodward requirements.
  • Work with commodity teams to identify supplier capability / capacity / system gaps determined through supplier assessment activities.
  • Collaborate with commodity teams and suppliers as needed to create supplier development plans to mitigate risks associated with supplier capability / system gaps.
  • Provide project management regarding the implementation of development plans with key suppliers to support commodity strategies.
  • Coordinate with commodity teams to evaluate overall commodity supplier performance to identify and drive supplier performance improvement opportunities.
  • Lead commodity-specific supplier improvement projects.
  • Serve as quality systems and supplier development escalation point of contact within commodity teams.
  • Assess and direct improvement activities within supply base in the areas of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
  • Mentor and guide SQE's, SDE's, and CQE's concerning complex problems and training needs.
  • Project manage and lead SDN (Supplier Development Network) activities to drive QDRC (quality, delivery, responsiveness, and cost) improvements for the mutual benefit of Woodward and the supplier.


What We Are Looking For

  • Bachelors degree in relevant field
  • Previous quality or manufacturing engineering or manufacturing specialist experience in the appropriate technologies/production environment
  • Green belt/Black belt Certification preferred
  • Role can be remote-Travel is around 50%

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR, or possess all required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans


Job Supplier Management
Primary Location United States-Illinois-Rockford, Rock Cut Campus
Organization Woodward
Shift 1st Shift / Day Job


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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