Simsbury, CT

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBA&D) is a leader in energetic system solutions offered to aerospace and defense customers for a wide array of applications.  EBA&D products & capabilities set the U.S. standard and are highly sought after in the international community.  

EBA&D seeks an accomplished professional for the position of Supplier Development Engineer, reporting to the Director of Quality. 


The Supplier Development Engineer will work with engineering, program management, operations, and quality to identify, analyze, and approve suppliers in an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment. The Supplier Development Engineer will be the voice of the supply chain to ensure designs are created that meet design for manufacturability and design for cost constraints and is aligned with supplier capability and technology. The successful candidate will:

  • Work closely with the Electrical cross functional team, including product development, program management and production to identify design constraints and make improvements to ensure design requirements are achievable within the supply base capabilities.
  • Work closely with cross functional teams to identify and mitigate supplier quality and schedule risks.
  • Act as a liaison with suppliers and interdisciplinary functions with respect to quality and design issues
  • Lead reviews of requirements, processes and product held at supplier facilities
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills to influence design decisions and supplier selection
  • Audit production processes, raw materials, and or sub tier suppliers to ensure that established quality standards are met.  
  • Conduct root cause analysis for defects, non-conformities, or other quality and schedule issues that occur within the supply base. 
  • Identify and evaluate suppliers for inclusion into EBA&D Approved Supplier List .
  • Identify and institute improvement plans for suppliers utilizing lean tools and principles
  • Exhibit excellent business judgment required to work effectively to resolve supplier issues.
  • Manage suppliers from design initiation through product qualification
  • Support purchasing in negotiations of cost, lead times and delivery terms for development and production hardware   


The successful candidate must have a BS or MS in electrical engineering and knowledge of supply chain, AS9100 Quality Systems and IPC/J-Std specifications. 

  • A minimum of 5 years Electrical Manufacturing Experience associated with Printed Circuit board fabrication and Assembly  
  • Have broad experience in Quality System auditing.  
  • Experienced in Lean tools and Principles to drive continual improvement.

The candidate must be energetic and have excellent written and verbal communications skills.   Experienced operating in IPT’s and the ability to work independently are vital. Anticipated travel is 40% of the job duties  


Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company is an EO Employer-M/F/Veteran/ Disability.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected class.