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Spirit AeroSystems Defense - Engineering Quality Assurance in Wichita, Kansas


Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.


Location: Wichita, KS (Onsite)

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develops processes, systems, and equipment that ensure the quality, reliability, and system safety of company or procured products and services

  • Provides quality system design and analysis review to validate the integrity of quality decisions that affect products and services

  • Analyzes contractual, product definition, and specification requirements for the development or modification of methods, procedures, and metrics needed to ensure that quality standards and practices are attained

  • Analyzes and provides material review dispositions for nonconforming materials, parts, and equipment

  • Performs scientific evaluations and analyses and processes audits

  • Tests and approves products, processes, equipment, and measurement systems

  • Ensures that resulting processes provide for configuration management

  • Participates in design and product reviews to ensure that producibility, inspect ability, reliability, safety, Quality System integrity, and business process management objectives are met

  • Performs such research as benchmarking to industry standards; analyzes and compiles performance reports and process control statistics to determine and improve process capability or product quality

  • Performs root cause analyses

  • Recommends and supports the implementation of corrective actions that are necessary to reduce or eliminate nonconformance to design specifications

  • Interfaces with company employees, suppliers, customers, and regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with contractual, company, and regulatory requirements

  • Develops and uses statistical methodologies to ensure that specified levels of safety, reliability, and process capability are achieved, maintained, or improved



  • 2+ years of related experience

  • Requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program

  • This position requires an active U.S. Security Clearance

  • Successful candidates must be able to secure Program access approval

  • A full spectrum leader with demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to:

  • Ensure Risk Management activities (APQP, DFMEA, PFMEA) are executed according to standards and procedures

  • Interface with and support DCMA activities including audits and Government Source Inspection (GSI)

  • Ensure program contract requirements are flowed down internally and to suppliers, ensures compliance with contract program, quality, organizational, and industry alert requirements

  • Experience representing Quality Assurance at different program reviews and review boards including Program Configuration Control Board (PCCB), Program Corrective Action Board (PCAB) and Material Review Board (MRB)

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of related experience (preferably in Aerospace or equivalent manufacturing industry)

  • Review and approve design documentation (Qualification Reports, Drawings, ATPs, BOMs, etc).

  • Ability to review and approve production documentation (assembly instructions, MOs and rework instructions)

  • Knowledge of:

  • Automated Manufacturing Systems (AMS)

  • RCAA tools like 8D, 5-Why Analysis, Casual Tree Analysis, and data analysis

  • Six Sigma, PFMEA, Control Plans, and SPC (within APQP / PPAP) would be an advantage

  • AS9100 as well as regulatory authority approval and certification requirements

  • Excellent communication and PowerPoint presentation skills

  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Packages – Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access

    Relocation assistance available to those who qualify

    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

    Kansas Tax Credit: Join Spirit AeroSystems’ Kansas team and you may be eligible for a $5,000 state of Kansas Aviation tax credit for up to five years. Click here for more information on the tax credit.