Supplier Development Engineer - Mechanical Components

Zipline, South San Francisco, CA

Lifesaving Deliveries by Drone

Zipline's mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Zipline designs and operates the world’s only autonomous drone delivery system at national scale. By delivering essential medical supplies on demand, we increase access while reducing waste and stock-outs.  We’ve completed over 12,000 commercial deliveries and 4,000 life-saving emergency deliveries. We’re expanding around the world, with a goal of serving 1% of the population of the planet in 2019. We are headquartered in Half Moon Bay, California.

We are looking for a supplier development engineer to own the transition from prototype to volume manufacturing by solving manufacturing issues and driving continuous improvement with suppliers. You will work closely with Zipline’s Mechanical Engineering, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing teams to perform root cause analysis and implement solutions with the suppliers while driving down cost and maintaining the highest production quality. This person will directly impact our ability to scale our life-saving service from tens to hundreds of millions of people.

In 1 month you’ll:
Gain a deep understanding of Zipline's current internal and external manufacturing capabilities, vehicle design/assembly, and inbound logistics system.
Audit current vendor process and quality both domestic and abroad

In 3 months you’ll:
Own the transition to higher volume contract manufacturers
Partner with Mechanical Engineering to reduce production cost on parts and provide rapid delivery with outstanding quality
Serve as liaison between CM’s and internal teams to ensure clear communications
Qualify new production vendors
Perform audits at potential suppliers to determine current status and potential for a strategic partnership.

In 6 months you’ll:
Create a robust vendor / process certification methodology that ensure quality is built into our parts and processes
Guide vendors through cost reduction and quality improvements.
When parts need re-qualification you will own test development, execution, or delegation to specialist/original designer

Must be eligible to work in the US

**Must be able to travel 50% of the time**
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply! 

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, favorite ice cream flavor, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities

About Zipline

More than two billion people lack adequate access to essential medical products, such as blood and vaccines, due to challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure. Zipline improves access to these supplies by flying over impassable mountains and washed-out roads, delivering directly to remote clinics. We centralize supply and provide on-demand deliveries, completely reducing waste and stock-outs. Zipline provides a seamless delivery system at an affordable price, obsessing over every detail, so you can focus on patient health.

Want to learn more about Zipline? Visit Zipline's website.