Kratos Defense

  • Sacramento, CA, United States

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS) is a mid-tier government contractor at the forefront of the Department of Defense's Third Offset Strategy. The Company is a leading technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution based business, addressing the United States and its allies' National Security priorities. Kratos' primary focus areas are unmanned systems, satellite communications, microwave electronics, cyber security/warfare, missile defense and combat systems. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 2,700 with a substantial number of the Company’s employees holding National Security Clearances. Virtually all of Kratos' work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos' primary end customers are National Security related agencies.

Kratos is guided by seasoned leadership with many years of collective experience working with the federal government, large government contractors and key agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and various branches of the military. Members of our management team have extensive experience growing businesses organically, as well as through acquisitions.

 Kratos maintains a number of key contract vehicles and task orders for the federal government. Kratos is widely recognized as a highly visible player among the leading government contractors for the quality of our work, our skilled professionals and technicians, as well as  our partnerships and long-term customer relationships.

Kratos recognizes the important contributions small businesses make in bringing forward innovation while creating job growth and sustaining our country’s economy. We believe that small businesses, including small disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone firms, as well as historically black colleges and universities/minority institutions bring forward agility and expertise to assist Kratos in supporting our customers and their missions.

Our collective experience and innovative ideas are vital to jointly building business while solving our customers’ requirements. Teaming with small businesses is fundamental to Kratos’ business objectives:

  • Maintain our competitive position as an industry leader
  • Grow our customer affinity
  • Contribute to the communities in which we live

This focus reinforces Kratos’ commitment to our customers, employees, shareholders, and communities, while helping small enterprises grow their business.

Working Together

Kratos combines technical know-how and deep domain knowledge to deliver solutions that support our customers’ missions. We seek small businesses that can provide complementary skills and niche-type offerings and possess:

  • Strong past performance
  • Technical certifications
  • Customer knowledge and intimacy
  • Commitment to ethics
  • Financial stability
  • Understanding of federal acquisition processes
  • Necessary industrial security clearance

Engaging Kratos

Almost all teaming and subcontracting activities are accomplished through active marketing well in advance of an opportunity being released for competition. Kratos typically will seek small business teammates well in advance of the release of an RFP. Small businesses interested in engaging Kratos need to articulate the following:

  • Unique capabilities relevant to a specific contract or RFP
  • Past performance that is relevant to a forthcoming RFP
  • Knowledge of a specific opportunity
  • Knowledge of customers and their needs

Kratos seeks to engage small businesses not only as a subcontractor, but will also work with select qualified small businesses in pursuing strategic small business set-asides where Kratos can bring strength to the team. Primarily, we seek companies that are committed to building long-term relationships.

Kratos is committed to maintaining its reputation as a company with the highest standards of business conduct. The Company requires its employees, agents, contractors and suppliers to behave in an ethical manner and to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. In support of this goal, Kratos has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer to oversee the Company’s Ethics and Compliance program, which includes:

  • Codes of conduct for employees, contractors and vendors
  • State-of-the-art, interactive compliance training
  • Periodic signed disclosures and certifications of key personnel
  • Monitoring of fraud hotline, with investigation and resolution of inquiries
  • Annual audit, reporting and updates

The Board of Directors of Kratos sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for stockholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.


Kratos Defense Sacramento, CA, USA
Sep 17, 2018
Full time
Job Description:   The Suplier Quality Engineer will design, develop, and execute quality assurance and control systems..  Uses expertise and judgment in implementing a wide variety of quality concepts, practices and procedures. Contributes to product and manufacturing process design, as well as the methods for verification and validation of product and deliverable systems and services to ensure adherence to company and customer requirements. Works towards the prevention and/or resolution of product and manufacturing process non-conformance.    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Quality Engineers.  Each level of Quality Engineer has additional duties and responsibilities listed.   Designs test and inspection methods used to identify defects and problems within the process Defines robust quality and inspection plans for programs or projects under guidance or using previous bodies of knowledge. Interprets design documents and specifications to extract and document the quality function deliverables. Reviews CMM or inspection data for the qualification of new product and production tooling. Performs first article inspections Participates in or leads continuous improvement projects to eliminate scrap and reduce rework operations Works with operations management to establish, implement and maintain the quality management system Interfaces with engineering design teams to drive changes for quality improvement During manufacturing process and product design reviews, ensures that related quality considerations are well defined and documented in quality and inspection plans. Participates in or leads root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action for process related concerns Supports and leads the Quality Inspectors to ensure that products and processes comply with the relevant requirements of the quality management system May conduct audits, including closing out audit findings, creating audit findings reports and determine proper corrective and preventative actions Analyzes customer complaints and other quality escapes, and drives corrective or preventative action in response Ensures timely resolution of Supplier Corrective Action Reports for assigned suppliers Manages assigned supplier(s) performance, including periodic audits Tracks and reports quality metrics and reports to management and customers Updates and maintains process control plans and FMEAs Defines inspection processes using knowledge of GD&T and inspection tooling/gauging concepts. Reviews and/or prepares documentation to support product/system delivery, including configuration and documentation verification. Participates and supports Material Review Boards (MRB) on assorted programs or projects as assigned. Dispositions discrepant materials as identified by internal departments or customers. Analyzes and reports on process performance with emphasis on critical to and cost of quality. Adheres to safety procedures. Maintains company quality documentation, including material, product and system acceptance test plans Responsible for coordinating assigned suppliers and verifying quality standards in accordance with established requirements, which includes, but is not limited to performing regular supplier audits to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and actively participating in strategic development based on quality control plans Serve as the liaison for assigned suppliers, suggest structural quality and process improvements, and collaborate with other engineers in a team environment Identifies technical problems with suppliers and assists with implementing Supplier Correction Action Reports (SCAR) Responsible for managing assign supplier scorecards, facilitating resolution of below standard scores and keeping Supply Chain informed of supplier scores   Quality Engineer I Works on projects of basic complexity under guidance and using little previously established bodies of knowledge. Prepares inspection plans based on drawing requirements, and compares manufacturing instructions per drawing requirements. Reviews and follows company processes related to assigned tasks, and presents completed tasks to assigned program Quality Engineer. Participates in Configuration Control Board (CCB) and Engineering Review Board (ERB), and closes out assigned actions. Participates in design reviews and prepares Inspection Plans (IPs) for program QE review. Reviews and updates Discrepancy Material Reports (DMRs) based on assigned actions.   Quality Engineer II Works on projects of medium complexity using previously established bodies of knowledge. Assists in definition of inspection tooling using knowledge of GD&T and inspection tooling/gauging concepts. Leads root cause analysis efforts and subsequently is responsible for developing and implementing robust effective corrective/preventative action plans. Perform as chair-person for Material Review Board (MRB) on assigned programs or projects. Manages assigned DMRs to ensure forms are complete prior to closure. Provides technical guidance to level I Quality Engineers and other QA staff. Supports and may participate on Configuration Control Board (CCB) and Engineering Review Board (ERB). Determines proper quality codes to assign in ERP system based on contract/ design requirements.   Quality Engineer III Works on projects of advanced complexity with little or no previously established bodies of   knowledge. Is a top level contributor providing technical quality leadership and guidance on complex projects. Leads root cause analysis efforts and subsequently is responsible for developing and implementing robust effective corrective/preventative action plans. Perform as chair-person for Material Review Board (MRB) on assigned programs or projects. Manages assigned DMRs to ensure forms are complete prior to closure. Assists in the development of managerial, financial and technical proposal volumes. Is voting member on Configuration Control Board (CCB) and Engineering Review Board (ERB). Designs and/or helps define inspection tooling using expertise in GD&T and inspection tooling/gauging concepts. Leads process improvement initiatives within quality and manufacturing. Provide technical guidance to level I-II Quality Engineers and other QA staff. Determines proper quality codes to assign in ERP system based on contract/ design requirements.     Other Job Functions Other duties may be assigned   SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:   None   KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:   Strong verbal and written communications skills Strong Microsoft Office Suite tools Strong relentless root cause analysis skills Must be a self-directed professional Must have related operations experience Ability to analyze data, measurements, and other information to reach accurate conclusions. Ability to think analytically and produce accurate analysis, while applying good judgment to conduct assigned responsibilities accurately and effectively. Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary Ability to adhere to workplace rules Proficient in MS Office. Proficient in root cause, corrective and preventive action programs. Knowledge of and ability to apply Statistical Process Control (SPC), Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), DOE Ability to read and interpret design drawings, schematics and military specifications Ability to close open actions and meet deadlines assigned   Additional Desirable Qualifications: ASQ Quality Engineer certification Familiarity and exposure to AS9100 and ISO systems Experience in a manufacturing environment Knowledge of gauging methodology and metrology Working understanding of assembly methods, fixtures, tooling, and fabrication methods Experience in Quality Assurance within the aerospace industry Manufacturing engineering experience. Demonstrated skills in statistical analysis, process control, and SPC development. Experience with composites Strong project management skills. Six Sigma certification   Experience and Skills:   EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Each successive level of Quality Engineer builds on the identified education and experience listed for the previous level(s) Quality Engineer.    Quality Engineer I Bachelors degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent experience.  1-3 years experience as Q.E. in manufacturing. Experience with quality systems ISO 9001 and SAE AS9100.   Quality Engineer II Bachelors degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent experience. 3-6 years experience as a Quality Engineer in a manufacturing environment. Experience with quality systems ISO 9001 and SAE AS9100   Quality Engineer III Bachelors degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent experience. 6-10+ years experience as a Quality Engineer in a manufacturing environment. Experience with quality systems ISO 9001 and SAE AS9100   WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Office and manufacturing environment Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key, phones) Ability to lift up to 25 pounds May be exposed to possible shop hazards including high noise level, high pressure equipment, chemicals, and shop traffic. Infrequent travel may be required.         Additional Information:   Job Level:    Mid Career (2+ years) Number of Openings:    1 Years of Experience:    At least 3 Years Level of Education:    BA/BS Starting Date :    ASAP