Working with Safran Aircraft Engines

Supplier Relationship

3 core values

The quality of our supplier relations is a key to the competitiveness of Safran Aircraft Engines, which depends on the service quality delivered by our suppliers. We aim for long-term relations, and in fact, many of our suppliers have worked with us for decades. To ensure a healthy, sustainable and effective relationship, we have defined three fundamental values.

  1. Trust
    Given the long-term industrial context, it is essential to share the same vision and establish a relationship of mutual trust.
  2. Respect
    The life of an engine program and its business aspects are a constant fight against competitors. The different stakeholders must respect each other to ensure a sustainable relationship.
  3. Competitiveness: Safran Aircraft Engines works with only the best to make the highest performance engines in the world. By "best", we mean not only daily, sustainable performance, but also determination.

These values are concretized through the Responsible Supplier Relations label, which attests that Safran Group develops a sustainable and balanced relationship with its suppliers.


Purchasing general terms and conditions

The general terms & conditions applied in other countries may be requested from Safran's purchasing department.
Requirement guidelines and the industrial validation process (IVP) are also available on request from the purchasing department at each Group company.


Supplier quality

The quality of our products is at the heart of our concerns and those of aircraft manufacturing and airline customers to meet their expectations Safran Aircraft Engines implements a strategy of top-flight quality and excellence, that is also applied to our suppliers. Their commitment to meeting the defined objectives is essential. Suppliers are responsible for their quality performance every step of the way.

  1. During the development phase, they must oversee robust production engineering.
  2. During the production phase, whether for new equipment or repairs, they have to measure their performance and undertake the improvements needed to meet performance expectations.Safran Aircraft Engines supports the implementation of improvement actions at its suppliers to achieve industrial excellence. Therefore, Safran Aircraft Engines' Supplier Quality Assurance departments and Supplier Performance Managers ensure that all relevant methods, processes and tools are known and applied by suppliers to meet these goals. Safran Aircraft Engines measures and objectively analyzes the quality results achieved by its suppliers, addresses major risks and, if needed, helps set up improvement measures.​
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A Simplified requirement guidelines

  • Since September 2017, SAFe 2017 is the last supplier requirement guidelines. It reduces the number of requirements and clarifies them, and is based on international standards. 
  • Along with IAQG (Aerospace Engines Supplier Quality), Safran Aircraft Engines is an active participant in AESQ, which aims to standardize supplier requirements in the engine-maker community. One upshot of this effort is the coordinated deployment of AS13xxx standards.




Problem Solving Requirements for Suppliers


Supplier Self Release Training Requirements


Requirements for Developing and Qualifying Alternate Inspection Frequency Plans


Measurement Systems Analysis Requirements for the Aero Engine Supply Chain


Process Risk Identification, Prevention & Mitigation - AMDEC / PFMEA


A better coordination 
At the same time, Safran Aircraft Engines is working on a better coordination: monitoring plans, requirements and tools.


Training programs
Safran Aircraft Engines focuses on moving staff up the skills chain by offering training programs in the following areas:
for person in charge of the Product Release Verification prior to delivery : DPRV certification training course is provided by a single body, SAE International; it's a three-day session, which must be paid for. It is recognized by all engine-makers (as per AS13001). DPRV managers are Safran Aircraft Engines'  representatives at suppliers, in charge of releasing articles prior to delivery 


Managers at Safran Aircraft Engines suppliers (quality, customer/prod. project managers) are offered a one-day Managers training, which seeks to explain what Safran Aircraft Engines expects from an operational standpoint.
All suppliers, in particular suppliers on the LEAP program, are strongly encouraged to take this training, 8 sessions of 1,5 days are organized every year in France, Asia, USA.


A joint improvement initiative

Based on a maturity evaluation and risk analysis, Safran Aircraft Engines offers to help suppliers deploy various improvement actions, including the following:

  • Customer viewpoint (Snecma and airframers)
  • Human factors
  • QRQC (Quick Response Quality Control)
  • Lean/Sigma projects
  • Quality waivers
  • Statistical sampling at the source
  • PPAP
  • Etc.
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