Supplier Development Engineer / Supplier Quality Engineer

  • Engineering
  • Plymouth

Job Information

Salary :

£40K to £45K DOE

No. of Openings :

1 opening

Job Type :


Job Description

Experienced Supplier Development Engineer / Supplier Quality Engineer required to provide technical expertise and leadership to our client’s supply base in the execution of supplier sourcing, evaluation and selection, and leading a robust supplier development plan to maximise Quality, Cost, Logistics, Delivery, and Management. The successful candidate will be required to ensure that suppliers can meet corporate and business unit requirements for customer expectations for quality, cost, and delivery of purchased material. You will be required to provide on-site assistance & leadership to our client’s supply base in the execution of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), the implementation of process control and the deployment of continuous quality improvement processes. This is an excellent opportunity to work for a global manufacturer who puts Quality and Innovation and the fore front of their ethos.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working collaboratively, support the execution of category and product sourcing strategy for all company production parts.
  • Perform Supplier process audits, including assessments of potential new suppliers.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of technological developments and trends for guidance in advancements of design, quality, and manufacturing.
  • Provide technical leadership in new supplier selection and technical support to suppliers during start-up activities.
  • Develop and maintain a company Supplier Quality Excellence Programme.
  • Evaluate supplier’s capabilities to meet requirements for company Supplier Quality Excellence Program.
  • Participating in Supplier Performance Management Reviews (SPM).
  • Develop a deep understanding of the global supply base and become a trusted advisor to internal customers
  • Continuously review company supply chain capacity and be responsible for supplier strategic capability to meet business growth.
  • Collaborate with the product Buyer on supplier’s relationship management.
  • Deployment and monitoring of continuous quality improvement processes for new and existing suppliers worldwide ensuring that suppliers reach required quality levels for audit approval and quality of purchased material.
  • Coordinate with engineering personnel on matters regarding Concurrent Product and Process Development (CPPD), New Product Introduction (NPI), Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) teams, prove design to production, engineering changes, deviations, supplier designs, specification approvals, and meeting cost reduction goals.
  • Assist suppliers with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities from design concept to the end of product life (cradle to grave) to ensure production readiness for New Product Introduction (NPI).
  • Participating in process FMEA for suppliers manufacturing processes including auditing overall supplier capability and process control implementation and effectiveness to validate process capability.
  • Assuring production readiness through rigorous review of supplier PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) submission and ensuring PPAP completion and approval prior to delivery of new parts.
  • Monitoring of supplier adherence to Process Change Notification (PCN) (for changes driven by Supplier and company on a timely and cost-effective basis

Essential Experience, Qualifications & Candidate Attributes Required:

  • Degree in Engineering coupled with a minimum of 5years experience working as a Supplier Quality Engineer or Supplier Development Engineer. Relevant experience as a Supplier Quality Engineer or Supplier Development Engineer will be considered in the absence of a qualification.
  • Knowledge of quality manufacturing systems including a sound knowledge and experience of APQP, including the PPAP process. Strong knowledge of and experience in deploying Lean and Built in Quality processes. Six Sigma certified or having knowledge of Six Sigma tools and techniques.
  • Application of best practice experience within Manufacturing, Industrial, Automotive, or Aerospace industries, including experience working with suppliers. Also having a familiarity with manufacturing processes used to produce components and assemblies, particularly for castings, forgings and heat treatment.
  • Experience of working with CNC machining (milling and turning) coupled with Material metallurgical experience and a Sound knowledge of Measurement techniques / Knowledge of tool design.
  • Strong leadership, inspiring others to follow through example, coaching, setting direction and performance standards, influencing, motivation and management skills with a proven track record of networking and influencing both internally and externally.
  • Concise and influential communicator with the ability to discuss complex issues with clarity and credibility to a cross functional audience of varied experience enabling effective decision making.
  • Have a Strategic sourcing mindset, making balanced recommendations for delivering successful strategic projects and implementing complex change
  • Understands the customer requirements in terms of the categories of spend. Always seeking to improve quality and service for our internal/external stakeholders
  • Works with colleagues to do what is best for the Company as a whole, ahead of divisional, department or personal goals

If you are an experienced Supplier Development Engineer or Supplier Quality Engineer & have the relevant skills / experience listed above & are seeking a new challenge, then please submit an up to date CV by using the ‘apply’ button below.

For an informal chat please phone 01752 252533 and ask for Samantha Luxton. Many thanks for your interest.