Manage the performance of the supply base through all phases of a product life cycle by developing, implementing and maintaining systems to assure supplier component designs and manufacturing processes meet Company and customer-specific requirements.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Complete accurate quality audits for selection of potential new suppliers according to AIAG/VDA standards and report results to Purchasing & Quality departments.
Assist the purchasing department in sourcing suppliers for new program launches by conducting thorough release audits according to AIAG/VDA standards and report results to program team and management personnel.
Lead APQP for responsible high and medium risk single components: lead effective meetings from design reviews, special characteristic identification, gage concepts, FMEA/Control Plan buyoffs, support tracking tool progress, establish PPAP milestones and timing, and assist program Quality Engineer to ensure compliance of customer-specific requirements.
Develop, track and maintain supplier quality APQP information for all responsible commodity/single components and report status to program & management personnel.
Ensure suppliers provide required documentation that confirms conformance to engineering requirements during prototype and pre-series build events.
Assist Logistics planning with defining suitable packaging for high and medium risk single components.
Properly and punctually maintain all Company systems including SAP and Supplier Portal information.
Perform incoming inspection buy-offs during prototype and pre-series build events.
Manage, track and drive closure of deviations for suppliers/single components which do not conform to engineering and/or customer requirements.
Conduct Level 5 PPAPs for high risk suppliers/parts and Level 3 PPAPs for medium and low risk suppliers during new product launches.
Assist purchasing department in assuring suppliers can meet required capacities by completing onsite run at rates.
Lead effective Launch Readiness Reviews for medium and high risk suppliers.
Manage the interface with suppliers in series phase for responsible commodities (including tier 2, key tier 3 and beyond suppliers) for resolution of non-conformances of material and/or customer specific requirements through issuance, processing, and resolution to them using 8-Discipline approach.
Drive continuous improvement activities to improve Company scorecard metrics of supplier performance during series program phase.
Other Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Effectively work with corporate teams to satisfy customer and internal requirements.
Perform problem solving and root cause analysis.
Escalate all issues to manager which may prohibit adherence to these responsibilities.
Follow all corporate procedures, processes, work instructions, guidelines, etc.
Understand, utilize, develop, implement, maintain, and follow all quality system procedures, processes, work instructions, guidelines, forms, etc.
Participate in quality system audits.
Understand the processes used by other departments within Company and the customer.
Other duties as assigned.
Use disposable items to their intended life span.
Minimize expenditures through efficient use of manpower, materials, maintenance, and equipment.
Have good business sense and be cost conscious.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Business or equivalent technical degree is preferred.
5+ years of supplier quality experience in an automotive environment is required.
Experience working in a Tier 1 environment is preferred.
The ability to work independently is required.
The ability communicate with multiple cross functional departments is required.
Greenbelt and SAP experience is preferred.
Background in corrective actions (8-D’s, 7 Steps, Drill Deep & Wide, etc.), PPAP, APQP, GD&T, blueprint reading, ISO/TS elements, and SPC is required.
Quality systems auditing experience is required.
Must possess and retain a valid driver’s license.
Experience with Designed Experiments is preferred.
Excellent presentation and facilitation skills through well-developed interpersonal, organizational and communication skills are required.
Fast paced Automotive Manufacturing & Engineering Team environment. Travel is required as much as 80% on short notice.