- Quality Assurance
- Six Sigma Certification
- Communication Skills
The primary process of the Supplier Quality Engineer is to investigate, analyze and resolve quality problems by conducting audits analyzing defect trends and leading continuous improvement projects. In addition, the SQE will be responsible for leading PPAP projects with the supplier to ensure that launch requirements are met in a timely manner.
Works closely with suppliers and corporate departments (Purchasing and Engineering).
Formulates and maintains quality objectives complementary to corporate policies and goals.
Plans and oversees the analysis, inspection, design, test, and/or integration to assure the quality of assigned product or component.
Documents data obtained during all quality assurance activities, consistent with company policies and procedures.
Conduct supplier on site process audits and confirm documentations including control plans, PFMEA, test analysis, and inspection data. Facilitates and Audits ISO9001/IATF16949 and Customer Specific requirements.
Performs quality engineering reviews for design documentation for compliance with stated requirements, including vendor quality manuals and company quality records.
Applies statistical process control (SPC) methods for analyzing data to evaluate the current process and process changes. Develops and initiates standards and methods for inspection, testing, and evaluation at the supplier.
Manage sourcing projects as assigned, responsible for on-time & within budget launches. Initiate requests and coordinate the PPAP /APQP requirements for each project.
Prepares reports to communicate involvement and results of quality assurance activities.
Prepares and presents technical and program information to team members and management.
Directs technical and administrative employees engaged in quality assurance activities.
Maintains a working knowledge of government and industry quality assurance codes and standards.
Develops new approaches to solve problems identified during quality activities.
Plays active role on quality management teams within organization.
Designs and implements quality training programs to key personnel in conjunction with managers.
Interprets quality philosophy to suppliers.
Establish root cause analysis and countermeasures with suppliers to quickly resolve plant/port quality issues including preventative actions and implementation.
Monitor supplier performance through indicators like PPM, Delivery counts, problem analysis, etc. in order to develop improvement strategies and corrective actions that effectively improve poor performing suppliers.
Communicates significant issues or developments identified during quality assurance activities and provides recommended process improvements to corporate team.
Knowledge of supplier scheduling, manufacturing processes, quality control standards, procedures and other management systems required.
Manage and successfully navigate through electronic data bases, software packages and logs (Minitab, SharePoint, CMS/MRP, Enterproj, Solidworks, Microsoft Office).
US and International travel as required (about 25%).
Required: Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of directly related experience or at least five years of supplier quality engineering experience.
CQT/CQE certification preferred.
ISO9001/IATF16949 Auditor Training.
Technical and quality certifications are a plus (GD&T, Six sigma, Lean, PFMEA, etc.)
Must have OEM Assembly plant launch experience for new program launches.
Familiar with DVP&R TEST PLANS and validation process.
Working Knowledge of OEM 8D/APQP/Prototype/PPAP requirements.
Proven ability to work with customers and suppliers in the fast paced automotive sector.
Working knowledge of an engineering change process.
Outstanding interpersonal communication skills (effective listening and interface with customers).
Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
High level of interpersonal skills and abilities to organize and conduct effective cross-functional team meetings.