SQE Supplier Quality Engineer (m/f)

Sveta Nedelja, Croatia


Supplier Quality Engineer insures that the supply chain companies continually develop their process in line with the design intent of the customer and verify their systems to ensure they are compliant with the end customer’s needs. This includes on-going supply chain company verification. Support the Supplier Quality Manager responsible for delivering all aspects of the Supplier Quality Assurance function. Work in a team environment with suppliers to develop and implement best practices that emphasise defect prevention, reduction in variation and waste and provide for continuous improvements in meeting all customer requirements. Collect root cause analysis and provide corrective feedback to prevent line stops due to supply issues.  Work reviewed at project milestones and/or on completion by Senior Management.


General and Task Management:

Carry out supplier validation audits, with supplier support and supplier advanced product quality planning (APQP).

Work with Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements

Lead the supplier approval process by assessing manufacturing/technology capabilities and Health, Safety and Environmental risks

Support new product launches to ensure that supplier quality meets the required standards

Facilitate root cause analysis and corrective actions of supplier quality issues

Perform on-site supplier visits for root cause analysis and verification of correction actions of supplier quality issues

Collate and evaluate supplier quality data to identify process improvement opportunities within the supply chain

Work with the supplier directly, create correction action plans to address process failures

Review supplier manufacturing processes, collaborate with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities

Promote the use of customer preferred techniques for continuous improvement such as Lean, Six-Sigma, Poka-Yoke (Error Proofing), Measurement System Analysis, and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA)

Provide concise, complete and accurate documentation of inspection results relative to area of responsibility. In appropriate functional areas, this refers to supporting inspection and test status requirements defined by regulations, engineering product specifications or Control Plans, Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) approval or product warrant submission

Facilitate the escalation of unresolved supplier quality issues within assigned projects and suppliers

Support the Quality Manager to monitor and report on supplier product quality and performance

Deliver training of quality awareness

Report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to adhere to process and prevent occurrence of any non-conformity relating to product, process or system

Participate in cross-functional teams in the development of new products or changes related to current products in meeting customer requirements

Manage and coordinate supplier Parts Per Million (PPM), supplier problem solving on time, cost recovery and supplier warranty indicators

Lead quality audits

Support and lead process improvement activities at the supplier

Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients

Achieve goals within budget

Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends

Plan projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented

Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions

Produce written reports and make presentations

Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact

Undertake personal continuous training and development

Support technicians and engineers

Train people within own work group Relationship Management

Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance

Diplomatic approach to relationships


Qualifications and Experience Levels:

Master degree preferred- Technical Engineering

Substantial experience in a high volume manufacturing environment, preferably automotive

Experience of working in Quality Assurance

Experience of Supplier quality development

Lean skills

Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers

Membership of appropriate professional body


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