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Strategic Supplier Development Leader


Are you a high performing individual who possesses a passion for manufacturing and supplier quality?  If so, we have a great opportunity!


STIHL is seeking a Strategic Supplier Development Leader to ensure positive on-boarding experiences with suppliers, develop the existing supply base on a project basis and promote a culture of quality within the purchasing department. This individual will use advance quality and project management tools to systematically improve the supplier launch experience, overall quality and on-time delivery while ensuring a team (i.e. PPQ) approach and reducing defects, disruptions and cost (Pricing and CoQ).

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Partners with suppliers’ leaders and internal team members to improve supplier capability.
  • Develops on-boarding processes for new supplier and systematic tools to identify ‘at risk’ suppliers for selection development projects.
  • Leads / coaches cross-functional teams on selected development projects and mentors PPQ team members to develop a culture of quality, delivery and overall cost reduction.
  • Performs assessments of new supplier’s capability to meet STIHL’s requirements and maintain sustainable performance including review of capacities.
  • Promotes strategic approaches in supplier selection and problem solving.
  • Works with suppliers to develop action plans to close gaps between current and expected performance.
  • Conducts in-house and on-site training and coaching with suppliers and internal team members.
  • Develops key processes outlining the purpose and direction of Supplier Development.
  • Establishes key performance indicators for development projects and new supplier launches.
  • Coach and Mentor team members to develop a strong culture of quality. Coordinates the supplier release planning activities with the SQE and Purchasing team    
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Supply chain or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE, or CQA certification preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in supplier quality management with emphasis on quality principles and methods preferred
  • Experience with purchasing activities leading cross-functional teams, and various production process used by component manufacturers

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach