Strategic Supplier Development Manager


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. To 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
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing or Quality Engineering preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with purchasing activities leading cross-functional teams, and various production process used by component manufacturers.
  • Experience auditing and assessing production, corporate social responsibility, environmental, and quality capabilities according to international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO/TS16959, VDA, and ISO 14001.
  • Performs work under minimal supervision. Handles complex issues and problems and refers only the most complex issues to higher-level staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical Project Management skills. Ability to diagnose root causes and influence sustainable actions.
  • In depth knowledge of the various production process used by component manufacturers

Work Experience:  7+ years

Travel Requirements: 50% - 75%

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach