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Supplier Quality Engineer

Job Details

Are you a highly motivated, able to think and work independently Supplier Quality Engineer?

Position Highlights:

  • Visibility – Professional will be involved with all aspects of the organization.  From the highest of decision makers to each vertical group, manufacturing, marketing, sales, finance, HR, etc.
  • Cutting Edge Manufacturing Environment: We produce over 80 different products in our vertically integrated manufacturing plant!
Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Analyze data and develop value added reporting graphics on supplier performance, trends, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply systematic techniques to conduct, analyze, and evaluate quality challenges. E.g. DOE, FMEA, GR&R, etc.
  • Participates as a team member to support and develop diversity, expertise, and stability
  • Facilitate implementation of elements of APQP with new and existing suppliers on projects
  • Drive quality and process improvements, such as quality agreements, quality specifications, in collaboration with Commodity Managers, Procurement Supply Chain, Purchasing, R&D and Internal Customers.
  • Conduct supplier audits as needed of supplier’s production locations and sub-tier suppliers to ensure the supplier has the quality and production capabilities to meet STIHL’s requirements and expectations.
  • Participate with internally assigned group tasks such as project management, APQP, Supplier Evaluation, Monthly reporting, etc.
  • Create, maintain, and document Quality Notifications to ensure they contain valued information and documented actions.
  • Participate in the assessment, release, and development of new and existing series suppliers.
  • Notifies and negotiates sorting and rework actions with suppliers to realize equitable solutions.
  • Contribute in the development and execution of inspection plans, testing methods, inspection rates, and inspection techniques
  • Champion the development of supplier quality improvement plans for the nominated supply chain.
  • Assist internal customers to identify, confirm, and address quality and design issues regarding purchased goods or services.
  • Work with internal teams to ensure the consistent application of specifications, functional, testing, and inspection requirements.
  • Determine disposition of reject goods or services; including developing and releasing sorting or rework criterion.
  • Lead supplier actions to ensure objectives are sustainable, and completed in a timely manner.
  • Champion internal and external efforts to monitor, consider, and reduce cost of quality.
  • Participate in the creation, development, and implementation of local systems or controls.
  • Refers more complex problems to higher level SQE’s or supervisor.
  • Assume additional related responsibilities as assigned or as needed.
  • Bachelor's of Science degree required; emphasis in mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, or quality engineering preferred
  • ASQ CQA certification preferred
  • 4+ years demonstrated experience in supplier quality engineering required; with emphasis on quality principles and methods
  • 4+ years of experience working with international suppliers and quality standards.
  • Intermediate level in 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.
  • Intermediate level in using systematic techniques, quality tools, and methodologies. E.g. 5 WHY, 8D, APQP, FMEA, Control Plans, Process flow, etc.
  • Intermediate level in process control, APQP, PPAP, SPC, control plans, PFMEA, Cp & Cpk and GR&R studies
  • Intermediate level analytical skills (problem solver) with ability to diagnose root causes and influence sustainable actions
  • Intermediate level verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with domestic and international suppliers while assuming a lead role in activities.
  • Ability to act as a team player and work on most tasks independently or with some supervision.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally is required.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach