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Supplier Development Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • Leamington Spa

  • Closing Date
  • 26/07/2019

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for someone wishing to apply their quality engineering experience and knowledge in a dynamic hands-on manufacturing environment, producing world class products across a range of projects.

Position overview

The successful candidate will be rewarded with the opportunity to be a key member of a team with a broad remit to support supply chain improvement activities across numerous projects within the Performance Products division of Ricardo.  As a Supplier Development Engineer you will be responsible for the quality of purchased parts from concept to series production from the suppliers and projects you are assigned. Working alone or leading a small team on designated projects your key objectives will include:

  • Driving performance improvement across a broad scope of suppliers. Monitoring performance effectively and reporting activities/results
  • Identifying and delivering cost saving initiatives based on improved productivity and processes within the supply chain
  • Management of supplier quality performance, including verification and implementation of corrective actions throughout prototype and production phases
  • Support and deliver outsourcing activities from our in-house manufacturing capability to an external supply chain. Project management of such activities including delivery of strict timing plans will be essential
  • Supplier identification and approval in conjunction with the Procurement function
  • Supplier Quality Assurance activities within the supply chain including: APQP, PPAP, IMDS, Supplier assessment audit, surveillance visits
  • Supporting/generating goods receiving inspection documents as well as supplier control plans and inspection criteria
  • Working closely with procurement, design and system engineers to ensure parts are designed for manufacture and commercially optimized
  • Problem resolution of parts quality issues working with suppliers using 8D and other automotive industry tools
  • Managing the parts quality implications of product and process changes
  • Reporting status against project targets
  • Proactive & reactive supplier improvement activities ensuring decisions are made to be sustainable and repeatable utilizing knowledge of Lean/Kaizen/VA-VE tools and practices to achieve business objectives.
  • Management of ‘dock to stock’ strategy to eliminate in-house inspection requirements
  • Appropriately manage RISK within the supply chain working with the procurement function to minimise wherever possible.
  • Facilitate the adherence to internal supplier quality processes and tools.

Relevant Experience and Personal Attributes

Experience of NPI and/or Supplier Quality Assurance or a similar role where skills can be transferred into the supply chain. Preferably within automotive sector but other industries would be considered.

  • Some knowledge of automotive technology and product development
  • Experience with various manufacturing processes
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Experience of quality systems, quality tools & techniques
  • The ability to work as a team or on your own and be self-motivated.
  • A good communicator with intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to communicate and present effectively to suppliers and clients at all levels
  • Knowledge of IATF 16949
  • Tenacity, resilience and focus
  • Engineering degree or equivalent experience

This role involves regular travel to suppliers domestically and internationally.

NB:  All applications must be accompanied by a covering letter detailing how your skill and experience match this role.