Senior SQA Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 16/08/2024

Job Description

Job Description

·       As a Senior NPI Parts/Supplier Quality Engineer you will be responsible for the quality of purchase parts, from concept to series production for the suppliers and projects you are assigned. Working alone, as part of a team or leading a small team on designated projects, traveling in the UK and overseas your key objectives will include:

·       Auditing suppliers and contributing to the nomination process

·       Supplier Quality Assurance activities within the supply chain including: APQP, PPAP, and surveillance visits leading to series launch

·       Creating and managing customer quality requirements that can be cascaded to the supply chain.

·       Generating goods receiving inspection documents for pre-production and production phases

·       Series process and part approval at product launch

·       Working closely with procurement, design, and system engineers to achieve parts that are cost effective, fit for purpose and to the required quality standard.

·       Proactive & reactive supplier improvement activities, including problem resolution of parts quality issues using 8D and other automotive industry tools.

·       Management of supplier quality performance, including verification and implementation of corrective actions in the pre-series phase

·       Managing the parts quality implications of product and process changes

·       Reporting status against project targets internally and customer facing

·       Supervising and coaching of the SQA Engineering team also deployed on these projects.

·       Actively participating in continuous improvement by developing and introducing new quality focussed processes and procedures to Ricardo


Relevant Experience and Personal Attributes

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


·       Achieving PPAP

·       Experience with various manufacturing processes and components (e.g. casting, machining, moulding, assembly, fabrications) and measurement techniques

·       Experience and understanding of geometric design & tolerancing.

·       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 together with the ability to communicate and present effectively to suppliers and clients at all levels.

·       Experienced user of Microsoft office

·       Tenacity, resilience, and focus

·       Flexibility to support regular travel to suppliers/customers domestic & internationally (including EU and USA) and holder of a driving licence.

·       Engineering degree or equivalent experience



·       Knowledge of automotive technology and product development

·       Lead Auditor trained to ISO 9001 and or IATF 16949

·       Knowledge of IATF 16949

·       Hands-on experience of lean manufacturing & six sigma

·       Demonstrates the highest integrity and ethical values in dealing with clients, suppliers, and colleagues.

·       Ability to self-manage and demonstrate resilience/robustness when working to challenging targets

NB:  All applications must be accompanied by a covering letter detailing how your skill and experience match this role. Ricardo is an equal opportunities employer. To register your interest in discussing this opportunity further please get in touch at