We are seeking a seasoned Supplier Quality Engineer to join our product quality engineering team. The Supplier Quality Engineer will provide supplier quality expertise across the company’s expanding product portfolio and supply chain.
Principal Responsibilities :
•Responsible for the overall Supplier (Suppliers and Contract Manufacturers) Quality for Vascular Solutions.
•Create and maintain strong relationships and effective lines of communication with Suppliers.
•Develop partnerships with Supply Chain, R&D, Design Assurance, and Manufacturing groups.
•Lead the investigation, resolution, and prevention of supplied component nonconformances.
•Trend data, identify improvement projects, and work with the Manufacturing organization, Supply Chain, and Suppliers to implement improvements in components (increase capability, reduce scrap, improve/repair processes, etc.) and supplier performance.
•Initiate and follow-up Supplier Corrective Actions (SCARs) in partnership with impacted cross-functional groups to ensure complete and effective root cause analysis and corrective action implementation.
•Perform periodic audits of Supplier quality systems to assure continued Supplier conformance to the quality system requirements.
•Manage, review, and approve Supplier change requests and partner with Sustaining Engineering, Regulatory, and Supply Chain to develop and implement appropriate strategies to support qualification through the change approval process.
•Recommend and drive continuous improvements in the Supplier Quality organization, to improve the related systems and processes in Vascular Solutions.
•Prepare and negotiate Quality Agreements with Suppliers.
•Participate in the selection of new and existing suppliers for products in development.
•Assess potential new Suppliers for technical, quality, and manufacturing capabilities. Provide technical support for the introduction of components from a new Supplier.
•Lead cross-functional projects with concise and clear plans that consistently hit project milestones, as well as develop strong contingency plans as part of the project planning process.
Education / Experience Requirements :
• BA/BS in Engineering or physical sciences
•5 years of related experience
Specialized Skills / Other Requirements:
•Self-starter with the ability to quickly learn about new processes, projects, and requirements.
•Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.
•Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write technical reports / presentations and to negotiate Supplier Quality Agreements.
•Solid organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
•Critical thinker with analytical problem-solving skills, able to resolve quality-related issues in a timely and effective manner.
•Knowledge of quality-related tools including, but not limited to, SPC, DOE, TMV, and Quality Systems.
•Experience with various process-improvement methodologies, such as Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.