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Supplier Quality Engineer

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0044921
Date Posted: Feb 26, 2024
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

Looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Supplier Quality Engineer who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of tasks from administrative to tactical to strategic.

Supplier Quality Engineer is responsible for establishing and maintaining a professional proactive relationship between the organization and the quality department for each supplier.  This person will be the lead for supplier system, product, and product approvals.  In addition, this person will be responsible for working with key suppliers on obtaining complete problem resolution with the goal of zero defects through continuously improving the suppliers’ internal processes. 

The position will be located on-site in Michigan City, Indiana.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Participates in Supplier Transitions, New Product Development (NPD) and Cost Reduction Projects with responsibility for successful supplier quality performance.
  • Conducts supplier quality audits of potential new suppliers and current suppliers: system, process and product.
  • Approval of supplier PPAP submissions.  Completion of PPAP reviews at supplier facility.
    • Verification of dimensional and material / test certifications.
    • Reviews FMEAs, Control Plans and other supplier documentation for adequacy.
  • Responsible for implementation and maintenance of Supplier Quality Metrics.
    • Communicates supplier performance to the organization and supply chain base by maintaining supplier quality performance data and metrics.
  • Executes a supplier improvement strategy for the organization.
  • Measures and drives supplier performance improvements for using applicable quality and continuous improvement tools.
    • Works with supplier on process evaluation and continuous improvement.
    • Drives communication with supplier to improve process capability of supplied products.
    • Leads team with Supply Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supplier on root cause analysis for quality issues on purchased products.
  • Trains and mentor suppliers on core Quality Tools: PFMEA, Control Plan, PPAP Submission, RRCA , etc.
  • Executes improvement and maintenance plans for Supplier Quality processes and documents (Supplier Quality Manual, Supplier Assessment, Process Audits, Corrective Action Process, Supplier Assessment Surveillance, etc.).
  • Travel to assigned suppliers, as necessary (domestic and international). Up to 50% travel.



•             Bachelor’s Degree in related field (Engineering or Technical Field is preferred).

•             Six Sigma and/or ASQ Certifications are preferred.

Professional experience:

  • Must have solid understand of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 management systems. Certification as Internal Auditor or Lead Assessor preferred.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in Supplier Quality Assurance in a manufacturing setting.
  • Experience in Advanced Quality Planning including familiarity with the AIAG Advanced Quality Planning and Control Plan, FMEAs, PPAPs, MSA and Statistical Process Control (SPC) standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with suppliers to resolve problems using Root Cause Corrective Actions (RCCA) tools.
  • Experience with working with corporate and small family-owned suppliers utilizing the appropriate methodologies for RRCA and Continuous Improvement tools and developing/maintaining supplier partnerships.
  • ASQ Certifications Preferred – CQA, CQE,CQM, CSQP.
  • Knowledge and experience with Continuous Improvement Methodologies (6 Sigma, Lean Mfg. etc.)
    • Green Belt/Six Sigma Black Belt certification – a plus.
  • Experience in SAP – a plus.

Key behaviors:

  • Ability to think critically, anticipating/recognizing problems and resolving in a timely manner.
  • Ability to lead both internal and supplier cross functional teams.

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Hitachi Global Air Power US Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Hitachi Global Air Power US is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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