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Supplier Quality Engineer - Strategic

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Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0004114
Date Posted: Nov 8, 2021
Segment: Industry
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Company Name: Sullair, LLC
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

Supplier Quality Engineer - Strategic 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, process 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.  They will also work with suppliers on implementation of lean manufacturing tools to improve overall performance of our supply base.

The position will be at the Sullair Michigan City manufacturing location.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Supplier Quality liaison to Global Supply Chain for supplier selection and qualification.
  • Participates in New Product Development (NPD) and Cost Reduction Projects responsible for successful supplier quality performance.
  • Conducts supplier quality audits of potential new suppliers and current suppliers: system, process and product.
  • Fully understands, interprets, and audits to ISO 9001:2015.
  • Assists supplier with PPAP submissions.  Completion of PPAP reviews at supplier facility.
  • Reviews FMEAs, Control Plans and other supplier documentation for adequacy.
  • Engagement with Sullair China on implementation of Global Supplier Quality System.
  • Responsible for implementation and maintenance of Supplier Quality Metrics.
    • Communicates supplier performance to the organization 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.
  • 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.).
  • Maintains approval status of active suppliers.
  • Up to 50% travel, including International.



B.S. in Engineering (Industrial, Mechanical, or Manufacturing Preferred).

Professional experience:

  • Experience in Auditing (CQA preferred).
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in Supplier Quality Assurance in a manufacturing setting.
  • Must have solid understand of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 management systems. Certification as Internal Auditor or Lead Assessor preferred.
  • 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.
  • ASQ Certifications Preferred – CQM, CQA, CSQP.
  • Expert in Lean and Six Sigma tool usage with hands-on experience.  SSBB/GB 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.

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s 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.

Sullair 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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