Lead Supplier Development Engineer
QuEST Global
Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
3d ago

Job Description

Would you jump at the chance to investigate and improve the supply base challenges of today in the Aerospace & Defence, Industrial and other major industry fields with the support network of experienced leadership behind you?

Have you been waiting for a chance to apply your engineering know-how to come up with innovative solutions to engineering and supply chain problems?

If you are fatigued with bureaucracy, and monotonous CAD keystrokes, come and be part of our Supply Chain Solutions team.

Our goal is to become the most recognized and trusted global engineering partner for our customers Fortune 500 companies in the Aerospace, Medical Devices, Oil & Gas, Power, and Transportation industries.

We know we can find solutions to their most important technical and business challenges they encounter. We aren’t consultants.

We help them make their products the most competitive in the world and that’s how we’ve grown to over 11,000 problem solvers from 50 centres around the world.

We aspire to be a 100-year company, which doesn’t mean staid and boring, but rather, we evolve and adapt to create the frontier of the engineering services industry.

We are a growing, new team with ambition and excitement. Experienced managers in Delivery will be supporting you and the new team to manage the work and deliverables.

You will have help, but this is a place to innovate. You will have new customers, and are encouraged to design new solutions to engineering challenges.

You are empowered to make decisions, but with support from your leadership when you need it.The successful candidate is expected to evaluate, implement and deliver supply chain solutions.

The supply chain solutions we offer target all major original equipment manufacturers. In addition, you will be the face of QuEST to your customers.

Listen to customer’s problems, and build on the experiences you have personally had, then develop innovative ways to solve their engineering problems.

We just crossed the 21-year mark, and despite remarkable growth, we have maintained a culture of empowerment at all levels what we call intrapreneurial.

You will be part of the decision making to drive continuous improvements so we can stay happy and healthy as a business in a challenging industry.

Not everyone is a great fit. We will throw you into the deep end (with lots of support), but if you want to swim, you have much opportunity.

We’re not a place where laziness, ego, or rigid thinking fit in, and that’s intentional. You can do more at this company than you can in twice the time anywhere else.

We accelerate success; you control the throttle and hold the yoke.

Essential Job Functions :

  • Evaluate work of others and / or conduct work, at an advanced level. Provide technical insight to analyse supplier risks and opportunities
  • Audit and develop suppliers to reduce cost / lead time, increase capacity and ensure process conformance.
  • Drive supplier production readiness assessment and quality improvement at each supplier by using diagnostic tools such as : Supplier Health Assessment (SHA), Supplier Readiness Assessment (SRA), Supplier Surveillance, Zero Defect Plan (ZDP), and other tools as needed
  • Lead process improvements and define financial savings calculation and validation
  • Facilitate and lead cross-functional teams to achieve Kaizen objectives
  • Document current processes and propose improved processes through Charters, Value Stream Maps (VSM), and problem solving tools.
  • Standardize processes across supplier value streams, developing Standard Operating Procedures, standard work elements, 5S activities, displaying manufacturing Key Process Indicators (KPIs) across facility
  • Manage and use project management tools to plan and track product / production transition and readiness from supplier / OEM to supplier start with risk assessment, transfer (tangible / intangible) inputs through process qualification at new supplier.
  • Conduct and validate production readiness and eliminate any risks that will prevent suppliers from meeting performance targets;
  • Maintain supplier capability road map (ready now, ready soon, ready later)

  • Identify Root-Cause and Corrective-Action (RCCA), process non-conformances / monitor part containment / confirm supplier’s Root Cause-Corrective Actions investigations, Gemba Walk with purpose of developing continuous improvement of suppliers’ quality, cycle, and delivery performance.
  • Deliver training related to Lean Six Sigma principles, methods and tools.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Potential Additional Responsibilities :

  • Support project management and program management to quote and close work packages.
  • Develop work instructions to implement best practices / lessons learned and ensure repeatability
  • Participate in technical reviews within your knowledge base
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects of various diverse scope. Escalate issues when needed in a timely manner.
  • Ability to influence without authority to drive quality and speed to meet commitment dates
  • Work closely with QuEST and customer personnel to understand pain points and high visibility issues
  • Utilize SMEs on cross-functional teams throughout NA (i.e. manufacturing experts in castings, brazing etc., Quality Engineers, Procurement specialists, etc.
  • to identify, escalate and / or provide corrective action solutions.

    Specialized Knowledge / Skills :

  • Ability to apply lean management principles, problem solving skills, tools, and techniques; A3, PDCA, VSM, Standard work, SMED, TPM, 5S-Visual Factory, Daily Management System, Cell Design.
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret engineering prints, drawings, and layouts.
  • Technical background in component assembly, machining, castings, forgings or other advanced manufacturing operations.
  • Advanced understanding of capacity modelling, time-studies, balance workload
  • Experience with quality systems and / or industry standards compliance
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office Skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization to drive changes, resolve issues, and understand risk to compliance and the business.
  • Identify supplier risk, sensing risk, making sure supplier parts are producible and supplier has capacity.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with effective documentation management skills
  • Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is equivalent experience is desired.
  • 5+ years working experience in manufacturing working as manufacturing engineer, industrial engineer, or production supervisor applying Lean manufacturing and problem solving tools with a continued proven track record of performance achievement, and growth with increased level of responsibility in an operations environment
  • Lean / Six Sigma Green belt certification required. Black Belt certification, preferred.
  • Experience training and coaching others in problem solving methodologies
  • DISCLAIMER : Due to the nature of work candidates should be UK citizen / EU Citizen / Valid work permit holder. For further information contact us on :

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