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Supplier Quality Engineer

Universal Electric Corporation is seek a Supplier Quality Engineer. The Supplier Quality Engineer will support Universal Electric Corp. by effectively and proactively ensuring the highest possible quality levels for products, processes, and purchased components. This involves building strong relationships with the suppliers and review of supplier related processes such as qualification, development, integration, monitoring, and auditing.  This also includes leading or supporting teams focused on quality improvement events or cost reduction activities.

Essential Functions

  • Manages supplier relationships and works to improve “overall” supplier performance
  • Conduct supplier surveys, on site audits, and follow up audits, to qualify and assess supplier’s quality and manufacturing capabilities
  • Maintain and Analyze Key Performance Indicators and Cost of Poor Quality data to identify recurring trends and drive improvement actions to reduce internal and external failure costs
  • Monitors and communicates supplier performance for delivery, quality and cost management
  • Assist in investigations to determine root cause(s) of product defects including field and internal failures. Apply appropriate control plans to achieve problem containment, and then drive corrective and preventative actions to address the determined problem(s). Audit as required to verify effectiveness of actions
  • Drive Supplier actions to verify part and process quality at the Supplier’s location to reduce the need for incoming inspection activities at UEC Canonsburg
  • Researches potential Suppliers and/or Service Providers to meet sourcing requirements, as applicable
  • Develop and lead charters that define cost reductions, assess business impact, develop and implement sustainable solutions
  • Maintains Supplier Management processes (e.g. qualification, selection, evaluation, development, classification); update supplier evaluation systems to obtain and the best suppliers and ensure transparency
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in trade shows and educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations. Participate in special Kaizen projects, and internal functional committees, as assigned
  • Plans work and personal development goals, working in conjunction with manager as needed
  • Contributes to the implementation and ensure usage of globally defined methods, processes, and systems to ensure high process efficiency and process compliance

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Flexibility to adjust and thrive in an environment with changing requirements, schedules, and priorities for multiple projects and assignments
  • Displays team leadership capabilities, along with good presentation techniques.  Devises sampling procedures and designs and develops systems for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data. Develops and initiates standards and methods for inspection, testing, and evaluation
  • Self-driven and resourceful to achieve goals independently as well as work well in groups
  • Complex problem solving skills– ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Critical thinking skills – able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Well-developed communicates skills; able to clearly and concisely express information (or data) to associates, peers, and management

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 4 years Quality Engineering or Supplier Quality Engineering experience
  • 3-5 years of experience in an Engineer role preferably in an electronics or power systems environment
  • BS in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred or equivalent years of experience
  • Current ASQ CQA or CQE certification is highly desirable. RAB auditor accreditation preferred
  • Experience with mechanical and electrical systems, specifically in engineering design, metal fabrication, and drafting  
  • Experience working with suppliers, preferably in a supplier development role that includes audits, and reviews
  • MRP or ERP software experience required.   Infor Cloud preferred
  • Advanced in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to travel 15 – 20%

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements

  • Primary environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment as found in a typical office environment.
  • The performance of this position will require exposure to manufacturing areas where under certain areas require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and mandatory hearing protection as well as adhering to supplier site requirements.
  • Regularly  required to stand; walk and communicate with others
  • Ability to sit and stand for prolonged periods of time; ability to fly for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift and carry up to 50lbs

Note: The above Job Description is representative of the responsibilities and qualifications necessary to be successful in this role. It does not encompass every job duty or responsibility; other tasks may be assigned as necessary. Further the job description does not alter the at-will nature of employment with UEC and does not create a contract of employment.



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