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Supplier Quality Engineer - NC #2679

Company Name:
Absolute Opportunities Test
Supplier Quality Engineer - NC #2679
Relocation Yes
Location Thomasville NC
Worldwide manufacturing company with operations in North Carolina. The strength of the organization is a focus on continuous innovation and investments in both product and technological developments.
Primary Objective: Responsible for the oversight and continual improvement of the incoming materials quality system. Regularly interacts with suppliers to ensure quality, qualify new material, and improve mutual efficiencies. Gathers, analyzes, and reports data in pursuit of a best-in-class supplier scorecard system. Assists in sourcing, qualifying, purchasing, and setting-up accessorial products to support and improve plant operations.
Administers and actively improves the incoming material quality system. This includes establishing and documenting systems for:
Incoming inspection (including criteria, frequency, responsibility, and reporting).
Regular supplier quality audits.
New supplier/material qualification and trials.
Consistent supplier feedback through an active scorecard system.
Documenting and maintaining accurate, up-to-date specifications and material requirements, including taking measures to ensure agreement between supplier and Production.
Issuing supplier corrective action requests including root cause analysis, preventive actions, and follow-up to ensure effectiveness.
Proactively prepares and presents action-driving, visual metrics associated with supplier quality performance.
Tracks projects with a hands-on approach; develops and maintains data logs, generates reports, and improves current processes.
Acts as the key communication channel between Production and supplier, ensuring concerns are communicated and addressed in a timely manner.
Actively participates in troubleshooting material-related concerns on the Production floor, using strong knowledge of production processes and material science to identify root causes and propose solutions.
Learns supplier's processes and utilizes 6-sigma, 5-why, 8D, and other tools to help suppliers improve quality. Visits suppliers as needed to drive results.
Leads projects related to material cost reduction and quality improvement using a data-driven approach. Coordinates efforts among Purchasing, Production, and suppliers to reduce material costs while ensuring quality.
Uses excellent quantitative data skills (Excel, preferably with VBA experience) to prepare and/or automate weekly metrics reports reflecting on-time deliveries, material availability and performance, inventory levels, and project status.
Files monetary claims and RTVs with suppliers for defective material, and works with Finance to follow claims through to completion.
Assists in building and issuing forecasts of anticipated material consumption to external suppliers, other companies, and internal groups such as Finance.
Assists in creating and maintaining master data related to materials in multiple IT systems.
Performs other duties as assigned.
25% of time to be spent assisting with purchasing related activities:
Sources and negotiates critical supplemental materials including, cartons, films, glues, accessories, etc.
Seeks out new suppliers/materials and works with current suppliers to create mutual cost savings while simultaneously improving quality and operating efficiencies
Participates in new product development process as a key and active contributor - especially towards new materials (decors, board, packaging, etc.). Assists and leads in accurately setting up new products and parts within internal systems.
Assists purchasing director in data gathering and analysis, providing recommendations and research in purchasing decisions of key raw materials.
Maintains a holistic view in every purchasing decision or recommendation, protecting the interests of the company and balancing short-term and long-term benefits
Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in an engineering/technical field or associates degree with 3 - 5 years of manufacturing experience in a quality and/or purchasing-related role.
Minimum 2 years of experience in manufacturing; interaction with material suppliers strongly preferred
Excellent data and analysis skills. Ability to collect, analyze, and report data in a concise, well organized form.
Excellent organizational skills. Ability to track details of multiple projects at multiple stages without getting lost in the details.
Self-directed, pro-active, get-it-done approach, driven to work with and through others to find and deliver results on time.
Strong communication skills. Ability to communicate on a professional level verbally and in writing about technical issues, product specifications, etc.
Highly proficient computer skills - Very strong Excel skills (some VBA experience preferred); Locus, Minitab, Word, and SAP skills also preferred.
Ideal candidate will have an inner drive to continually learn and improve; a constant dissatisfaction with the status quo and the self-confidence to work with others to find and develop new, better solutions are key attributes for success in this position.
Bottom line requirements we need notes on with candidate submittal:
1. Bachelor's degree in an engineering or technical field preferred. Chemical Engineering degree is ideal.
2. 1 to 5 years of manufacturing experience in a quality or purchasing related role including interaction with material suppliers.
3. Local or close enough for a short easy move preferred.

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