Supplier development engineer

Supplier development engineer

Safran | Fareham, England, UK

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The SDE will guide suppliers through the Safran industrial validation processes, leading or supporting all phases as required. They will ensure efficient project management of all product transfers from Safran HE UK to the supply chain and will ensure compliance to Safran standards for industrialization. Where suppliers experience challenges in meeting their QCD targets, the SDE will support problem solving and continuous improvement activity, both remotely and at suppliers' facilities.
Responsibilities shall include cross-functional project management to qualify new components, supporting issues with current production, developing new suppliers to reduce cost, increase capacity, improve quality, and auditing suppliers to ensure process conformance. Manage the customer specific requirements and offer technical support. Work on multiple phases or sub-tasks of projects or entire projects of moderate complexity, with results impacting on project completion.

Support supplier selection through robust qualification processes
Assess new and existing supplier capabilities to meet QCD targets and ensure their ability to comply with requirements for PPAP, APQP, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and other applicable standards
Drive improvements utilizing Lean methodologies, ensuring supplier compliance, whilst driving systematic problem solving and process improvement plans to deliver value
Track the supplier's key performance indicators
Develop positive relationships and work closely with Procurement to manage, implement and track supplier/engineering, design changes, capacity studies New Product Introductions and transfers
Deliver results as measured by key metrics, such as supplier OTD, and corrective & preventative action closure
Guide and Coach the Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering and Procurement organizations to drive cost effective improvements to Quality and Manufacturing processes, minimizing waste, introduce new products and improve product design
Provide leadership during investigations of major problems and or special projects focusing on developing working relationships with suppliers and the supply chain about product development and procurement of parts
Responsible for leading the solution for supplier component concerns, driving Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), customer interaction, supplier interaction,
Assist with new product launch by working with suppliers to ensure that key milestones are achieved
Ensure supplier process capability is effective
Contribute to continuous improvement activities
Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients
Undertake personal continuous training and development
Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
Develop and maintain strong relationships to ensure optimal performance
Communicate efficiently throughout the procurement process
Comply with the Health, Safety
Candidates skills and requirementsSkills:
Diplomatic approach to relationships
Experience in Sourcing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and project management
Experience in vendor qualification
Knowledge of quality and business systems
Commercial and financial acumen
Strong knowledge of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
Strong experience of cross functional working
Report and Procedure writing, with excellent presentation skills
Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings
Understanding manufacturing processes
Planning and prioritizing activities
Ability to present data effectively
Numerically astute with strong problem-solving skills and expertise to develop and execute objectives for self and others and the ability to effect short-term and some long-term business goals

Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree preferred; ONC, A Levels, City & Guilds Level 3, BTec National Diploma Level 3, IVQ Technician Diploma or equivalent NVQ level 3 qualification
Substantial experience in a precision manufacturing environment, preferably aerospace or automotive
Experience in supplier development
Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers
Assertive, optimistic, resilient and welcomes change
Engages interest and participation of others and has a collaborative approach to working together
Proactively contributes to the team
Is self-aware and has ability to work on own initiative
Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings
Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Strong negotiation and influencing skills