The Supplier Development Specialist interacts with the Sourcing, Product Management and Quality Departments along with SRI’s Global Supply Chain Partners to support Supplier, Sourcing, Development and Quality Improvement programs. The SDD leads the Supplier Development Team by providing oversight, guidance and management to assure the onboarding of new potential suppliers is effectively executed. The SDS assures the deployment of Advanced Product Quality Planning and Production Part Approval Process requirements are understood, followed and practiced by all suppliers. The SDM is the hands-on Field Liaison and Leader between all SRI Global Suppliers and SRI Sourcing, Purchasing and Quality Departments.
A key member of the Supplier Development Team and assists the team in meeting related and required SD business objectives
Support and encourage development of Team members across all SRI departments
Support SRI and Sourcing’s Supply Partner’s strategy to drive compliance and performance via quarterly scorecard reviews, feedback and the continual improvement process
Provide on-site audits as required by SRI’s documented procedure(s) including process review, supplier feedback and assessment analysis taking appropriate improvement action
Manage and analyze supplier scorecard feedback, survey and audit results and coordinate the rating and approval processes defined by SRI’s documented procedures
Ensures that supplier development activities are identified, initiated, monitored, measured and reported via SRI’s quarterly Scorecard Performance reviews
Drive continual improvement of supplier quality, delivery and communication performance
Interact with and report to key stakeholders regarding Supplier improvement progress
Lead and support supplier improvement projects to help align business processes between SRI, Suppliers and SRI Customers
Coach, develop and train supplier teams on quality methods and processes as required
Help determine supplier key process indicators (KPI’s) and exercise the effective use of data analysis and performance results
Drive QMS effectiveness and product quality consistent with customer expectations.
Establish Factory Capability Tables related to supplier processes, methods and operational expertise to aid the Sourcing Teams selection of the best aligned factory for manufacture
Correlate suppliers Quality Management System with SRI’s QMS and business expectations seeking opportunities for mutual growth and continual improvement
Develop standard quality and manufacturing process controls for suppliers and sub-tiers. Able to review factory process flow of products through facility from raw material phase, through manufacturing, quality, shipping, and delivery to transportation the suppliers manufacturing
Drive formulation of tactical strategy and associated production and delivery schedules with Suppliers to support SRI’s Product Management requirements
Partner with the Sourcing and Quality Leadership Teams to identify Supplier Development targets, then implement, monitor and report progress and improvements.
Administration of supplier development and quality targets down to the primary supplier’s sub-tier levels to assure the entire supply chain understands, implements and supports SRI’s quality commitment and expectation.
Assure supplier’s CAPA program is executed in compliance with the 8D process
Ability to identify systematic causes for poor delivery performance, complete capacity analysis and rate readiness
Monitor and support CA when non-conformances are identified and/or requested
Identify and communicate the requirements for component qualification, (validation or verification) to supplier
5+ years’ work experience in a disciplined ISO-like certified manufacturing facility as a Supplier Development Leader, (automotive Medical devices or aerospace industry is preferred)
Hands-on experience in an automotive manufacturing facility is extremely beneficial.
Good understanding and knowledge of machine shop practice, metal component production, manufacturing process techniques (castings experience provides an advantage)
Manufacturing Systems Auditor, (ISO standards knowledge provides and advantage)
Global travel provides an advantage
BS or BA degree, (Engineering Sciences could be an advantage)
Professional Certifications; Lean Six Sigma, Quality, Project Management, Lead Auditor provides an advantage
Independent, professional, motivated, tenacious, and amiable self-starter
Able willingness to travel abroad, ~50% annually with valid U.S. passport, no restrictions
Ability to read, interpret and communicate engineering drawings, specifications and technical standards.
Ability to capture, analyze and present data, (statistical data analysis is a plus)
Ability to identify improvement opportunities, then devise, plan, implement, monitor and report correction activity
Demonstrated ability to achieve goals through timely decision making with the ability to prioritize, plan, monitor and present progress· Demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others to contribute to the success of SRI’s global supply chain strategy
Fluent in Spanish is preferred and provides an advantage
Fluent in Mandarin provides an advantage
Professional Certification in Six Sigma, CMQ/OE, CQE, PMP, and/or Lead Auditor preferred
Interpersonal skills to develop positive relationships with internal and external customers
ISO Quality Systems knowledge & hands-on experience provides a plus for this key role.
Solid background knowledge with hands-on experience utilizing most varieties of common metrology and inspection systems and techniques in an automotive manufacturing facility.
Proficient with Microsoft Office products, including MS Project
For over 30 years, Specialty Resources has been an industry leader in global sourcing & inventory management. SRI is partnered with over 600 domestic and overseas suppliers in order to supply our customers with specialty precision components. With SRI’s total-cost approach, our customers are able to achieve significant cost reductions. As an ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certified company, our in-house quality control department ensures that all products meet or exceed our customers’ highest expectations.