The Supplier Development Manager for Power Tools is a key leader in the operations team to identify, establish, and develop a North American Supply Base to support the Power Tool operations. The primary duty of this position is to work with the sourcing and engineering teams to search, evaluate and identify suppliers of various commodities with the potential and capability to supply our operations. This position will also work closely with Purchasing and Engineering personnel to communicate quality plans and strategies for key suppliers based on quality performance, cost objectives, drawing and engineering controls, and process / product requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plan, coordinate, and conduct supplier audits to ensure that necessary process and quality controls are in place during initial supplier assessment visits or on-going supplier management assessments.
- Implement and maintain quality improvement and auditing systems with suppliers. These systems will focus on process controls, metrology, quality control, quality management and quality systems.
- Understand the supplier's current capabilities and potential new capabilities and communicate to purchasing, engineering, and quality personnel.
- Drive resolution of quality issues back to the supplier. This includes customer complaints and non-conformances documented through reports, rating systems, supplier corrective action reporting, or other means of effective resolution of quality issues.
- Identify systemic supplier quality issues and drive corrective and preventative actions through: 1) data and information collection regarding trends and issues 2) data and information collection from assessments and from supply base, and 3) root cause analysis and problem resolution.
- Develop supplier quality metrics for monthly reviews. Report on supplier quality-related activities to assure fulfillment of requirements.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor's Degree in either Metallurgical, Manufacturing, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering plus five years of related work experience as a Supplier Quality Engineer.
- Experience in Supplier Management through the process of Supplier Selection, Supplier Auditing, Supplier Rating Systems, Supplier Evaluations, Supplier Scorecards, Supplier.Development, Supplier Improvement, and working through Supplier Exiting Strategies, when necessary.
- Ability to work in a cross functional team and matrix management environment.
- Demonstrated technical aptitude with strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Familiarity with 1) lead auditing, 2) gauging methods, procedures and software and 3) Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, etc.
- Ability and willingness to travel around USA, Mexico, Canada and Asia as required.
- Ability to speak Spanish preferred.