Supplier Development Engineer

Job Title: Supplier Development Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Salary: £37700 - £52000 per annum
Start Date: 30/06/2017
Reference: 1706-72_1498819394
Contact Name: Louise McCulloch
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 30, 2017 11:43

Job Description

Sitec has an exciting opportunity for Supplier Development Engineers for our client Perkins Engines in Peterborough. This is a permanent role and the salary is between £37,700.00 to £52,000.00 (dependent on experience).

Title: Supplier Development Engineer - Multiple position available
Salary: £37,700 - £52,000 ( Depending on Experience)
Location: Peterborough
Relocation: Sponsorship: Not supported with the role
Benefits: 10 - 12% Bonus ( Depending on Experience
25 Days Annual Leave + Bank Holidays
Share Scheme ( Employee Contribution 50% Matched by the Company)
Pension Scheme ( Employee Contribution Double by the Company up to 10%)
Child Care Vouchers

*Flexible working may be considered*

Role Purpose and Overview:
The Supplier Development Engineers will provide on-site assistance & leadership to Caterpillar's supply base in the execution of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), the implementation of process control and the deployment of a continuous quality improvement process. To ensure that suppliers are able to meet corporate and business unit requirements for certification and quality of purchased material. The position will be based in Peterborough.

Job Responsibilities:
The primary responsibilities of the Supplier Development Engineers are to work with suppliers to ensure that robust process controls are in place to prevent nonconformities, to continuously monitor supplier's key manufacturing processes and quality management system for improvement opportunities and to assist suppliers with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities to ensure production readiness for New Product Introduction (NPI).

The SDE is responsible for the supplier's processes from design concept to the end of product life (cradle to grave), including the following activities:
* Ensuring the adequacy of the supplier's quality management system and the capability of people, training, tooling, fixturing and equipment.
* Providing technical support during start-up activities.
* Ensuring that APQP activities related to process control are being performed by the supplier.
* Monitoring of supplier adherence to Process Change Notification (PCN) (for changes driven by Supplier and Caterpillar) on a timely and cost effective basis.
* Helping suppliers extract value from the APQP process.
* Managing supplier's project plans and activities to ensure product meets Caterpillar expectations, ensuring all relevant requirements and related changes are thoroughly documented.
* Reviewing APQP documentation (e.g., Process FMEA {failure mode & effects analysis}, Process Control Plans, Gage R&R {repeatability & reproducibility}).
* Participating in process FMEA for suppliers' manufacturing processes.
* Auditing overall supplier capability and process control implementation and effectiveness to validate process capability.
* Ensuring PPAP {Production Part Approval Process} completion and approval prior to delivery of new parts.

Additionally, the SDE ensures resolution and implementation of robust solutions for quality problems associated with purchased materials and engineering issues. SDE activity is as follows:
* Reviewing, approving and validating 8D permanent corrective action plans, along with determining whether cost of poor quality charges should be levied.
* Performing quality management system audits and Supplier Evaluation Surveys (SES), including assessments of potential new suppliers.
* Where supplier quality performance is unacceptable, coordinating the supplier response and improvement plans.
* Develop target suppliers capabilities to attain SQEP {Supplier Quality Excellence Process} certification.
* Deploys Lean Processes to ensure Built in Quality in the Supplier Network
* Participating in the development of Supplier quality metrics and in Supplier Performance Management Reviews (SPM).

The SDE must be knowledgeable of technological developments and trends to guide commodity teams in advancements of design, quality and manufacturing while relying on technical process stewards for more advanced issues. They must have a thorough working knowledge of quality initiatives and methodologies. The SDE must manage the completion of their own work assignments and coordinate the work with others.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

* Experience executing quality processes with engineering suppliers.
* Sound knowledge and experience of APQP, including the PPAP process, FMEA's, control plans, process flow, GR&R, and capability studies.
* Experience of applying 8D process or other structured problem solving techniques in a manufacturing environment.
* Industry experience in Manufacturing, Industrial, Automotive, or Aerospace.
* Ability to read engineering drawing
* Understanding and knowledge of Foundry processes
* Material metallurgical experience
* Experience of working with CNC machining (milling and turning)
* Measurement techniques
* Understanding of Magma simulation
* Knowledge of tool design
* Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office
* Experience working with suppliers.

* Engineering or Manufacturing background.
* Project management experience.
* Technical or Engineering degree level educational qualification.

This vacancy is being advertised by Sitec.