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SQA Engineer - Automotive / Motorsport

​Our Automotive Tier 1 client are seeking an SQA Engineer to join their growing team in Norfolk.

We are seeking an experienced SQA to improve the end-to-end supply chain performance of product and service suppliers. This includes: the development of supply chain-related procedures and processes; supplier assessment and qualification; management of supplier concerns; leading/coordinating supplier APQP activities; management of problem resolution and other quality/purchasing improvement initiatives and activities.

The role includes assessment of the current supplier base to identify, evaluate and develop suppliers capable of providing cost-effective quality components for existing and future projects. We are looking for someone who is a confident communicator at all levels, and who is prepared to travel up to 50% of the time in the UK, with some occasional travel overseas.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Carrying out supplier qualification assessments including detailed on-site process audits (to automotive standards)

• Preparing sourcing recommendations based on the results of supplier assessment activities

• Communication and implementation of supplier quality and inspection requirements

• Leading the implementation of supplier development activities with the aim of delivering year-on-year supplier QCD improvements

• Establishing supplier scorecards monitoring quality, delivery and commercial performance

• Leading the successful implementation and owning the delivery of specific APQP / PPAP for New Product Introduction and sourcing activities

• Working closely with Quality, Engineering, Manufacturing and Programme Management on supplier selection for new products and services

• Approving new products and services in line with company procedures

• Dealing with specific non-conforming product containment incidents, identifying root causes and ensuring robust and rigorous problem resolution in a timely manner

• Leading supplier monitoring visits and audits, both in the UK and overseas, as required

• Supporting the implementation and subsequent maintenance of systems and processes to ensure compliance with the ISO9001 Management Systems standard

Key skills / experience;

• At least 3-4 years’ experience

• Experience gained in a supply chain quality environment, preferably in high volume automotive manufacturing business, but not essential

• Experience of automotive supplier assessment and selection activities

• Experience of auditing both internal and supplier processes

• Experience of supplier development programmes to drive quality improvements

• Knowledge of APQP tools and techniques (including FMEA and Control Plans)

• Knowledge of statistical analysis, process capability and problem resolution tools (8D, 5 Why, 6 Sigma etc.) and techniques

• Knowledge and experience of automotive product development process and activities

• Good communication and professional presentation skills for customer and supplier interfacing

• Capable of organising and managing priorities, utilise problem solving techniques

• Commercial analysis and budgeting skills, experience of working to customer contract terms

• Computer literate, with advanced MS Word, PowerPoint & Excel skills/abilities, MS Project expertise preferred

• Experience of IATF16949 standard an advantage.