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Supplier Quality Engineer

Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE -TF-PL) Telford, England

Supplier Quality Engineer

Are you an experienced Supplier Quality Engineer? Do you have experience in ensuring the smooth operation of engineering supply chains?

Major Recruitment, in partnership with Polytec Group, are looking to recruit a Supplier Quality Engineer on a permanent basis to join the team based in Telford.

As a Supplier Quality Engineer you will be responsible for ensuring that the supply chain companies continually develop their process in line with the design intent of the customer and verify their systems to ensure they are compliant with the end customer’s needs.  This includes on-going supply chain company verification.


  • Carry out supplier validation audits, with supplier support and supplier advanced product quality planning (APQP).
  • Work with Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements
  • Assist in the supplier approval process by assessing manufacturing/technology capabilities and Health, Safety and Environmental risks
  • Assist in new product launches to ensure that supplier quality meets the required standards
  • Facilitate root cause analysis and corrective actions of supplier quality issues
  • Perform on-site supplier visits for root cause analysis and verification of correction actions of supplier quality issues
  • Collate and evaluate supplier quality data to identify process improvement opportunities within the supply chain
  • Work with the supplier directly, create correction action plans to address process failures
  • Review supplier manufacturing processes, collaborate with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities
  • Promote the use of customer preferred techniques for continuous improvement such as Lean, Six-Sigma, Poka-Yoke (Error Proofing), Measurement System Analysis, and PFMEA (Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
  • Provide concise, complete and accurate documentation of inspection results relative to area of responsibility. In appropriate functional areas, this refers to supporting inspection and test status requirements defined by regulations, engineering product specifications or Control Plans, PPAP approval or product warrant submission
  • Facilitate the escalation of unresolved supplier quality issues within assigned projects and suppliers
  • Assist the Quality Manager to monitor and report on supplier product quality and performance
  • Assist with training of quality awareness
  • Report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to adhere to process and prevent occurrence of any non-conformity relating to product, process or system
  • Assist with first off sample approvals
  • Participate in cross-functional teams in the development of new products or changes related to current products in meeting customer requirements
  • Manage and coordinate supplier PPM, supplier problem solving on time, cost recovery and supplier warranty indicators
  • Lead quality audits
  • Undertake special projects as required
  • Contribute to continuous improvement activities
  • Quality control of work by appropriate reviews
  • Support and lead process improvement activities at the supplier
  • Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients
  • Achieve goals within budget
  • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends
  • Plan projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented
  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
  • Produce written reports and make presentations
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact
  • Undertake personal continuous training and development
  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
  • Independently determine approach and assigned tasks


  • Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree preferred, or ONC, A Levels, BTec Diploma Level 3 or equivalent NVQ level 3 qualification
  • Substantial experience in a high volume manufacturing environment, preferably automotive
  • Experience of working in Quality Assurance
  • Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers
  • Strong knowledge of quality and business systems – including APQP, PPAP, FMEA
  • Lean Manufacturing knowledge
  • Knowledge of TS16949/ ISO45001/ OHSAS18001/ ISO14001
  • Knowledge of measurement techniques, metrology, inspection methods and equipment
  • Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings and manufacturing processes
  • Good communication and interpersonal, listening, negotiation, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Understanding of budgeting, cost and financial impacts


Major Recruitment are an employment agency working on behalf of our client. Should you be seeking a new permanent position, temporary assignment, or contract you will find our staff professional and courteous and our interview process straight forward.