ZF Senior Supplier Development Engineer in Livonia, Michigan
Senior Supplier Development Engineer
GDF - Purchasing
ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow – and beyond.
Are you up for the challenge?
This purpose of this role is to manage and develop suppliers and parts for new programs of NA Braking. This role is critical to meeting objectives to improve Launch Performance, Current Model Quality, and support the Global SDE footprint. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Direct, monitor and review supplier APQP activities (control plans, PFMEA, process flow, SPC, run at rate, PPAP, etc.) and ensure processes are completed to ZF standards and are delivered on-time
Assist suppliers in problem solving effectiveness including root cause analysis through implementation of corrective actions
Conduct supplier assessments
Work with suppliers to develop continuous improvement plans and metrics to monitor performance and continuously improve quality and process and achieve cost reduction targets
Interface with Customers on critical supplier issues as necessary
Lead supplier APQP kick-off meetings and supplier design reviews
Active member in the ZF Sourcing Committee
Participate, as needed, on ZF Teams and effectively interact with other ZF technical departments and Assembly Plant personnel to find creative solutions to constraints
This position requires regional and international travel - approximately 50%
Must have at least eight (8) years directly related experience, including experience in supplier/OEM environment
Experienced with manufacturing processes and production environments
Experience in bearings, stampings, mechanical components and heat treatment preferred
Understands interpretation and application of global quality standards (ISO-9001 & IATF-19649, and VDA 6.3)
Ability to conduct supplier assessments, complete and analyze APQP/PPAP/Capability data
Effective in working with a global team
Knowledge and application of Value Engineering, Lean and Six Sigma is a plus
Must be highly motivated, able to multi-task, set priorities and be goal oriented
Must have a proven ability to lead functional teams, work independently and obtain goal-oriented results; computer literacy; a high level of independent judgment and strong negotiation; communications; analytical and leadership skills
Ability to represent ZF to outside suppliers and Customers in a professional manner on technical issues.
Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or equivalent required
Candidates with metallurgical/materials engineering and or ASQ certifications (or similar) such as Certified Quality Auditor, Certified Quality Engineer, or Certified Green/Black belt will be given preference
ISO-9000/IATF16949 Lead Assessor training/certification is desired.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or technical field.
Experience and Skill Requirements
3-5 years in quality or manufacturing environment.
IATF-16949 and VDA Lead Assessor Certification a plus.
Purchasing & Logistics
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran