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Supplier Development - Principal Engineer

Date: Jun 1, 2019

Location: Solon, US, 44139

Company: Swagelok Company

Swagelok, Principal Supplier Development Engineer, Solon


Position Summary:

The Supplier Development Engineer will collaborate with Engineering, Manufacturing, and Sourcing on all activity required to effectively manage supplier quality requirements & supplier development. Primary areas of focus will be supplier auditing, qualification, continuous improvement, and defect resolution. The SDE has primary ownership and responsibility for supplier quality throughout Swagelok operations for assigned commodities.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


             Plans, organizes, and manages the overall supplier quality development and strategy activities.

             Develops positive relationships with suppliers. Demonstrates high proficiency when representing Swagelok while interfacing with suppliers, including their executive management.

             Performs audits of existing suppliers, including desk audits of quality manuals and data sheets, site audits of processes and systems and annual assessments of performance. Completes and communicates supplier quality system audit reports, manages the Corrective Action process for audit findings as required and drives completion within expected timeframe.

             Performs supplier selection related activities for potential suppliers. Activities include desk audits, site visits, on-site audits and the completion of related documents.

             Identifies, drives, and influences improvement activities at suppliers in the pursuit of perfect quality.

             Initiates and/or facilitates resolution of problems related to Swagelok specifications or methods.

             Participates in establishing and maintaining procedures, processes and specifications related to assigned commodities and suppliers. Facilitates the communication of specifications between Swagelok and the supplier.

             Executes the Qualified Supplier Process program by providing training and approving supplier packages.

             Coordinates gauge or process capability studies, first article inspections, validation plans and evaluation requests as needed.

             Leads technical input for strategic sourcing projects, including assessment of supplier capability, specification review and support of project implementation and part transitions.

             Manages medium to large department level projects intended to develop or improve systems and processes to meet Global Sourcing requirements and goals.

             Trains and develops suppliers in the application of sound engineering and quality principles.

             Leads in the development of other Supplier Development Engineers. Serves as a mentor and reliable source of job knowledge to other SDEs and other internal Swagelok groups.

             Provides direct internal support and acts as internal resource regarding the performance, capability, application, and inspection methods for supplied product.

             Leads technical discussions with suppliers to identify and implement improvements in products and processes. Solicits and includes cross functional participation from Swagelok when appropriate.


Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:


             Education: Bachelors degree in Engineering, technical or quality-related field required; advanced problem-solving training preferred (SPC/statistical analysis; DOE). Maintains on-going education in related areas.

             Experience: 10+ years’ experience in manufacturing process design and development, quality planning or engineering, and/or quality control supervision. ASQ-CQE preferred. 6-12 months ISO/QS9000 implementation and/or auditing, or ASQ-CQA preferred; advanced problem-solving experience preferred (DOE, statistical analysis).

             Skills/Knowledge: Strong computer skills, including basic Word, PowerPoint and Project, and intermediate-level Excel; advanced statistical data analysis skills; working knowledge of statistical software such as NCSS, Statistica or Minitab; strong knowledge of metrology and general mechanical inspection methods and procedures; familiarity with Total Quality and Lean Manufacturing concepts preferred. Demonstrates proficiency in preventative control planning and process validation methods, disciplined problem solving, troubleshooting quality and manufacturing systems, and auditing. Demonstrates product knowledge and expertise within assigned area.


Critical Competencies:


•             Organizational Awareness, Influence, Initiative, Change Catalyst, Development of Others


Working Conditions and/or Physical Requirements:



•             Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.

•             Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.


Swagelok is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Applicants are selected without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristic under federal, state or local law


Swagelok will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.


This job summary is intended to be brief and does not list all the duties for this position. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an express or implied contract of employment. Swagelok is an at-will employer, which means that either party is free to terminate the employment relationship at any time, without any advanced notice, for any reason or no reason.

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