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Supplier Quality Engineer - Cedar Falls, IA

Summary: Evaluates suppliers’ capabilities and monitors performance of key suppliers with regards to meeting applicable internal and customer requirements. Provides onsite and remote technical support for suppliers with regards to quality issues.  Serves as lead supplier auditor for North American region of Bossard’s global organization.  Assists purchasing function with driving robust supplier corrective and preventive actions for critical issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Helps to ensure that accurate supplier rejection information is communicated to the supplier through management approved processes.
  • Leads supplier audit program for Bossard North America with support from the Quality Manager incorporating the Bossard proprietary auditing criteria and techniques.
  • Assists with the development of training material and conducts training sessions on Quality concepts.
  • Developing and implementing supplier improvement programs for new and current Bossard suppliers.
  • Provides the support required to successfully evaluate and resolve issues and bring to closure any supplier quality issues based on supplier non-conformances.
  • Develop new and current suppliers to meet needs and quality capabilities of Bossard customers.
  • Quality problem troubleshooting with suppliers’ processes and product non-conformities.
  • Facilitate the follow thru of supplier’s corrective actions indicated by BNA approved auditor.
  • Participates in evaluation and approval of new suppliers.
  • Help develop new suppliers to adhere to Bossard audit qualifications, as well as perform audits.
  • Integrate and collaborate collectively with other global Bossard unit resources to increase efficiencies.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Adaptability - Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work, tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Applied Learning – Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner.
  • Contributing to Team Success – Actively participating as a member of a team to move the team towards the completion of goals.
  • Decision Making - Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Energy – Consistently maintaining high levels of activity or productivity; sustaining long working hours when necessary; operating with vigor, effectiveness, and determination over extended periods of time.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Upholds organizational values.
  • Follow Up – Establishing procedures to monitor the results of delegations, assignments, or projects; taking into consideration the skills, knowledge and experience of the assigned individual and characteristics of the assignment or project.
  • Innovation - Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  • Managing Work (includes Time Management) – Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills – Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas, keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor Degree from four-year college or university in Engineering, Quality, or another technical area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Ability to obtain American Society for Quality Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ CQA) certification preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports & business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, employees of the organization, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate and percent. Ability to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram from. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer/System Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have Intermediate knowledge of:

  • Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Outlook

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Current valid driver’s license

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to thoroughly understand ISO, ANSI, SAE, ASTM and similar industry standards and customer specifications.
  • Ability to read and interpret fastener and related component drawings including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Ability to thoroughly understand key fastener manufacturing, heat treatment, and finishing operations.
  • Requires knowledge of current quality concepts, practices and procedures.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The Essential Duties and Responsibilities listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Travel Requirements

Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, and walk; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; and talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally up to or over 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristic described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work conditions are that of a normal office setting. The noise level in the work environment can range from quiet to moderate.

 

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Bossard, Inc.

6521 Production Dr

Cedar Falls, IA 50613