Duties / Responsibilities (Including Objectives of the role):
Management of supply base quality activities for programme(s) ensuring both proactive and reactive actions are in place to assure production of OK parts for Manufacturing and Projects.
Ensure supplier audit/site assessments conducted against Plan for Series Production and Projects
Drive resolution of open issues raised by team
Agree supplier development activity plan with internal stakeholders
Ensure team achieves plan and PPM / Quality improvements achieved
Report out KPIs and status within Lotus and escalate issues as required
New Part Introduction and Supplier Preparation
Develop Quality Planning (APQP)/PPAP activity plan for new projects
Ensure all supplier visits completed and manage completion of actions raised
Report approval status at Lotus project reviews and gateways including key issues resolution plans
- Management of PPAP/LPAP activities, including parts readiness & part approvals
Project and Production Support
Interface between Lotus factory/Parts Quality and SQA team to ensure issues are prioritised and addressed in a timely manner
- Root cause analysis/Troubleshooting at suppliers to ensure continuity of supply of assured parts
Interface with Lotus Purchasing Management to ensure consistent sourcing direction and consensus
Manage business relationships within the supply base
Qualifications and Experience (Essential & Desirable criteria)
Degree or similar – Mechanical, Electrical or Automotive Engineering.
Automotive OEM or 1st tier supplier SQA experience, must have sound knowledge of APQP systems & procedures.
MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint.
SQA experience in related industry or 1st tier supplier.
Self starter, able to work under own initiative.
Must possess ‘presence’, be assertive, articulate & logical in order to have high credibility with supplier senior management.
Capability to operate under pressure.
Must be able to demonstrate good problem solving skills & logical approach.
Pro-active approach to supplier development.
Good verbal & written English, ideally with a second European language.
Full UK clean driving licence or equivalent. Flexibility and ability to travel at short notice UK / EU / Worldwide
Structure Problem Solving approach – e.g. 8D, Six Sigma etc
Knowledge of Lotus systems; MPPDM & IFS
SQA experience in Automotive OEM