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Supplier Quality Engineer 


Supplier Quality Engineer

The Proterra Story

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Position Overview

This position will provide comprehensive supplier quality support to Proterra’s Supplier Quality and Development Manager and other leadership team members. You will be responsible for suppliers within the Composites and Plastics category to ensure that products are delivered in accordance with established Quality Standards and customer specifications by providing support in areas of document and data collection, monitoring improvement activities, cross-functional communications, and being part of the overall cost of quality and manufacturing cost improvement initiatives.

About the Role – You will:

Develop APQP plan with new and existing suppliers.

Monitor and participate in Design reviews, define safety and key characteristics, Control Plan, DFMEA, PFMEA, Process flow, Prototype development, etc.

Assess gages and tooling, capacity constraints, facilities, resources and capabilities.

Define, review and drive PPAP requirements.

Design reviews, 1st article verification, packaging, Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), etc.

Coordinate Engineering Change Notifications and Orders (ECN’s and ECO’s)

Perform supplier audits and performance assessments in terms of PPM, NCR’s, On-time delivery; identify risks, challenges and back-up plans.

Lead resolution of supplier non-conformances; track quality events, product defects or quality-related issues leading to delivery failures; work with supplier on defect containment, determination of root cause and implementation of robust corrective actions.

Rank and prioritize suppliers for development; create Supplier Development Roadmap.

Mange program initiatives and lead quality/process improvements including the following: scrap reductions/yield improvements, variation reduction and capability improvements, product reliability improvements, operational mistake-proofing, and value engineering and cost reduction projects.

Experience in Wire Harness Manufacturing is strongly preferred

About Our Group:

As strategic partners, the Quality team strives to ensure that our values, culture and engagement always allow us do great things for our company.

We strive to provide the highest level service and support to our clients each and every day.

We work collaboratively to build strong relationships with our clients, partners, and own team.

We treat each other with respect……and always try to have a little fun every day!

This position will be part of the Greenville based Quality team that supports Proterra’s Manufacturing and Engineering operations in Greenville, SC.

You will report to the Site Supplier Quality and Development Manager and collaborate with other Quality team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and other manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, CA.

Position Requirements

About You:

Self-starter with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization.

Customer-focused attitude, with high level of professionalism and discretion.

Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.

Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.

Strong time management, organizational and presentation skills.

Sound judgment, good leadership, and analytical problem-solving skills.

Excellent communication skills with a professional approach to understand and resolve technical and non-technical issues with suppliers.

Your Experience Includes:

3+ years’ experience within supplier quality engineering or related field

Bachelor’s Degree (Engineering preferred) or equivalent experience

Understanding of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing), ISO and TS standards

Extensive knowledge and experience with APQP/PPAP and in applying quality tools such as SPC, 8D, root-cause analysis, etc.

Broad range of tooling, manufacturing process and workmanship standards experience across Composites and Plastics.

Experience with best-in-class manufacturing practices (Lean Manufacturing, visual management, data collection, material utilization, employee engagement, cross-training, standard work, gage R&R, calibration, etc.)

Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and SPC software (i.e., Minitab)

Travel: 30% - 50% (ability to travel at short notice)

EOE Statement Proterra is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all Employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Proterra participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program (E-Verify).  

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