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Supplier Quality and Development Manager 


Supplier Quality and Development Manager

The Proterra Story

Communities are growing and evolving, and with that, our transportation needs are changing. Now more than ever, we need smart solutions that provide safer, more reliable and cleaner transit. Every day, Proterra works to meet those needs, with the world’s best-performing zero-emission buses. Our revolutionary battery-electric buses help fleet operators abandon fossil fuels, improve environmental quality and reduce operating costs. Join the Proterra Revolution.

Position Overview

This position will provide comprehensive supplier quality and development support to Proterra’s National Quality Director and other site leadership team members. You will be responsible for developing the program strategy and deploying processes for the department of Supplier Quality and Development including the following: establish supplier assessment, APQP/PPAP, and new product launch tools to ensure that products are delivered in accordance with established Quality Standards and customers’ specifications.

About the Role – You will:

  • Develop an 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)
    • Coordinate Engineering Change Notifications and Orders (ECN’s and ECO’s)
  • Perform supplier audits and performance assessments in terms of PPM, NCRs’, 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 suppliers on defect containment, determination of root-cause, and implementation of robust corrective actions.
  • Rank and prioritize suppliers for development; create Supplier Development Roadmap.
  • Manage program initiatives and lead quality/process improvements including scrap reductions/yield improvements, variation reduction, capability improvements, product reliability improvements, operational mistake-proofing, value-engineering and cost reduction projects.

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 Proterra Quality team that supports Proterra’s Manufacturing and Engineering operations.
  • You will report to the National Quality Director and collaborate with other Quality team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and manufacturing facility in Greenville, SC and Los, Angeles.

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.
  • Professional approach to understand and resolve technical and non-technical issues with suppliers.
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.
  • Strong time management, organizational skills and excellent leadership abilities.
  • Sound judgment, deep analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport and elicit positive response from suppliers.

Your Experience Includes:

  • Minimum 10 years’ progressive experience in manufacturing, in the area of Quality, Supplier Quality, and/or Supplier Development.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering is preferred).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications, SPC software (i.e., Minitab).
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with APQP/PPAP, and in applying quality tools such as SPC, 8D, Root-cause analysis, etc.
  • Understanding of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerance), ISO and TS Standards.
  • 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.)
  • Broad range of tooling, manufacturing processes, and workmanship standards experience.

You might also have:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt

    Location: Can be any of the following locations; Greenville, SC or Detroit, MI or California

    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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