Supplier Quality Engineer in Gallatin, TN at ITW

Date Posted: 5/29/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Business Description: 

CIP(California Industrial Products) is a $100M division of ITW North American Metal Fasteners Automotive segment. CIP specializes in the design and manufacturing of fasteners and related products. ITW CIP fasteners can be found on vehicle platforms around
the world – securing fenders, bumpers, chassis assemblies, doors, interior components and much more.

 The division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions and application engineering.  In addition to ITW’s industry leading research and development capabilities, CIP enhances our customers’ competitive advantage by…

•Maintaining advanced engineering and manufacturing facilities

•Exchanging product, process and benchmarking information with sister units worldwide.

•Continually improving processes, material and designs to ensure every product exceeds customer specifications while providing unparalleled value.


Position Summary

The position will report to the Quality Manager and is responsible for meeting the expectations of ITW and its customers regarding Delivery and Quality of all products purchased through the supply base. Investigate, analyze and resolve supplier quality problems
by conducting audits, analyzing defect trends and leading continuous improvement projects.


Key Responsibilities

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to the level of the ITW leadership expectations. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required and other duties
as assigned by manager:

  • Ensures that all Quality related activities are carried out in a consistent and safe manner. Responsible to address any unsafe or non-environmentally friendly practices by any employee that is witnessed in any area on throughout the manufacturing floor
    or in the office areas.
  • Participate on the internal audit teams (IATF16949, LPA, 5s)
  • Work with supplier sourcing to ensure supplier performance is regularly reported and that appropriate and timely corrective actions are implemented
  • Aide in the new, probationary, and rejected supplier transition processes
  • Maintain and update critical supplier audit system and schedule
  • Conduct supplier audits to drive process standardization, waste elimination, and continuous improvement
  • Monitor, communicate and improve key supply chain KPI’s, including Supplier On Time Delivery, Defective Parts Per Million and waste
  • Establish specific short / long term supplier quality goals
  • Champion problem solving and root cause analysis activities with suppliers and customers to eliminate recurrences of non-conformances
  • Work to resolve supplier technical issues in a timely manner to ensure continuity of supply
  • Develop long-term supplier relationships and generate and implement cost reduction ideas
  • Aide manufacturing in the evaluation and qualification of new supplier materials following a defined new product development process
  • Drive “Zero Defect” mentality within the supply base

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Min 5 years’ experience in relevant manufacturing processes and automotive industry preferably Tier 1
  • Successful experience within a Tier 1 or 2 Automotive Supplier manufacturing facility
  • Advanced knowledge of Automotive OEM quality standards, systems, and processes
  • Successful Product Launch / Production Start-up experience including all documentation, testing, data collection, and reporting
  • Experience supporting the APQP and PPAP process to successful conclusion.
  • Working knowledge of ISO/IATF16949 requirements (certified ISO/IATF internal auditor preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering Discipline or equivalent
  • Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) or equivalent is preferred
  • Advanced computer skills using Microsoft Office
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and ability travel up to 10% of the time, including abroad when necessary


Critical Competencies for Success
  • Excellent Communication Skills – Maintains an open flow of two-way communication, exhibiting strong verbal, written and presentation skills, stating expectations clearly and being visible to all stakeholders.  Being a good listener is a critical
    success factor.
  • Impeccable Integrity – Embodies and practices unquestioned personal and business integrity.  Recognized as a highly credible team member.  Creates an environment of trust by acting with fairness and consistency, keeping commitments, and providing

    rationale for decisions.
  • Team Player – An aggressive, results-oriented individual who, at the same time, is the consummate team player who can effectively negotiate with others to achieve win-win outcomes.  He or she will be well respected by senior management, peers,
    and subordinates, and will be secure in his or her technical abilities. 
  • Open Minded – A resilient and committed leader with a flexible and open operating style; non-political and non-bureaucratic; someone with a natural and effective consultative approach who will gain the trust and respect of individuals at all levels.