Supplier Development Engineer

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Supplier Development Engineer

Our medical device manufacturing client is looking for a Supplier Development Engineer to join them on a permanent basis at their state of the art facility in Crawley, West Sussex.

Job Description

Our client's vision is to be Number 1 in our markets and this translates to a high performing organization and individual to help manage a diverse supply base.
The Supplier Development organization is a strategic lever in adding value from product creation through to product maintenance through to lifecycle services.
Working for the Supplier Development Manager this is an engineering and commercial role to achieve breakthrough improvements of manufacturing efficiency and quality in their global supply chain. As a proactive and self motivated manufacturing professional you will be able to work at keys supplier sites to identify and close gaps in manufacturing capability, introduce and promote lean principles, methodically plan and deliver improvement projects to given timescales.
Using DFM/A knowledge and experience you will influence product development engineers towards component designs that allow efficient and capable manufacturing processes. Using formal risk assessment tools you will assess new manufacturing and supply chain processes and implement mitigation action plans as required to meet business objective and targets.

" Establish, prioritise, coordinate and implement supplier development programs which will help meet the functions' cost, quality and delivery precision targets and as per the departmental tactics plans
" Carry out capability assessment of potential suppliers with respect to their manufacturing strategy and product road map, report identified risks and make recommendations of actions.
" Represent operations during product creation process and ensure design for manufacture and design for assembly best practices are implemented.
" Review design documentation of new or modified products and accept on behalf of operations as fit for purpose and will allow capable manufacturing processes.
" Provide technical support to supplier re-sourcing programs
" Benchmark best practice and help implement and communicate that best practice where relevant into the internal and our suppliers processes
" Help establish supply chain risks and mitigation plans for business continuity
" Attain a high competence level in, and continually develop, personal skills in Value Engineering techniques, LEAN process techniques and problem solving techniques, and use in daily work. Be a centre of expertise to help develop others' skills and knowledge in the department.
" Develop facilitation skills in order to maximise identifying opportunities for reducing costs and increasing supplier performance
" Support the standardisation of Supplier Development processes
" Support Make versus Buy decisions
" Work to and help develop the Quality Management System
" Keep abreast of and assess any implications to your programs of modularisation strategies, R&D roadmaps, Manufacturing strategies and Purchasing strategies.

A strong electro-mechanical engineering and manufacturing background is essential.
A minimum of HNC in an engineering discipline or equivalent
Demonstrable experience of successful regular use of LEAN tools and/or problem solving techniques and/or process improvement and/or value engineering
Proven track record of delivering supplier development objectives an advantage
Demonstrable experience of working with external suppliers (and/or other Product Supply Centre's) based across the world
Demonstratable experience of working within product creation environment using DFM/A skills.
Demonstrable record of delivering stretching targets and successfully managing concurrent tasks
Demonstrable evidence of results oriented behaviour
Successful and demonstrable experience of facilitating improvement workshops or forums an advantage
Strong interpersonal communication and positive influencing skills, capable of working on own initiative whilst also being an effective team player
The key working relationships will be: Supplier Development, Purchasing, Manufacturing, R&D, Product Maintenance, other PSC's, the global supply base, Q&RA

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Key Consultant

Darren Puddephatt

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My areas of expertise are automotive OEM, consultancy, tier one suppliers and medical engineering, within mechanical and electrical engineering. I have been successful placing engineers, from graduate to chief engineer level within automotive engineering, covering controls and electronics, chassis engineering, body engineering, test and development engineers on various commodities.