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Supplier Development Engineer

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Location: Peterborough, CAM, United Kingdom
Date Posted: Feb 10, 2020

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Job Title: Supplier Development Engineer
Salary: £45,000 - £52,000 (depending of level of experience)
Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire        
Benefits:  25 days annual leave,     
                 12% bonus
                 Contributory pension scheme - Caterpillar will double the employee's contribution Up to 10%
                 Contributory share scheme - Caterpillar will match 50% of the employee's contribution 
                 CAT Advantage Discount Website
                 Relocation support will be considered

Sponsorship: Not supported in this role 

Flexible working arrangements will be considered for this role, in-line with the needs of the business.  

Who is Caterpillar? What do we do? 

Caterpillar is a world leader in construction and mining equipment—creating innovative, cutting-edge products
and services that help our customers build the world around us. With that level of impact comes the platform
to care for the world, we work in. That’s why we lead sustainable green initiatives to preserve the environment,
help reduce poverty with the Caterpillar Foundation and stay involved in the communities we help build.

What will Caterpillar do for you? 

From day one, you’re set up to thrive at Caterpillar: helpful training, relatable mentors, global experience, competitive salary package, work-life balance and the growth opportunities you expect with a Fortune 100 company.

You power our success and we are committed to empowering yours. After all, when your work can impact the entire world, it’s important to do work that matters.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced Supplier Development Engineer to join our team in Peterborough, to provide on-site assistance & leadership to Caterpillar’s supply base in the execution of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), the implementation of process control and the deployment of a continuous quality improvement processes. You will ensure that suppliers can meet corporate and business unit requirements for certification and quality of purchased material. 

Job Responsibilities and Duties:

Working with suppliers to ensure that robust process controls are in place to prevent nonconformities, to continuously monitor supplier’s key manufacturing processes and quality management system for improvement opportunities and to assist suppliers with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities to ensure production readiness for New Product Introduction (NPI). 

The SDE is responsible for the supplier’s processes from design concept to the end of product life (cradle to grave), including the following activities: 

Ensuring the adequacy of the supplier’s quality management system and the capability of people, training, tooling, fixturing and equipment. 
Providing technical support during start-up activities. 
Ensuring that APQP activities related to process control are being performed by the supplier. 
Monitoring of supplier adherence to Process Change Notification (PCN) (for changes driven by Supplier and Caterpillar) on a timely and cost-effective basis. 
Helping suppliers extract value from the APQP process. 
Managing supplier’s project plans and activities to ensure product meets Caterpillar expectations, ensuring all relevant requirements and related changes are thoroughly documented. 
Reviewing APQP documentation (e.g., Process FMEA {failure mode & effects analysis), Process Control Plans, Gage R&R (repeatability & reproducibility). 
Participating in process FMEA for suppliers manufacturing processes. 
Auditing overall supplier capability and process control implementation and effectiveness to validate process capability. 
Ensuring PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) completion and approval prior to delivery of new parts. Additionally, the SDE ensures resolution and implementation of robust solutions for quality problems associated with purchased materials and engineering issues. SDE activity is as follows: 
Reviewing, approving and validating 8D permanent corrective action plans, along with determining whether cost of poor-quality charges should be levied. 
Performing quality management system audits and Supplier Evaluation Surveys (SES), including assessments of potential new suppliers. 
Where supplier quality performance is unacceptable, coordinating the supplier response and improvement plans. 
Develop target supplier’s capabilities to attain SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Process) certification. 
Deploys Lean Processes to ensure Built in Quality in the Supplier Network 
Participating in the development of Supplier quality metrics and in Supplier Performance Management Reviews (SPM).


Skills and Experience: 

Candidates will have gained the following skills and experience through previous roles:

An Engineering/Manufacturing/Technical undergraduate degree from a college or university, or equivalent experience.
Ability to read engineering drawings 
Experience executing quality processes with engineering suppliers.
Sound knowledge and demonstrated experience of APQP, including the PPAP process, FMEA’s, control plans, process flow, GR&R, and capability studies. 
Experience of applying 8D process or other structured problem-solving techniques in a manufacturing environment. 
Industry experience in Manufacturing, Industrial, Automotive, or Aerospace.
Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office. 

Candidates may have gained the following skills and experience through previous roles:

Experience working with suppliers. 
Project management experience. 
Material metallurgical experience 
Experience of working with CNC machining (milling and turning) 
Measurement techniques 
Knowledge of tool design

NB. The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your qualifications and experience on your CV relevant to the criteria outlined. 
Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

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Feb 10, 2020


United Kingdom