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The Senior Supplier Quality Engineer is responsible for continually improving the Watts Water Technologies supplier base by driving supplier improvement efforts. This role will partner with global commodity sourcing, plant quality teams and collaborate with internal departments and external suppliers. This role coordinates all supplier data including supplier surveillance, maintenance of a supplier quality database, metrics, manuals, risk management and ensures alignment of supplier surveillance inspections between Watts sites and our suppliers.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

* Monitor and resolve supplier-related operational issues. Collaborate directly with Quality teams at Watts manufacturing sites to ensure supplier performance is regularly reported and coordinate corrective actions where required.
* Develop quality plans and protocols for product transfers to contracted manufacturing sites.
* Audit and evaluate supplier's internal processes to assess overall compliance and regulatory requirements, including sub-suppliers. Communicate feedback to sourcing team and plant quality to improve operations.
* Monitor the supplier selection process in accordance with the company guidelines.
* Develop a world class Supplier Management Program using Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.
* Act as key contributor to the supplier quality management process. Standardize where possible by conducting supplier audits, monitoring quality-related issues during supplier maintenance and supplier selection process.
* Champion supplier continuous improvement initiatives with Global Commodity Sourcing and Plant Quality teams.
* Participate in the selection of suppliers in the design and development phase as well as the production phase to ensure that the supplier's current and future capabilities will meet the company's needs.
* Collaborate with Global Commodity and Plant Quality teams to develop and prioritize an auditing schedule ensuring that designated suppliers are audited for GMP's, ISO and quality standards.
* Participate in supplier scorecard reviews along with Sourcing Manager and Plant Quality to assess suppliers on their ability to meet quality, delivery, and service levels
* Conduct supplier audits through the SCAR program to ensure suppliers implement and maintain any necessary corrective action program and ensure timely closure of SCARs.
* Develop and maintain an SPC program and evaluate results for continuous improvement and process validation.
* Prepare supplier-related quality metrics for presentations and periodic reviews

EDUCATION:

* Bachelor's Degree in related technical discipline
* Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification
* Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification - preferred

MANAGEMENT:

* Ensure company policies are followed and enforce company safety policies
* No Direct Reports
* Manage Project Teams
* Matrix Supervisor of Resources on Projects



QUALIFICATIONS:

* 10 years of operations experience in industry is required. Minimum 5 years of experience in quality
* Improve supplier quality PPM's
* Work with engineering/procurement qualifying suppliers and parts for new projects
* Demonstrated experience with quality systems requirements.
* Train suppliers in problem solving techniques (8D), quality systems, PPAP and SPC, capability analysis
* Follow single SCAR, validate effectiveness of supplier corrective actions
* Perform formal on-site reviews within assigned commodity
* Promote the Supplier Quality Manual and follow up with suppliers
* Clarify supplier inspection methods using the control plan
* Expedite deviations on urgent issues
* Participate in customer complaint review meetings where suppliers are involved
* Issue PPAP for new/revised parts and follow up
* Perform on site PPAP when applicable
* Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated leadership skills and problem-solving abilities are required.
* Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint including developing graphs and presentations
* In depth GD&T knowledge - preferred
* Low cost regions supplier experience - preferred
* Auditor training with previous auditing experience. CQE - preferred
* Understanding of UL, NSF, WQA (Water Quality Association) - preferred
* This position will require a minimum of 30% travel
* PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
* While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, and/or hear
* The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel
* The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
* WORK ENVIRONMENT:
* Work in office environment
* May occasionally be required to perform job duties outside the typical office setting
* As required by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

EMPLOYEE CORE COMPETENCIES:

1. Collaborate Across Workgroup

2. Initiate Positive Change

3. Deliver High Quality Results

4. Focus on the Customer

5. Develops Self & Others

6. Accountability

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Associated topics: business, cost efficient, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, methods engineer, project, sap, supply, supply chain

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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