Supplier Engineer Lead

Sveta Nedelja, Croatia


  • Training and development of supplier engineers
  • Project planning and execution with suppliers
  • Quality validation of parts
  • Volume verification
  • Root cause and countermeasure of problems
  • Confirming project status through auditing suppliers
  • Support pre-production build events
  • Travel to suppliers (Typically Europe and Asia)
  • and other tasks as assigned by a line manager


Decision-making authorities

  • Judgement for supplier capability to supply parts (quality and delivery)
  • Approve internal and supplier quality control documentation
  • Approve parts for use in pre-production and mass production
  • Agree root cause analysis and countermeasure proposals
  • Implementation and improvement of process to meet the needs of P3

Managerial authorities             

  • Manage a team of supplier engineers
  • Ensure tasks for the project are cascaded and completed by the team
  • Reporting project status for the team


  • Develop and coach the supplier engineers to be able to achieve requirements of their role.
  • Identify project risks and ensure appropriate actions in place to minimise occurence of risk.
  • Ensure supplier project plans are in-line with P3 targets and complete regular project reviews and resolve issues as they arise.
  • Take a lead role with the development and maturation of the complex commodities.
  • Confirm supplier capability and feed into the supplier nomination process.
  • Develop suppliers where gaps exist against P3 requirements.
  • Confirm design for manufacture and ensure issues raised are closed to meet project deliverables.
  • Cascade key product characteristics to supplier and confirm they are included as part of supplier quality system.
  • Inspection and validation of parts against engineering standards and resolve any non-conformances.
  • Capacity planning and verification to check if supplier can achieve P3 volumes.
  • Conduct regular audits at suppliers to confirm project status and process validation.
  • Design change management with supplier.
  • Reporting project status to internal stakeholders.



  • Design for Manufacture, Significant Characteristics, DFMEA, PFMEA, Control Plans, Process Capability, and Measurement System Analysis
  • OEE and Run at Rates.
  • Read engineering drawings and understand measurement method and production validation requirements.
  • Appreciation of manufacturing processes and key controls used in the automotive industry supply base.
  • Demonstrate good project management skills (Prince 2 or Agile qualification desirable).
  • Qualified engineer (ideally to degree level).
  • Excellent leadership skills and cast a positive shadow
  • Build and foster relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Have integrity when making decisions.
  • Enjoy problem solving and have a logical approach to understand root cause and apply appropriate countermeasures.
  • Effective communication skills in both written and verbal.
  • Be able to negotiate to overcome and resolve obstacles.
  • Achieve deadlines, work under pressure and remain resilant when faced with challenges.
  • Willingness to learn, adopt new ideas and challenge existing methods.
  • Take ownership of the project and provide solutions to problems.
  • Act in a timely manner to prevent risks from the project impacting P3 milestones

SENIORITY LEVEL: Medium (5 years+)

Supplier Engineer Lead

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Supplier Engineer Lead

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