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Panasonic Supplier Quality Engineer in Bridgeton, Missouri


  • Serves as an active quality liaison and main point of contact between suppliers, supply chain, operations and design engineering when major quality problems exist that affect product quality. Works with suppliers to obtain and close Corrective Actions and to ensure that root causes have been properly identified and eliminated.

  • Responsible for addressing and resolving supplier issues and driving formal corrective action. Leads the tracking and root cause analysis of designated supplier’s product/process non-conformances. Recommends resolution to non-conformances where appropriate.

  • Ability to lead and conduct Supplier Assessments in conjunction with Supply Chain to qualify potential new suppliers or evaluate existing suppliers. Works with existing supply base to meet quality standards. Works with the Supply Chain organization to develop new suppliers capable of meeting quality standards.

  • Drives the part approval (PPAP) and quality improvement processes using the appropriate tools (PFMEA’s, process flow charts, control plans, capability studies, part layouts, Gage R & R, SPC, etc.) as required.

  • Works with Supply Chain management to identify strategic suppliers and uses the supplier scorecard system to monitor performance of those strategic suppliers.

  • Assists suppliers with statistical analysis of process potential (Ppk) and process capability (Cpk) where necessary to improve performance.

  • Works with key suppliers to develop and implement quality targets and plans. Assists with Supplier performance monitoring, including: PPM’s, 8D, % On-time delivery, % PPAP completed on-time and first time; ECN’s initiated at PPAP.

  • Supports and assists suppliers to improve quality and reduce total cost per part by eliminating waste in the supply chain process. Use 6 sigma and lean manufacturing/lean enterprise tools to drive the results.

  • Represents the company to all external parties (customer and supplier) in a professional and beneficial manner.

  • Responsible for establishing, reviewing, and approving all suppler requirements related to Quality Systems on assigned new product developments.

  • Supports suppliers (or participates where appropriate) in effective Process Failure Mode Analysis to ensure all failure modes are captured, all appropriate failure modes from the DFMEA are carried over into the process FMEA, all rankings are appropriately assigned, actions are taken against high RPN’s, and historical "lessons learned" information is carried over into current PFMEA’s.

  • Maintains effective and professional relationships with managers and personnel at both supplier and customer locations.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field

  • A minimum of 5 years quality related experience

  • Experience working in two or more functional areas: Engineering, Project Management, Quality, Manufacturing or Operations is preferred

  • Able to travel 25% - 50% of the time