ZF Supplier Quality Engineer in Duncan, South Carolina

Supplier Quality Engineer

ZF Chassis Systems Duncan

Position Summary:Primary responsibility is to perform the supplier-related activities to

ensure plant quality, to support in APQP activities and smooth quality launches

of new and modified product, to ensure Supplier Concern Resolution, and to

monitor Supplier Performance to ensure continuous improvement of direct

material suppliers.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, audit,

strategize and develop suppliers.

  • Develop suppliers

through regular supplier visits, planning meetings and APQP tools.

  • Responsible for

any supplier-related activities affecting plant quality.

  • Facilitating

change management for supplier related activities/changes. Perform product launch activities (when

applicable) for customer in accordance with APQP/PPAP guidelines.

  • Monitor supplier

product launch quality activities (when applicable) for customer in

accordance with APQP/PPAP guidelines.

  • Monitor supplier

rating system and activate appropriate corrective actions when needed.

  • Plans and ensures

Safety, Processes and Equipment and budgets are within local and corporate

standards and requirements.

  • Teams with Purchasing to

develop suppliers through interviews and/or plant visits.

  • Monitor and support in approval process through ENGIS of supplier

PPAP’s for Engineering Changes (new and modified parts), interface with

plants, projects, and customers as necessary.

  • Conducts periodic and

special surveys of supplier facilities and manufacturing process to determine

adequacy and capability of quality control and ability to comply with complete


  • Initiates

supplier-related 8D’s to resolve nonconformance, delivery, warranty and/or

other performance issues as necessary, communicates with the relevant QE and/or

supplier, and ensures timely closure and effectiveness.

  • Interfaces with Quality Engineers, inspectors, production

associates, and suppliers to resolve customer complaints resulting from

supplier-related quality problems.

  • Participates in Purchasing/SQE departmental meetings to aid in

organizational planning, reach objectives, and review Supplier Quality

Assurance activities, results and policies.

  • Perform initial problem investigation and containment activities at

the plant or program site for purchased direct materials.

  • Compliance with all Internal and External Production Quality

Management Systems and Group Directives.

  • Performs or directs the inspection of purchased direct materials as

needed, supports in the processing and disposition of supplier

non-conformances, and initiates supplier charge backs to recover

significant costs of quality associated with poor supplier performance by

utilizing SAP and other quality tools as applicable

  • Participates on APQP teams to launch new products

per ZF SQE Structure. Includes supplier

development as applicable, internal documentation, supplier-related

documentation, gaging requirements,including

Run @ Rates, PPAP runoffs, etc.

  • Track supplier performance through monthly KPI.


Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s in Engineering

  • 3-4 years of experience

(internship/co-op included).

  • Strong organizational and task

management skills.

  • Good written and oral communications skills.

  • Self-starter attitude


Skills and experience:

  • Automotive industry experience Internal Auditor


  • Six Sigma training or ZF SQE driver’s license

  • Measurement and test experience

  • General working knowledge of CMM equipment.

  • Working knowledge of GD&T

  • Certified Quality Engineer

  • German

language skills

  • Experienced in utilizing Process Flow Charts,

FMEA’s, and Control Plans.

  • Auditing


  • Stamping

and welding knowledge

  • Aluminum

castings and/or forgings; steel castings and/or forgings; rubber-metal

bonding, machining

ZF North America, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ZF North America, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. ZF North America, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ZF North America, Inc. employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.