Tenneco Supplier Development Manager in Monroe, Michigan

Supplier Development Manager

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Job Description


The Supplier Development Manager is responsible for defining and implementing global supplier development strategies to significantly improve the Tenneco global supply base, including On-site supplier development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors organization's experience with existing vendors/suppliers and products/services.

  • Successfully organizes problem solvers and stakeholders for high-impact problems.

  • Discusses how lean approach integrates operations, customers, logistics and product development.

  • Develops alternative techniques for assessing accuracy and relevance various problem solving techniques (fishbone, 5 why, 8D, Process Diagram).

  • Organizes potential problem solvers and leads multi-functional problem resolution efforts.

  • Monitors industry for best practices and new techniques in problem-solving.

  • Discusses the organizational and cultural transformation needed for effective lean implementation.

  • Correlates requirements to Quality Manual, AIAG, TS, ISO, VDA, etc.

  • Key Support for development of evaluation, selection and certification criteria for approved vendor status. Manages multiple evaluation, selection, and certification initiatives.

  • Develops quality standards and controls for suppliers; monitors product quality. Advanced knowledge for minimum 4 different commodities, can be used as key support.

  • Participates in defining policies for the vendor/supplier selection and evaluation process.

  • Assists with identification and development of suppliers in Emerging Markets, implementing quality and productivity improvement initiatives at existing suppliers, and deploying standardized supplier quality management systems throughout Tenneco; responsible for their designated region; train team on supplier development systems.

  • Supports Tenneco manufacturing plants and businesses on major critical quality and supplier issues.

  • Evaluates potential suppliers for a wide variety of products. Support /Conduct assessments and evaluations of potential and benchmarked suppliers to support Commodity team supplier qualification and registration. Support Commodity teams to identify new suppliers in alignment with new product/customers performance requirements. Assess supplier’s manufacturing capabilities, available capacity, manufacturing processes, technology and quality procedures. Provide supplier technical assistance to commodity teams as and when required.

  • Trains Quality Technicians/supplier in proper use of APQP and PPAP tool set. Lead APQP for complicated components and assemblies.

  • Mentors advanced Supplier Development Engineers in use of production problem solving tools; using statistical problem solving tools to resolve especially difficult capability problems.

  • Actively participates in sourcing decision making reviews with commodity teams; Stay abreast with new and emerging technologies and apply knowledge of international business climate to help source suppliers in global markets.

  • Supports global purchasing needs during supplier transitions, supplier rationalization and localization programs. Support interface between suppliers and the SCM commodity teams to help new supplier launches.

  • Drives supplier quality and productivity improvements. Conduct supplier quality audits as required. Review supplier’s manufacturing processes and costs and prepare recommendations to effect cost reductions. Follow up with implementation of valid cost reduction ideas.

  • Supports cross-functional launch team design / Risk evaluation manufacturability supplier review meetings to assure form, fit and function of product / assembly design intent.

  • Assists with the ongoing, long-term improvement of employees' skills and define the new employee training requirements.

  • Produces training materials for in-house courses; utilizing a variety of the training methodologies, techniques, concepts, learning tools, and practices to ensure maximum effectiveness of training programs. Evaluates effectiveness of training to specific job applications.

  • Develops validation method for training – certification requirements for Tenneco auditors.

  • Further responsibilities include On-site supplier development, helping with identification and development of suppliers, implementing quality and productivity improvement initiatives at existing suppliers using tools such as VA/VE, Six Sigma, Lean management practices, Best Practice technology, Risk assessment, Manufacturability review, APQP etc.

  • Ability to travel as required: Estimated 40% - 50%

Required Experience

  • B.S. Degree in a related business, engineer degree or technical discipline

  • Minimum 5 years experience in Quality and Supplier Development

  • Experience in interviewing and auditing suppliers

  • Minimum 5 years' demonstrated experience in building a team and building functional excellence (developing and implementing new processes to improve performance of function).

  • Minimum 5 years' demonstrated experience in utilizing tools (Six Sigma, Lean, 8D and/or Shainin, etc.) to solve supplier issues and developing suppliers in automotive industry

  • Highest level candidate would also have very solid purchasing experience with the ability to understands business side of equation as well as technical/manufacturing.

  • Team leadership experience

  • Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt

  • Knowledge of electro mechanical manufacturing product & processes is required

  • Familiar with a range of materials and processes; eg., steel, stamping, forging, machining, casting, cold heading, rubber, plastic, heat treating, etc

  • Experience with supplier assessment and audits, TS and/or ISO audit certification desired

  • APQP, PFMEA, and Control Plan training and practical experience required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree

  • Automotive manufacturing experience

  • Able to look at the vision, identify gaps in the assessment

  • Demonstrable ability to lead problem solving activities using the 8-discipline approach. Able to train suppliers and peers on various problem solving methodology (8D, 5 Why's, Is isnot, 6M, Shainin, etc.), as well as on different commodities and what to look for during assessment - depending on the commodity.

  • Demonstrable ability to lead problem solving activities using the 8-discipline approach.

  • Demonstrated ability and skills to support supplier development activities, continuous improvement initiatives and quality management tools.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, champion change and execute strategies to meet goals.

  • Strong team player with proven ability to work effectively on cross-functional teams.

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.

  • Demonstrated self-starter and able to work independently, as needed to execute strategies to meet goals.

  • Focus (customer focus, focus on results, data driven, KPI-focused); Accountability (change agent); Teamwork (within the team, with other departments, with representatives from the supply base

  • Integrity; Results (execution and discipline, innovation, sense of urgency)

  • Ability to work closely together with different cultures

  • Strong people management and leadership skills and diplomacy when needed

Job Location

Monroe, Michigan, United States

Position Type


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