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Want to join us on our exciting journey?

Volvo Cars is on an exciting journey, redefining the automotive experience by innovating to make people’s lives less complicated. We offer you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make an impact in a company with unique opportunities to grow and make a true difference.


We are seeking a Supplier Performance Engineer for our team in Charleston, SC to help lead launch activities for the new vehicle platforms.  The purpose with the role is to pro-actively evaluate and manage the supplier manufacturing and logistics systems & related processes to eliminate all variability issues from suppliers (Quality and Delivery). Collaborates with other professionals to refine product and process designs to increase feasibility and flow, in order to improve quality and decrease costs.



Responsibilities are the tasks or duties that must be performed well to succeed in a role. 

  • Collaborate with Global Category Team for respective Commodities
  • Lead the planning and execution of audit activities across the global organization, ensuring that the level of audit intervention is commensurate with business risk and that key areas of risk are prioritized. Identify organization-wide issues, securing appropriate business process or system improvements. Ensure that relevant governance committees are informed of significant issues and the actions being taken to resolve these. Identify and manage stakeholders up to management level, finding out their needs/issues/concerns and reacting to these by leading and coordinating the development of stakeholder engagement plans to support the communication of business information and decisions. 
  • Develop and write materials that are highly visible, such as sensitive presentations to critical audiences. 
  • Drive Program Launch with Volvo Stakeholders and Supplier Team. 
  • Monitor and manage a wide range of activities of a significant team, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements by liaising with all internal risk management functions while supporting the development and implementation of the organization's compliance policy. 
  • Contribute to development for procedures and interprets and applies policy for area of expertise to achieve specified outputs, or advise the wider business on application of policy, then monitor implementation of those procedures within the organization. 
  • Provide internal and external training or coaching to others in own area of expertise to enable performance improvement. 
  • Annual phase - Support Commodity Business Plans, CBP
  • Sourcing - Perform supplier evaluations prior to sourcing decision
  • Program and launch phase - Lead APQP reviews, drive resolution of supplier related actions, communicate risks with Program Management team, secure PPAP delivery to required timing
  • Running operations - Perform regular systemic assessments and drive deviation resolution. Drive continuous improvement of suppliers (incl. VQE). Drive resolution of quality incidents (8D process) and delivery issues (incl. constraint cases).

Volvo Core Competencies 

  • Collaborates: Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. 
  • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.  
  • Self-development: Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels.  
  • Builds trust: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.  


Role Competencies, to be Focused

  • Ensures accountability: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Plans and aligns: Plans and prioritizes work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Manages complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems. Quickly determines the most critical data and focuses analysis there, recognizes subtle symptoms that indicate problems, probes deeply for root causes and uses systematic methods for problem solving.
  • Optimizes work processes: Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Customer focus: Builds strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions
  • Courage: Steps up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.

Required Qualifications for SPM Role

  • Technical university degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience with an emphasis in quality, new product launches, and process development in the automotive industry.
  • High school degree or GED required
  • Strong applied knowledge in APQP, PPAP, problems solving methodologies and lean principles.
  • Project management experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in supplier Greensite start-ups preferred.
  • Experience in functional plastics or BIW commodities 
  • 8D corrective action process.
  • Computer skills (MS Office and especially Excel)
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% - 70% of working time
  • Language skills: fluent in written and oral English


Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Volvo Car is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship.


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Ridgeville, SC, US, 29472

Job requisition ID:  71312

Nearest Major Market: Charleston South Carolina
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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