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Site SQM Engineer

1. Business structure linkage - Process/ Part of organisation

Supplier Quality Management / Supplier Quality & Logistics


2. Purpose

The Site SQM Engineer is responsible for an allocated set of supplier manufacturing locations. The engineer's activities are focused on product and process performance at external suppliers, supporting both new programs and running production.

The role interacts closely with Volvo Cars R&D, the Program SQM (Supplier Quality Management) and Commercial Purchasing organization.


3. Main Tasks

Completing activities included in the Site SQM Engineer's role requires frequent travel to suppliers' sites. The extent of this travel depends upon various conditions, including the suppliers' segmentation, specific type of activities, urgent situations, and distance to supplier(s).

The Site SQM Engineer's main tasks are to lead or support within the areas of:


Sourcing for Quality

  • Support CBP Commodity Business Plan
  • Assess potential of supplier to achieve VQE
  • Support sourcing with Quality data collection
  • Review/concur supplier selection with Purchasing


Quality assurance of new programs (VPDS)

  • Drive quality assurance process with suppliers APQP
  • Participate in Supplier Engagement process
  • Drive quality execution of manufacturing related issues
  • Drive resolution on open supplier issues
  • Drive supplier completion of flawless launch initiatives
  • Conduct evidence review as required
  • Verify the completeness of status Red, Yellow, Green assessment
  • Very Red/Yellow work plans are adequate
  • Review & approve PSW packages according to PPAP level (Level 2-5)
  • Schedule level 5 PSW's
  • Support the supplier to communicate PSW (Part Submission Warrant) approval / rejection reason to program
  • Drive capability (Cpk)
  • Analyse capacity, capability & drive improvement
  • Communicate rejection and reason to Program
  • Provide supplier on-site assistance as required
  • Provide Site Lessons Learned to Program/Suppliers
  • Review & sign-off DFMEA, PFMEA and Control Plans (PPAP level 2-5)
  • Co-develop and approve SC/CC's using SCA process
  • Communicate concerns to Program SQM
  • Approve PSWs (phase 0+, phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3)


Supplier site Improvement

  • Visit sites as required for MSA and LDA
  • Drive resolution of open issues from action plan in MSA and LDA
  • Drive continuous improvement and resolution of systemic site concerns
  • Develop work plan to reduce QR
  • Schedule and conduct reviews with supplier management as required
  • Use VSIM to monitor supplier progress
  • Review & follow up on supplier work plan to achieve VQE
  • Drive VQE attainment, or work with purchasing to re-source according to fix or leave.
  • Update VSIM database
  • Provide site lessons learned to program / suppliers
  • Deploy 6 Sigma /  lean deployment as required


8-D / Concern Resolution, QOS, Warranty Reduction, Field Action/Stop Shipment (FASS)

  • Review 8Ds, ensure timely resolution, verify corrective actions, and cascade lessons learned
  • Monitor & verify QOS through supplier site self-assessment reviews, during Manufacturing Site Assessments and on other site visits
  • Support warranty cost reduction programs in case of supplier responsible concerns (when applicable)
  • Schedule and conduct Field Action / Stop Shipment Review (FASS) in cases of supplier responsible concerns (when applicable)


4. Responsibility

Site SQM Engineer is responsible for the following deliverables related to their tasks and assigned supplier manufacturing sites:

  • Manufacturing Sites current production performance, VQE status, Introduction of new products and driving continuous improvement.
  • Complete the Sourcing Approach Assessment, Supplier Quality Sourcing Evaluation.
  • Conduct recurring APQP and SEP reviews with program High Impact Suppliers.
  • Secure corrective action plans for any incomplete or inadequate item.
  • Complete part approval and capacity verification activities for assigned parts.
  • Maintain supplier VQE work plan information.

5. Authority

The Site SQM Engineer Has the authority to approve:

  • PSW / phased PPAP.
  • Run at Rate and Verification Run
  • VQE Site Assessment.

6. Competence Requirements

  • MSc and/or equivalent work experience

Summerville, SC, US

Job requisition ID:  19769

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

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