Supplier Sustaining Engineer
Smith & Nephew Inc. - Andover, MA

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The Supplier Sustaining Engineer (SSE) is primarily responsible for the management of robust Supplier Sustaining Engineering programs for designated manufacturing and development activities. Emphasis will be on supplier and OEM actitivies that will assure that products meet design and process specificaiton consistently. The Supplier Sustaining Engineer will be responsible to lead the implementation of data driven decisions and proven processes by utilizing engineering techniques and tools such as six sigma/DMAIC, statistics, predictive indicators, process validation, SPC, DOE, PFMEA, PPM defective, rolled throughout yield, root cause analysis, etc. Deploy all critical to quality (CTQ) control plans and measurement system analysis (MSA/Gage R&R). In addition, the SSE will work with teams to develop supplier risk mitigation process and supplier handbook.


Lead the effort in Supply Chain Management by working directly with suppliers to improve product quality and to mitigate, control and resolve supplier quality issues. Enlist support from internal company personnel and departments as needed

. Utilize standard and advance statistical techniques to determine product acceptance, evaluate process capabilities, and develop statistically sound tolerance limits. Serve as a member or lead auditor of process auditing team and as lead auditor for existing supplier base as required.

Collects NCMR, deviations/concessions and related quality data for trending, scorecard maintenance and supplier performance reports to enable risk mitigation

. Includes such activities as supplier assessment, supplier/product qualification and test method aligment. Provides key supplier performance information to the department manager, senior management and outside departments.

Support PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) execution and management

on downstream supplier development qualification, conducts source and first article inspection in coordination with Manufacturing, R&D and Incoming Quality Control.

Supports Supplier Change Process through the process change management procedure. Develops and implements overall quality plan, including needed inspection, test and audit procedures; assist with identification of needed reliability testing; identification and procurement of inspection equipment, gauges, etc. Can be asked to support process and product validation.

Develops SOP's and incoming inspection documents, modifies existing drawings and specifications for improvement quality and correcting errors. Initiates and approves engineering change requests (ECR's) if required.

Supports customer complaints on supply chain related issues by assisting in the analysis and the development of corrective action and proper documentation of complaint analysis


5-7 years of overall engineering experience required

2+ years Medical Device experience preferred

Project Management Skills

Statistical Analysis


Structured Problem Solving Process (A3, DMAIC, 5 Why's, 8D, etc.)

Decision Making

Exercising Influence

Ability to Influence at all Levels of Internal/External Organization



Self Motivated

Ability to Motivate Others


Quality Assurance

Primary Location



Global Operations



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