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Supplier Quality Engineer
IN - Bristol


The Requirements
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To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, preferably in Mechanical or Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering. Quick question for you - click here In addition, to be a good fit for the Supplier Quality Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • 5+ years of relevant supplier quality engineering/quality systems experience, ideally in automotive or other industry with formal quality programs
  • Knowledge of basic email, spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software; Minitab knowledge is a plus
  • Relevant professional certifications, such as ASQ-CSQP, CQE or Six Sigma are a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to:
    • Influence and motivate others
    • Lead and work with cross-functional teams
    • A collaborative approach along with a willingness to be assertive as necessary
    • Strong follow-up and follow-through habits
  • Ability to travel 50-70%, primarily in the Midwest
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Make Your Mark in a Broad Role on the Corporate Quality Team at a Fast-Growing Industry Leader

Opportunity Snapshot
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Grow your skills in this new role, and build a career home in an environment driven by innovation

Manufacturing quality expertise, strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and a persistent drive to results. If this describes you, this position offers you some great opportunities. You will:
  • Make an impact in a newly created role on the corporate quality team supporting all nine of Utilimaster's production facilities in North America Quick question for you - click here
  • Expand your experience in a broad role that includes resolving issues impacting multiple plants, coordinating with the warranty team, developing and monitoring the supply base, and more
  • Showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance at a company that is proactive about supporting career growth -- we encourage employees to explore a variety of career paths within the organization
  • Support ongoing innovation, such as the Velocity F-Series (pictured); it offers big-truck interior space without requiring a commercial driver's license, thus expanding the pool of potential drivers for fleet operators
  • Join at an exciting time -- across The Shyft Group we are pursuing aggressive growth strategies, creating opportunities for strong performers
Utilimaster moves ahead of the competition when commercial trucks and upfit services require precision, planning, peerless people, and the perfect vehicle. Our vehicles deliver for well-respected global brands in the package delivery, ecommerce, food and beverage, linen and laundry, grocery and pharmaceutical markets. Utilimaster is a top-tier go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group (NASDAQ: SHYF), North America’s leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. The Shyft Group rebranded in 2020 to reflect a new focus on high-growth end markets to help ensure long-term profitable growth.
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Director of Quality, you will be responsible for establishing relationships with Utilimaster and its supplier partners by:
  • Establishing positive supplier relationships
  • Assessing supplier capabilities to ensure support of achievement of Utilimaster performance goals
  • Monitoring and improving supplier performance
  • Continuous improvement of supplier products and processes
Pictured: Utilimaster's success depends on the hard work and craftsmanship of our many talented employees.
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Why Join Us
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Professional development
The broad exposure provided by this role can set you up to pursue opportunities in a variety of areas -- we don't put people in silos. You could set your sights on moving up within the Quality organization, or move into Continuous Improvement, Materials, Manufacturing, or other functions.

Stability and growth
The Shyft Group is financially sound and will continue to be an aggressive market disrupter through strategic acquisitions, relevant product innovations, and aggressive growth models that serve strong and growing end markets. Be assured, our accelerated growth trajectory will create opportunities for strong performers.

Focused transformation
Utilimaster, alongside The Shyft Group's family of well-respected brands, continues to lead in every segment in which they compete. The Shyft name represents speed, efficiency, agility, and a high-intensity approach, which corresponds with the company's pivot in market focus and the forward momentum garnered in the work truck, specialty service, and delivery vehicle markets.

Driven to deliver
Ever evolving and advancing, The Shyft Group is driven to make an impactful difference in how effectively goods, people, and services are delivered in today's and tomorrow's marketplace. Through our unmatched industry knowledge, engineering expertise, and manufacturing reach, we continue to deliver job-enhancing, efficiency-driving, ever-reliable products and services made for the road ahead.

Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus, we offer medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance plans; a health savings account; a flexible savings account; wellness credits; a wellness program; a 401(k) plan with a corporate match; an employee stock purchase program and more.
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More about the requirements
In addition to the qualifications listed under The Requirements tab, we're looking for a professional who has:

For the duration of the pandemic, travel will be somewhat limited, but once it is safe to do so, you should expect to travel 50% to 70% of the time. Most travel will be in the Midwest, but other domestic and international travel will be required.

More about the role
In addition to the responsibilities under The Role tab, consider a few more details:

You can expect to invest the majority of your time in four areas:
  • Solving supplier problems that impact multiple facilities
  • Working with the warranty team to cascade teams and conditions, resolve issues, validate chargebacks and more
  • Developing and monitoring the supply base, including implementing supplier scorecards, evaluating processes, regularly review top suppliers and more
  • Develop a robust supplier quality manual, communicate it to the supply base, and ensure suppliers adhere to it
A sampling of more specific responsibilities:
  • Assess and develop potential new suppliers
  • Monitor Supplier Performance and identify improvement opportunities
  • Initiate and close supplier improvement action plans based on performance data
  • Serve as a liaison between Utilimaster plants and suppliers
  • Champion the problem-solving process for significant issues, such as major line disruptions or issues affecting multiple plants
  • Identify high-risk suppliers for both current production and new product launches using historical, current, and forecasted data
  • Validate supplier capacity and process capability for high-risk suppliers with on-site run-at-rates
  • And more
As an essential business, we have strong protocols in place protecting our employees and safeguarding their health, across all of our plant operations. 

More about your success
We understand that there will be a learning curve, and we'll provide training and support. However, with your experience and expertise, you should be able to hit the ground running and start making an impact in short order. Your quality expertise will be essential, but just as important will be the interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of internal and external contacts.

In our fast-paced environment, you will need to be versatile and flexible, and able to pivot quickly to manage constantly changing priorities effectively. Against this backdrop, you will need to maintain a commitment to high standards. In addition, in order to be an outstanding Supplier Quality Manager, you will:
  • Communicate the supplier quality big picture while also paying close attention to detail
  • Use sound judgment and make timely, and sometimes difficult, decisions
  • Combine analytical savvy and creativity in solving problems
  • Achieve individual goals autonomously and also contribute as a team player
  • Bring a strong sense of urgency, but also take the time necessary to ensure high-quality results
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Utilimaster is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at laura.eaton@theshyftgroup.com.