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Duties / Responsibilities (Including Objectives of the role):
Management of supply base quality activities for programme(s) ensuring both proactive and reactive actions are in place to assure production of OK parts for Manufacturing and Projects.
 
Supplier Audit/Assessment:
­ Ensure supplier audit/site assessments conducted against Plan for Series Production and Projects
­ Drive resolution of open issues raised by team

Supplier Development
­ Agree supplier development activity plan with internal stakeholders
­ Ensure team achieves plan and PPM / Quality improvements achieved
­ Report out KPIs and status within Lotus and escalate issues as required

New Part Introduction and Supplier Preparation
­ Develop Quality Planning (APQP)/PPAP activity plan for new projects
­ Ensure all supplier visits completed and manage completion of actions raised
­ Report approval status at Lotus project reviews and gateways including key issues resolution plans
-            Management of PPAP/LPAP activities, including parts readiness & part approvals

Project and Production Support
­ Interface between Lotus factory/Parts Quality and SQA team to ensure issues are prioritised and addressed in a timely manner
-            Root cause analysis/Troubleshooting at suppliers to ensure continuity of supply of assured parts

Supplier Sourcing
­ Interface with Lotus Purchasing Management to ensure consistent sourcing direction and consensus
­ Manage business relationships within the supply base
 

Qualifications and Experience (Essential & Desirable criteria)
Essential:
Degree or similar – Mechanical, Electrical or Automotive Engineering.
Automotive OEM or 1st tier supplier SQA experience, must have sound knowledge of APQP systems & procedures.
MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint.
SQA experience in related industry or 1st tier supplier.
Self starter, able to work under own initiative.
Must possess ‘presence’, be assertive, articulate & logical in order to have high credibility with supplier senior management.
Capability to operate under pressure.
Must be able to demonstrate good problem solving skills & logical approach.
Pro-active approach to supplier development.
Good verbal & written English, ideally with a second European language.
Full UK clean driving licence or equivalent. Flexibility and ability to travel at short notice UK / EU / Worldwide

Desirable 
Structure Problem Solving approach – e.g. 8D, Six Sigma etc
Knowledge of Lotus systems; MPPDM & IFS
SQA experience in Automotive OEM