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Supplier Quality Engineer

  • Job reference: 924185
  • Location: Inverness, Highlands
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Engineering, Manufacturing & Facilities, Life Sciences
  • Date posted: 01/04/2019

Supplier Quality Engineer

Technical Competencies & Responsibilities

  • Has a planning outlook out to the next quarter
  • Translates given tactics and measures into actions, independently.
  • May participate in goal setting.
  • Leads simple projects within own function. Contributes to cross functional or global projects.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvements in own area of work.
  • Makes decisions based on data. Technically proficient. Escalates issues as appropriate.
  • Is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert for a narrow defined area of responsibility.


  • Works with product development teams to ensure materials are appropriately qualified and fit for both customer needs and manufacturability.


  • Leads day-to-day support of operations and operations quality for supplier related escalations.
  • Works with business partners and suppliers to ensure product quality and compliance to the quality systems.
  • Leads activities such as defect reduction initiatives, quality metric improvements, root cause analysis, problem solving.
  • Support supplier activities related to transfer of product design to suppliers and into operations.
  • Participates in activities related to transfer of product design into operations
  • Drives others to use Plan-Do-Check-Act and other established problem-solving methods.
  • Supports/leads supplier validation and capability initiatives at supplier

Quality System

  • Understands the breadth of the quality system. monitoring, risk management activities.
  • Supports and drives improvements to supplier quality systems
  • Trains others in quality systems, tools and objectives.


  • Participates in and leads activities within the quality system such as: change control, design control, NC, CAPA, supplier monitoring, risk management activities.

Global Leadership Principles


  • Results & Performance Driven
  • Sense of urgency
  • Prudent Risk Taking
  • Collaboration & Teaming

  • Desirable:
  • Organization & Talent Development
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Self Awareness & Adaptability
  • Big Picture Orientation


  • Essential:
  • Degree in applicable discipline e.g. Engineering or Life Sciences degree with experience in a manufacturing environment or suitable experience
  • Formal Problem solving techniques, e.g. PeX Green Belt
  • Desirable:
  • Chartered Engineer / Scientist
  • Advanced Formal Problem solving techniques, e.g. PeX Black Belt
  • ASQ CQE certification or equivalent
  • Experience in a manufacturing



  • Quality systems
  • Product Knowledge
  • Manufacturing knowledge
  • Working knowledge of regulatory and compliance environment e.g. ISO 13485:2003; 21 CFR Part 820, ISO 14971 and ISO 15197
  • Risk Management tools e.g. FMEA; SRA; DOE
  • Statistics
  • Working knowledge of failure investigation


  • Process Excellence
  • Process/technical Transfer
  • Knowledge of diabetes
  • Budgetary control
  • Formal Leadership / Management training



  • Meeting Management
  • Technical Leadership Skills
  • Quality Acumen
  • Data driven decision making
  • Time Management
  • Ability to train others
  • Proactive approach to issue identification and problem resolution
  • Verbal communications
  • Resilient and ability to work under pressure.
  • Trouble shooting and problem solving skills
  • Change Management experience


  • Lean experience
  • Training / mentoring / coaching of technical staff
  • Demonstrated Project Management skills

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.

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