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Engineer Supplier Quality - Remote


Cleveland, OH, US

REQ ID:  35182

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Job Title: Engineer Supplier Quality

Location: Cleveland, OH or Remote



Job Summary and Mission:

The supplier quality engineer is responsible for the planning and executing activities concerned with the development and maintenance of Kennametal’s quality standards with our suppliers. This includes the assistance of developing and maintaining supplier processes, procedures, and manuals; liaising with suppliers, performing supplier audits, reviews, and coordinating supplier improvements activities.  This person will focus on supporting the supplier base for global manufacturing locations, all facets of the supplier quality system, responding to local, regional and global issues through formal problem-solving techniques, driving continuous supplier improvement through advanced manufacturing principles, and working closely with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure long-term success.  


 Key Job Responsibilities:

· Assist with maintaining our supplier quality management systems, including our supplier quality manual, procedures, scorecards, and improvement activities.

·Responsible for supporting all elements of the supplier quality management system including, first piece approvals, periodic production part inspections, product/process validations, and improvement, control plan development and adherence, non-conforming material containment, root cause analysis, and CAPA

·Responsible for assisting in supplier corrective actions as it pertains to internal or external failures.

·Responsible for supplier development. In conjunction with the Global Quality Department, identify development opportunities based on risk and benefit. Development opportunities include, but are limited to, improved inspection initiatives, leveraging technology, mistake proofing, capacity improvement, or quality management opportunities.

·Perform special projects as assigned by the Supplier Quality Manager. Perform trend analysis and establish ongoing supplier quality metrics.

·Assist in researching, sourcing, and assessing the best vendors to supply the necessary materials.

·Perform initial supplier assessments and ongoing supplier audits. The position plays a key role in oversight, development, and approval of process validations at supplier sites

· Review and evaluate supplier quality data to improve supply chain; develop current suppliers, phase out current suppliers, and or phase in new supplier.

· Review suppliers manufacturing processes and collaborate on process improvements and or design to cost initiatives.

· Promote the use of continuous improvement and risk mitigation tools, such as lean, six sigma, poka-yoke, FMEA

· Manage supplier key performance indicators and work with Supply Chain Leaders to improve. Serves as a key point of contact to Quality and Supply Chain partners for Supplier Quality issues and coordinates with the supplier to drive timely resolution of Supplier Quality related issues.


Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates


Candidates should possess a 4-year technical degree; an Engineering or Metallurgical degree is required.

·Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills and experience in structured problem solving (example A3, 8D, quick problem solving).

· Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and act strategically and tactically to support successful project completion

· At least five years of quality experience within the manufacturing industry.

· Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

· Excellent communication skills.

Drivers License · Six Sigma, ASQ certification CMQ/OE highly desired.


As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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