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Utilizing Rivian processes based on industry standards from VDA and AIAG, the Supplier Quality Engineer – Battery Cell will be responsible for sourcing and managing the quality performance of our battery supply base.
• Carry out supplier assessment and validation audits
• Drive supplier advanced product quality planning (APQP) to meet quality and timing expectations for production part approval (PPAP).
• Work with Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements
• Lead the supplier approval process by assessing manufacturing/technology capabilities and Health, Safety and Environmental risks
• Support new product launches to ensure that supplier quality meets the required standards
• Facilitate root cause analysis and corrective actions of supplier quality and capacity issues
• Perform on-site supplier visits for root cause analysis and verification of correction actions of supplier quality issues
• Review supplier manufacturing processes, collaborate with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities (VA/VE)
• Promote the use of Rivian preferred techniques for continuous improvement such as Lean, Six-Sigma, Poka-Yoke (Error Proofing), Measurement System Analysis, and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA)
• Provide concise, complete and accurate documentation of inspection results relative to area of responsibility.
• Facilitate the escalation of unresolved supplier quality issues within assigned projects and suppliers
• Report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to support the Quality organization to monitor and report on supplier product quality and performance
• Participate in cross-functional teams in the development of new products or changes related to current products in meeting customer requirements
• Manage and coordinate supplier Parts Per Million (PPM), supplier problem solving on time, cost recovery and supplier warranty indicators
• Undertake special projects as required
• Contribute to continuous improvement activities
• Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to leadership
• Achieve goals within budget
• Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs
• Technical expertise in batteries, cells, etc. and the supply base.
• Deep quality experience. Preferable experience/certification in VDA 6.3 audit
• Knowledge of Geometric Design and Tolerancing (GD&T) and datum structures
• Strong knowledge of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
• Lean Manufacturing knowledge
• In depth knowledge of IATF16949:2016
• Understanding of ISO14001
• Metrology, Inspection Methods and Equipment
• Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings
• Understanding manufacturing processes
• Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment
• Planning and prioritizing activities
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Listening skills
• Negotiation skills
• Ability to present data effectively
• Problem-solving skills
• Understanding of Health and Safety practices
• Team working skills
• Analytical skills
• Understanding of cost and financial impacts
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