Provide leadership and direction to suppliers to ensure compliance to GKN's Supplier Standards, QCD (Quality, Cost, and Delivery) performance process requirements, ISO/TS16949 quality systems, and PPAP process. Ensure KPIs are measured and managed and that results are reported.
Develop and manage a supplier monitoring system (scorecard) to objectively measure overall performance. Challenge suppliers to continuously improve to meet targets.
Ensure timely reporting of supplier performance, aligned with the voice of the customer.
Support formal assessment of suppliers by conducting supplier audits in compliance with the purchasing functional milestones.
Implement Quality Improvement Activity for external suppliers on business hold or on escalation with GKN or the customer.
Manage Supplier Concern and Complaint Management process (CCM) and take corrective action when necessary, including reporting of cost of quality for further chargeback to the supplier
Support GKN change management approval process for changes to product specification and/or manufacturing quality processes related to the supplier. Ensure adequate internal controls, including new PPAP approval where required, to manage all potential associated risks.
Ensure Problem Solving with external suppliers follows appropriate GKN & customer problem solving processes.
Undertake training when identified to improve business capability and allow for changes in technology and quality requirements. Continuously improve supplier quality sub function.
Product Safety Responsibilities
Adhere to the GKN Product Safety Policy and Product Safety Procedure.
Immediately report PPSI (Potential Product Safety and Integrity) concerns to the Quality Manager in production or the Chief Engineer in development.
Ensure GKN suppliers understand and adhere to special characteristic management per GKN's standard.
Ensure GKN suppliers understand and adhere to GKN's PPSI reporting and corrective action process.
Qualification and Skills
Bachelor's Degree in technical field with 5 years of work experience or equivalent
VDA 6.3 auditor certified
Specific Functional Capabilities, Knowledge and Skills Required
Effective written and verbal communication skills, familiar with MS Office tools.
Formal problem-solving skills (5WHYs, 8D, fishbone, PPS, etc)
Experience with core quality tools, including SPC, APQP, and PPAP
Project Management skills
Experience with on-site Audits.
Supplier or Purchasing environment experience
Experience working in Quality Function
Experience with quality processes such as FMEA and PFMEA
Experience/training with ISO/TS 16949 systems
Interpretation of drawings and technical specifications (including GD&T)
Understanding of GKN driveline products and processes
Lean Principles, Continuous Improvement, or Six Sigma training
Is self-aware and aware of others. Recognises what people need and responds flexibly.
Is positive and proactive; Self-motivated and able to motivate others.
Values continuous learning and growth; Learns from mistakes and identifies opportunities.
Takes ownership of actions, performance, and ways of working. Has personal credibility and impact.
Does the right thing and is constantly looks for better ways to do things. Challenges assumptions and looks for evidence.
Develops personal objectives that align to company goals. Has clear purpose and CI plan linked to vision.
Develops performance and provides feedback; mentors and influences others.
Supports team through changes, ensuring two way communications.
Constantly develops own performance, focusing on speed, efficiency, and effective execution. Focused on continuous improvement and problem solving.
Commits to building relationships with customers and colleagues. Works effectively with diverse teams. Measures success through the eyes of the customer.
Language Skills (Highlight if Essential or Desired)
GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world's leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.
GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world's automotive manufacturers.
Diversity and Inclusion
As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.
A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.
GKN is an equal opportunity employer.
We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
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