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Supplier Development Engineer

Shanghai Shi, China
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description


State the primary function or overall purpose of your position.


Evaluate potential new suppliers and support commodity managers in selection of new suppliers.

Support new programs from the scratch, through sourcing decision, product and process development in suppliers up to early stages of production.

Drive process and systemic quality improvements, at assigned suppliers, to reduce quality non-conformances (DMR) and cost of poor quality.

Detain knowledge on suppliers manufacturing process and products.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Limit yourself to 8-12 statements)


List the essential functions (i.e. key responsibilities with expected end results), which must be accomplished in order to fulfill the purpose of your position as described above.



Driving key supplier process and systemic quality improvements to contribute the supply chain cost out activity through the use of quality tools (SPC, Lean, Six Sigma) and validates improvements through defined measures to reduce quality non-conformances (DMR).



Monitoring suppliers’ performance status (PPM and DMR). Works with suppliers and plant SQE to implement effective 8D corrective action and comprehensive performance improvement plans as required.



Lead Quality/EHS risk assessments (QSA, SSA, and technical assessments), in support of new sourcing, to determine if a supplier’s quality system meets Eaton’s performance thresholds. Set Action Plans to fulfill gaps found on QSA assessment, support and assure implementation plan. Act on sourcing recommendation to lead risk mitigation on strategic projects.



Participates on commodity regional commodity strategy teams and provides the quality detail required to define strategy and to support strategy implementation.



Act as a reference for plant SQE for problem solution and acts as point of escalation to leading cross-functional teams on major supplier issues resolution.



Performs fundamental data analysis (Quality systems, PPM, DMR) and basic statistics tool (process capability/gage capability, etc) to determine performance level of suppliers and lead performance improvement through action plans setting and implementation as required.



Lead training of AIAG tool, as well as Eaton procedure/quality tool for suppliers;



Act as a reference for error proofing design at design & manufacturability reviews held with Product Engineer and suppliers, prior to source selection. Drive Error Proofing culture and maintenance in suppliers.



Drive WISPER deployment, Ensures supplier orientation, and provides WISPER training as required.



Works in accordance with Eaton’s defined Supplier Development Procedures, Processes, and Work instructions. Participates on process/program review thru maintaining responsible commodity key matrix with Eaton global sharepoint database(APQP/CI/Focus supplier improvement)



Lead high risk components APQP flawless launch and support middle/low risk APQP.





Record any measurable statistics which your position impacts such as production expenses, maintenance expenses, sales volumes, payroll costs, capital expenditures, research budgets, cost of purchases, value of inventories controlled, employees supervised (direct and indirect).


  1. Cost of poor quality reduction due to suppliers
  2. Focus supplier PPM/DMR reduction
  3. Supplier quality spills prevention / avoidance
  4. In plant supplier defects rate (parts per million - PPM) reduction
  5. Cost-out (% on purchase) – support and implementation
  6. Growth Projects implementation with flawless launch assurance
  7. On time and 1st time right launch assurance for growth, cost-out and strategic projects
  8. Initiate Continuous improvement activity to drive cost out;





Describe any specialized knowledge or skill (e.g., technical, scientific, administrative, managerial), which your position requires.


  1. Technical degree in engineering discipline, knowledge on GD&T
  2. >3 years bearing commodity experience, good knowledge of bearing/components manufacturing, bearing processes control and failure analysis.
  3. >5 years experience in using quality tools/methodologies(PPAP, APQP, MSA, SPC, auditing)
  4. Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and/or ASQ CQE preferred;
  5. Knowledge of Automotive Industry specific quality registration (ISO/TS16949)
  6. Ability to effectively communicate at all levels within the company
  7. Ability to work cross-functionally
  8. Ability to think strategically
  9. Speaks English as a primary or secondary language fluently.
  10. Demonstrate Quality Role profile competence at levels as listed below:


A.  Quality Leadership:

B.  Product and process Quality Planning:

C.  Analytica/Statistical Tools & Methods:

D.  Inspection and Testing:

E.  External Requirements:








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Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: Asia Pacific
Organization: Corporate Sector

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 039477