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Lead Supplier Quality Engineer

Ellisville, Missouri


Job Description

Eaton’s Electrical division is currently seeking a Lead Supplier Quality Engineer to join our team. This position is based at our Ellisville, MO facility.


The Lead Supplier Quality Engineer will be responsible for the division deployment and execution of Supplier Performance Improvement Processes in alignment with the Eaton enterprise initiatives, the Eaton Quality System, and Corporate Strategies, Policies and Procedures.  In this role, you will work closely with Group, Division, and plant SQEs and leaders to manage the performance of a highly capable supply base to support the achievement of Corporate/Regional/Group/Division goals.  You will work closely with functional management with strategy development, deployment of standard processes and tools, and drives improvement of key supplier performance metrics across the Bussmann UL Division.


Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.


In this role, you will:

  • Lead Supplier Quality Performance Management for the Division

  • Provide functional support for deployment of supplier performance management tools and processes to drive overall improvement in supplier performance with an intense focus on highest impact, poorest performing suppliers

  • Works directly with business unit SCM and Quality teams to engage key suppliers (external and internal) to drive improved quality and delivery results using proven EQS methodologies

  • Develop and deploys guidelines for issuing DMRs, calculating PPM, and evaluating suppliers’ corrective action responses in order to insure consistency across the organization and eliminate repeating quality defects

  • Assume responsibility for Division deployment and refinement of standard processes and tools such as Business Reviews for strategic suppliers, Internal Supplier Partnership Process (ISPP) and Focus Six Process to improve supplier performance including procurement, quality and delivery metrics

  • Partner with the Sector Supply Chain teams to develop common sector performance goals (PPM, On Time Performance, Cost Recovery)

  • Systematically gather and report supplier performance metrics including monitoring, trending, and investigation for the Division so that actionable data is available for sourcing decisions, supplier performance reviews, selection of suppliers for quality development, supplier recognition in order to meet sector business goals.  Data will include: monthly ppm defects, supplier escapes & speed of response, cost-of-non-conformance (CONC) and recovery, and On Time Performance (OTP). Evaluates results and oversees the organizational and supplier development of improvement plans to close gaps and goals.

  • Liaison with the Corporate WISPER/SAP QM teams and the Sector leaders, coordinates projects to effectively implement and deploy WISPER/SAP QM system level improvements and improve the accuracy of the PPM and OTP data maintained in WISPER/SAP for all ES sites including acquisitions. 

  • Develop and deploy group wide Cost Recovery program to recover costs of poor quality from suppliers (Phase I – DMR Administration Fee, Phase II – High Impact Cost Recovery)

  • Provide training on Supplier Quality practices and tools for Eaton and Supplier personnel (8D Problem Solving, APQP, PPAP, QSA, WISPER, SAP QM, etc.) and monitors implementation

  • Partner with Sector SCM team to conduct periodic reviews of the Supplier Performance Management systems and create improvement cycles based on performance results

  • Ensure that the implementation and improvement of the Quality Management System for suppliers is effectively managed to foster a culture of customer focus and continuous improvement while maintaining compliance with internal and external requirements.  Regularly coordinated knowledge and best practice sharing across sites. Utilize appropriate benchmarking and comparative data, serves as a thought leader for next generation functional requirements and participates in enterprise forums and teams to improve the Quality Systems.

  • Take an active leadership role in the PROLaunch process to ensure flawless product and/or process launches with suppliers.  Responsible for ensuring that supplier quality deliverables are completed according to standard per the pre-gate functional review process


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Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required.

  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience dedicated to Supplier Quality or minimum five (5) years’ experience working in a Quality discipline.
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position. Only candidates that currently reside within a 50 mile radius of the Ellisville, MO facility will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field from an accredited institution

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution

  • Experience with SAP ERP system, including Quality Module.

  • Fluent in Spanish

  • Prior multi-plant level of responsibility

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Quality

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: EPG CPD UL Bussmann

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, 25 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 065356