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Project Quality Engineer



Project Quality Engineer

ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa

Position Summary:

This Project Quality Engineer is responsible for performing supplier-related activities

surrounding process control, APQP, and quality launches for new or modified

products, in order to support and fulfill the requirements of internal and

external customers, all while ensuring local adherence to global quality

objectives and corporate standards.

Position Responsibilities:

Facilitate change management process for supplier-related activities/changes.

Perform product launch activities (when applicable) for customer in accordance with

APQP/PPAP guidelines.

Monitor and support approval process through ENGIS of supplier PPAP's for Engineering

Changes (new and modified parts); communicate with plants, projects, and

customers as necessary.

Monitor supplier-rating system and provide input on appropriate corrective actions as


Work with Purchasing to select and develop suppliers through regular

assessment, planning meetings, APQP tools, and plant visitations.

Track ongoing supplier performance and efficiency through monthly Key

Performance Indicators (KPIs) in conjunction with the Corporate Supplier Group.

Perform initial problem investigation and containment activities at the

plant or program site for purchased direct materials.

Conducts periodic and special surveys of supplier facilities and

manufacturing process to determine adequacy and capability of quality control

and ability to comply with complete specifications.

Initiate supplier-related 8D's to resolve nonconformance, delivery,

warranty and/or other performance issues as necessary; communicate with the

relevant QE and/or supplier, and ensure timely closure and effectiveness.

Interface with Quality Engineers, inspectors, production associates,

and suppliers to resolve customer complaints resulting from supplier-related

quality problems.

Perform or direct the inspection of purchased direct materials as

needed; support processing and disposition of supplier non-conformances, and

initiate supplier charge backs to recover significant costs of quality

associated with poor supplier performance by utilizing SAP and other quality

tools as applicable.

Participate in APQP teams to launch new products in accordance with ZF

SQE Structure (i.e. supplier development as applicable, internal documentation,

supplier-related documentation, gaging requirements, including Run @ Rates,

PPAP runoffs, etc.).

Participate in continuous improvement programs and provide support to

team efforts.

Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational

workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing

and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional


Understand and comply with all IATF 16949 policies and procedures.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Bachelor's in Engineering

0 - 2 years of experience (Internship/ Co-op included)

ZF North America, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ZF North America, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. ZF North America, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ZF North America, Inc. employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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