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Supplier Development Specialist

Lisle, IL

Job/Position Summary

The Supplier Development Specialist works in a team environment to coordinate the Automotive Products SBU Supplier Development Program, primarily in North America.  Specific responsibilities start with the supplier evaluation and source selection process through PPAP and production launch.  Once in production, the function provides ongoing performance measurement and continuous improvement initiatives for targeted members of the supply base.  The position involves working with Buyers, and other functional groups to assist in the management of the most capable and competitive suppliers.  Once selected, Supplier Development works with suppliers on documented continuous improvement programs to correct deficiencies identified in assessments or due to problems identified in performance in the areas of Quality, Service and Cost. 

Major Areas of Responsibility

Supplier Development leads the effort to perform detailed assessments of potential suppliers prior to award of business.  The assessments are designed to determine the operational effectiveness of the suppliers’ business systems and practices. 

Deficiencies uncovered during assessments are documented and form the basis for Supplier Continuous Improvement Plans if the supplier is awarded business.  Special emphasis is placed on the supplier’s Quality and Manufacturing systems by this position.

 Assessments/audits will also be conducted by Supplier Development on the processes of existing suppliers on a periodic basis.  This is to ensure the supplier is maintaining their adherence to their documented systems, process control plans, and to verify completion of action items in Supplier Continuous Improvement plans.

Supplier Development is the lead organization to ensure that suppliers maintain ongoing efforts to improve their ability to satisfy requirements for Quality, Service and Cost.  Based on deficiencies uncovered during audits/assessments or in the normal course of the business relationship, formal action items will be established and will be part of the Supplier Continuous Improvement Program. 

Supplier Development will work with these suppliers, including providing education and assistance to ensure completion of the corrective actions.

Supplier Development maintains supplier data files (both hard copy and electronic), for the Supplier Development program at CTS. 

These activities include the Supplier Performance Measurement system, maintaining the Supplier Development Matrix, developing strategies for dock-to-stock participation of suppliers and maintaining the Approved/Preferred/World Class Supplier Classification program.    

Continuously evaluate the present systems for effectiveness, efficiency and value.  As required, modify or implement new systems that will better carry out the goals of Supplier Development. These initiatives will impact the Automotive SBU with specific objectives to be outlined and monitored through annual objectives. 

If a supplier quality problem arises, which is beyond the scope of the Site-Specific Purchasing and Quality personnel, Supplier Development will work with Purchasing, Quality and the Supplier to assure the Supplier Improvement Requests are being implemented.  Supplier Development will monitor the corrective action for timely response and evaluate the response as needed.  In cases of large or chronic quality issues, this position will act as the problem resolution champion by establishing conference calls, making on-site visits/audits and leading problem-solving activities.  Progress on issues affecting resolution is reported to management.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

ISO9000/IATF16949/Lead Auditor Training.  Training in Lean Manufacturing or Lean Enterprise philosophies, tools, techniques. 
Quality and Engineering or Manufacturing or Supplier Development experience – Automotive or Manufacturing related.

8-D problem solving techniques.  Proficient in Microsoft applications.  Understanding/use of Lean Manufacturing Tools/Techniques.

Education and Experience

Four-year degree (BS) in Business, Engineering or other related technical degree. Ideal candidate will have 3-15 years of experience.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work several hours at a computer.
  • Ability to travel (domestic and international) as needed, approximately 25-50% travel.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment; Primary office location in Lisle, IL or Farmington, MI.
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