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Cummins Inc. Global VPI Supplier Quality Improvement Engineer in Rumst, Belgium

Global VPI Supplier Quality Improvement Engineer



  • Responsible for Supplier Quality’s participation in the selection, management, development, problem solving, and assurance of defect-free performance of the direct material supplier chain. The objective of this work is to collaborate with the supplier and other resources at Cummins, leading the use of quality improvement tools and methods to achieve zero defects performance. This role also utilizes knowledge in manufacturing technology and product definition & function to achieve this outcome.

  • Participates and / or leads Supplier Quality’s participation in the supplier evaluation, selection, and strategic sourcing and development processes.Responsible for our most challenging supplier corrective action situations including containment, fault tree analysis / identification of assignable cause, root cause analysis, permanent corrective actions, and overall effectiveness of the problem-solving process.

  • Ensures suppliers select and use and adapt quality tools effectively for their industry and our requirements, especially the Advanced Product Quality Planning process.Collaborates with and leads suppliers to understand and meet all product requirements including compliance with the Cummins Supplier Handbook.

  • Oversees the supplier quality resources for our most challenging new product introduction and current products to reduce supplier related issues, improve process capabilities, and ensure timely project launches.

  • Responsible for determining that all requirements are met by the supplier for our most challenging new or changed products and the execution of the Production Part Approval Processes and the Advanced Product Quality Planning processes, including elements of Early Supplier Engagement and Zero Defects Mentality, for related Value Package Change Request and medium to high risk Value Package Introduction projects.

  • Leads the measurement of supplier quality performance according to established procedures and is responsible to drive appropriate improvements to meet established targets.

  • Responsible to lead the continuous improvement activities with suppliers in their efforts to reduce defects.Utilizes Cummins product functional and manufacturing technology knowledge in the execution of their role with suppliers, and represents their assigned suppliers’ technical processes and capabilities in internal technical discussions such as Drawing Quality Reviews, manufacturability reviews, etc.

  • SQI Project manager and core team member for your assigned VPI program(s)

  • Lead execution of Early Supplier Engagement process for assigned programs & ensure supplier risk mitigation plans are adequate and meet project timing

  • Accountable to facilitate Zero Defect Mentality (ZDM) process execution from RFQ to implementation for selected components

  • Partner with purchasing and engineering to ensure new suppliers to VPI don’t add risk to program

  • Accountable for supplier quality FIRG Issues and works with responsible category SQIE to ensure implementation of robust corrective actions

  • Accountable for SQI participation in Drawing Quality Reviews and Designs Reviews

  • Accountable and responsible for facilitating Supplier Safe Launch at launch plant in partnership with plant quality leadership

  • Coordinates all waivers for parts not at required release level



  • Supplier Technical Manufacturing Management - Represents Cummins to our external direct material supply chain by being the technical interface for assuring and improving the supplier’s ability to manufacture products that meet the Cummins product definition while meeting the quality expectations defined by Cummins operation(s), their customers, and the requirements of the Cummins Supplier Handbook.

  • Supplier Product Definition Integration - Coordinates the various technical activities cross-functionally to ensure that the supplier’s technical design “i.e. supplier design record if applicable” and/or manufacturing processes can produce the required quality throughout the Cummins product definition life cycle and to understand and meet the Cummins product definition “i.e. customer design record” and related expectations.

  • Production Part Approval Process - Coordinates the level of submission of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities and information related to the introduction of new or changed products and processes; dispositions the product’s readiness for production in accordance with the Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP) and APQP provisions of Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) manuals and Cummins procedures in order to meet supplier and customer requirements.

  • Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.

  • Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

  • Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

  • Persuades - Using compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.

  • Applies statistical tools and technique to influence decision making; leverages understanding of data collection methods, key statistics, graphical and analytical methods to describe process performance, gain insights and drive improvement action

  • Solves problems using a systematic analysis process by leveraging industry standard methodologies to create problem traceability and protect the customer; determines the assignable cause; implements robust, data-based solutions; identifies the systemic root causes and recommended actions to prevent problem reoccurrence.

  • Advanced Product Quality Planning - Leads the technical quality planning and ensures customer satisfaction through structured and measurable processes as defined by industry standard.

  • Dimensional Metrology - Applies dimensional measurement science in the development and application of measurement/inspection processes that deliver capable measurement results, supporting design validation and conformity assessment meeting regulatory, customer and product requirements.

  • Quality System Management - Guides in the practice and application of quality management system standards required by international certification bodies, industry specific regulatory authorities and customer's contractually specified requirements.

  • Supplier Quality Management - Leads all aspects of supplier quality management; helps develop strategy and collaborative supplier partnerships; identifies supplier innovation capabilities; contributes to supplier audit and certification process; tracks supplier performance metrics and acts to quickly resolve issues to improve supplier quality performance.

  • Project Issue and Risk Management - Manages the process to identify, assess and prioritize issues and risks using recommended tools and processes to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of negative events or to maximize the realization of positive events.

  • Perfect written and verbal knowledge of English.


  • College, university, or equivalent degree.


  • Experience in quality, preferable supplier quality.

  • Understanding of project management.

  • Problem solving.

  • Very experienced in excel.

  • Experience with at least 1 Core quality tools from the automotive industry: APQP, PPAP, FMEA, SPC and/or MSA.

  • Travel may be required for proactive and reactive supplier mitigation

Remote role with possible work location in Belgium, Germany, or France


Primary Location Belgium-Antwerp-Mechelen-Belgium, Rumst, General Office Building

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Jul 18, 2022, 3:38:50 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Cummins Filtration

Req ID: 220004O9