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Cummins Inc. Sr Supplier Development Engineer in Troy, Michigan

Sr Supplier Development Engineer


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We are looking for a talented Sr Supplier Development Engineer to join our team specializing in Quality for our Components Business Segment in Troy, MI.

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:

  • 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.


To be successful in this role you will need the following:

  • 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.

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

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

  • Communicates effectively - 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.

  • Statistical Foundations - 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

  • Problem Solving - 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.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • College, university, or equivalent degree in Engineering or a related technical or scientific subject required.

  • This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


Intermediate level of relevant work experience required.

  • Supplier Technical and Quality Systems: Assess current/new suppliers by conducting system audit evaluations. Develop improvement plans with supplier to address audit findings.

  • Lead Cross-Functional Teams: Resolve manufacturing issues related to new supplier/program launches and Chronic Supplier programs by implementing performance improvement plans. Identify and implement improvement projects to create a step function improvement in Supplier Performance Scorecards and Customer Performance Surveys.

  • Supplier Launch Programs: Support Technical Reviews/Pre-Award Meetings, lead APQP supplier management activities for PPAP submissions and development of safe launch plans as required to ensure programs are launched on-time with no quality issues.

  • Supplier Change/Resource Management: ensure that they receive the right information at the right time. Also coordinate and bring in cross-functional experts when needed.

  • Assist in executing global commodity strategies and provide regional based support as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required

Hybrid Position:The rol e will allow employees to work offsite but will also require onsite work-based business needs.

  • Minimum of 2 years of similar work experience is required, preferably within a Forging, Heat Treat, Casting, Fabrication, or Machining processes.

  • Ability to travel 50% of the time.

  • Excel, Power Point, Word, MS Project experience is a must.

  • Experience in the following preferred; AIAG PPAP- APQP, MSA, SPC, FMEA, Control Plan, IATF 16949 and applicable AIAG CQI Auditing Experience and System Creation.

  • ASQ CQE, ASQ CQA, PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt certifications are preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Base salary range: $96,000 to $144,000

Please note that the salary range provided is a good faith estimate on the applicable range. The final salary offer will be determined after considering relevant factors, including a candidate’s qualifications and experience, where appropriate.Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Primary Location United States-Michigan-Rochester Hills-US, MI, Troy, 2135 West Maple Road

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Jan 26, 2024, 12:07:55 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Cummins Meritor

Role Category Remote - The location of this role is flexible to certain locations

Relocation Package Ineligible

Req ID: 240000BA