Supplier Engineer

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A rapidly growing Medical Device client in south Orange County is looking to identify and hire a Supplier Engineer on a direct hire basis. Reporting to the Global Supply Chain Manager the Supplier Engineer will manage external suppliers to maintain product cost and achieve cost reduction through outsourcing, supplier selection and supply chain management.


The Supplier Engineer will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Serving as a technical resource for the Purchasing, Planning, and QA departments.
  • Supporting the creation and maintenance of the annual supplier audit plan for delivery, capacity, product quality and compliance to supplier corrective action plans.
  • Teaming with quality to ensure access for quality audits and supplier corrective action plans to supplier quality systems.
  • Executing technical assessments and audits of suppliers.
  • Developing and partnering with existing suppliers to ensure supplier capability and capacity.
  • Supporting maintenance of the approved supplier list in partnership with Engineering, Operations, QA, and Procurement.
  • Supporting the location, qualification and approval of new suppliers worldwide.
  • Communicating critical and significant attributes to suppliers in collaboration with RD Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality.
  • Analyzing quality trends and implementing corrective action steps.
  • Working closely with overseas and domestic suppliers to maintain product quality and to ensure Quality standards are met.
  • Identifying and developing accessories suppliers.
  • Assisting with any adhoc reports and other assignments as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering Field with a minimum of 5 or more years of experience or equivalent combination of experience/education.
  • Minimum of 3+ years of work experience in a manufacturing environment is required.
  • Previous experience in an ISO 13485 environment.
  • Medical device industry experience is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience in supplier audits and technical assessments.
  • History of leading transfers or partnerships with contract manufacturers or suppliers.
  • Experience in manufacturing process development for medical equipment.
  • Understanding of and previous experience working in an ISO 13485 environment.
  • Familiar with the full design cycle from concept to product release.
  • Solid project management skills to handle multiple projects and set/manage timelines with a high degree of urgency.
  • Complete understanding and use of ERP systems, preferably QAD and/or SAP.
  • Understanding of and ability to work with R&D and manufacturing engineering on make kits within ERP system and audit of bill of materials.
  • Excellent communication skills in both oral and written formats, as well as excellent listening and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to interface effectively with all levels and functions within the organization.
  • A demonstrable track record of success in achieving and maintaining high quality standards.
  • Flexibility to accommodate and respond to abrupt changes in priorities.