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Supplier Quality Engineer

Date: Aug 5, 2019

Location: US - MN - Eden Prairie, US

Company: MTS Systems

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Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective:

Responsible to identify and develop technical solutions as they relate to supplier quality.  The Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) will drive improvements in MTS inbound material and support any needed escalation with respect to supplier quality issues.  Working with MTS suppliers, the SQE will ensure that suppliers respect our procedures.


Major Areas of Accountability:


  1. Defines quality metrics for key processes.  Develops the measurement techniques, tracks data, and drives appropriate action based upon resulting performance.  Establishes a roadmap for process improvements and leads quality improvement projects. Work with the supplier directly, create corrective action plans to address process failures and lead initiatives with strong project management skills.
  2. Lead Supplier manufacturing continuous improvement projects by collaborating with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities by partnering with them to implement best practices and drive continuous improvement.
  3. Represent MTS in the support of customer and/or regulatory audits. Drives closure coordination of reported non-conformities and address risk assessment through the supply chain.  Provide assurance plans that our customers value and provide them with a sense of confidence in our ability to deliver high quality product on time.
  4. Lead the supplier approval process by assessing manufacturing/technology capabilities and Health, Safety and Environmental Risks.
  5. Represent Quality department on New Product Introduction teams to ensure that supplier quality meets the required standards.
  6. Participate in cross-functional teams in the development of new products or changes related to current products in meeting customer requirements.
  7. Conduct supplier validation audits.  Drives closure coordination of reported non-conformities.  Selectively engages with Key Suppliers to drive quality improvement through qualification and training efforts, including first article requirements and quality scorecard business reviews. 
  8. Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends.




  • BS in Engineering or similar degree with 5+ years of professional experience working in a Quality organization.  Supplier Quality preferred.


  • Previous Quality leadership role in an industrial or manufacturing environment preferred.


  • Strong project management skills.


  • Passionate about management systems and ability to demonstrate that passion.


  • Ability to concurrently organize and lead multiple improvement teams and to deliver on assignments.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills required for working across multiple-functional organization lines and geographies.


  • Ability to prioritize assignments and multi-task, as well as being a self-starter.


  • Excellent written communication skills, verbal communication skills, and presentation skills to a wide-ranging set of audiences.


  • Ability to demonstrate analytical skill set.  Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt preferred. 


  • Experience in using SAP’s Quality Module (inspection plans, quality notifications) and JMP/Minitab preferred.


  • Certified Quality Engineer preferred.


  • Ability to travel (up to 15%).


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

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