Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer

Requisition ID
Category (Portal Searching)
Lighting Engineering

Job Description

Cree Lighting currently has a job vacancy for a Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer in our Lighting Manufacturing group in Guadalajara, Mexico.


This position reports to Cree’s Director of Quality for the Lighting Business Unit and will be located in Guadalajara, Mexico. In this role, this individual will manage Cree’s suppliers and manufacturers by setting high expectations and ensuring we deliver a Safe, Quality, Reliable product to our Customers.  This will be accomplished by performing supplier evaluations, formal quality audits, participation in supplier development initiatives and continual supplier monitoring. 


What can Cree do for you?


Cree is an aggressive, innovative, industry leading company. We provide a dynamic work environment, a world-class development team and the opportunity to incorporate your work into the best products on the market. We do great things and want great people to take part.  If this description fits you, then Cree could be the answer to your professional goals.  Cree will provide you the opportunities and tools to grow your career in a meaningful way.


What can you do for Cree?


You bring your talents and passions and energy, and we’ll bring the challenges.  You can use your skills in driving improvements in Supplier Quality, and the end products. You can help Cree create industry-leading products by spotting quality issues before they become larger problems.


What you need for success:

You will need a passion for our technology, energy to drive projects at a rapid pace, and a keen eye for detail.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support Cree’s supplier evaluation and supplier scorecard processes to ensure effective continuous improvement in supply chain, including driving the attainment of accurate and effective supplier performance data and metrics.
  • Facilitate regular yield and quality metric reviews with critical suppliers and manufacturing partners.
  • Work with Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team during our New Product Introduction process to define supplier requirements that should be addressed during supplied item qualifications.
  • Generate Supplier Corrective Action Reports (SCAR) and drive root cause and corrective action with suppliers to ensure effectiveness.
  • Work with our Engineering organization to construct suitable qualification plans and assist in validating and approving the results.
  • Ensure our suppliers and manufacturing partners follow the 8D Investigation Problem Solving process for resolving Customer complaints. Liaise with our manufacturing partners to ensure 8D responses are adequate and timely.
  • Deal with quality issues by written documentation, conference calls, or in person.
  • Work with other departments to develop plans, presentations and other materials as may be necessary to resolve quality issues and in a timely manner.
  • Participation in DFMEA, PFMEA, DFM/A events with cross-functional team members.
  • Active communication with key Operations and Quality team members across multiple manufacturing and storage locations.
  • Participate, review and provide approval/rejection to engineering changes.


Key Attributes:

  • Ability to develop project and implementation plans as well as drive progress within and across departments to meet objectives according to the plan or defined timelines
  • Self-starter with strong personal work ethic, sense of ownership, and a “whatever it takes” attitude who will drive projects through to completion.
  • Strong attention to details. 
  • Summarize data and communicate findings quickly.
  • Ability to adjust to changing priorities and schedules to keep projects and commitments on-track.
  • Provide flexibility for 24x7 technical support for critical issues.
  • Must be able to provide timely communication across the organization on quality related matters and be willing and able to escalate those issues requiring immediate attention.
  • Lead and drive the organization using widely accepted quality techniques such as the 8D problem solving, 5 Whys, Kaizen events, etc.
  • Demonstrate abilities to lead in problem solving/countermeasure events where quality issues are diagnosed, discussed, and resolved.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ Years Quality Engineering (preferable supplier quality).
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and/or Industrial Engineering; and/or suitable work experience.
  • Practical experience and knowledge of printed circuit board (SMA/ SMT) manufacturing (EMS).
  • Practical experience and knowledge of electro-mechanical assemblies.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English.
  • Demonstrate abilities to lead in problem solving/countermeasure events where quality issues are diagnosed, discussed, and resolved.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem solving abilities.
  • Capable of working across and influencing at all organizational levels.
  • Experience with implementation of corrective action programs such as 8D or A3.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a Supplier Quality Engineer/Supplier Quality Manager who can demonstrate effectively leading an organization to improvement performance using quality methods and approaches.
  • Hands-on, practical knowledge of IPC-A-610, Class II solder workmanship standards.
  • Preferred Lean/Six Sigma certification or equivalent work experience or company certification.       ASQ Certification would be a plus.
  • LED or lighting industry experience. 
  • Applied knowledge of APQP and PPAP tools.
  • Experience with databases and data analysis tools (SQL, Access, SAS JMP, Excel, etc.)
  • Strong working knowledge of SPC and DOE principles and methods.
  • Experience in semiconductor device and/or failure analysis.



Since our beginning 30 years ago, we have introduced innovative and disruptive solutions that enable a more efficient, productive and safer world. We continue our leadership in developing market-leading lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio frequency (RF) applications. We believe in unlocking the power and potential of technology, enabling the world to do more with less. We aim to transform the way people experience light and are also leading the innovation of Power/RF products that move us toward a more energy efficient future.

Be part of our future and have a direct impact while working for an organization that provides a place to work alongside brilliant people, a competitive total rewards package, and a problem solving culture. We invite you to submit an application if you feel we would be a good fit.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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