Supplier Quality Engineer

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Job Summary


You will support Cree’s highly successful Lighting organization to proactively manage our strategic metal, casting, stamping and extrusion supply base who can meet Cree’s expectations for quality, sustainability, technical competency, reliability and cost competitiveness. Key activities will include: new supplier evaluations, formal quality audits, supplier development and supplier monitoring/scorecard management. You will partner with the supply chain global commodity managers and technical leaders in our metals commodities to find and manage “the right quantity of the right suppliers” to ensure that Cree’s high quality standards are met enabling the continued growth for our world class indoor and outdoor commercial lighting business.  


This position reports to Cree’s Director of Quality for the Lighting Business Unit and will be located in Racine, Wisconsin.




  • Identify and evaluate potential suppliers for Cree’s diverse lighting product portfolio.
  • Ensure manufacturing partners are meeting Cree’s expectations through process and product control verifications / audits.
  • Support and improve 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.
  • Develop supply chain risk assessment methodologies, present these risks to the Cree leadership team and use your influence to drive sourcing decisions based on appropriate risk to the overall Cree business.
  • Facilitate regular yield and quality metric reviews with critical suppliers, OEM and ODM partners.
  • Perform supplier audits to assess competence in quality management system (based on ISO 9001:2015 or TS16949:2009), technical capabilities, RoHS, sustainability, etc.  Document and report on supplier evaluation, including risks and competencies.
  • Work with manufacturing, engineering, quality, supply chain, R&D to determine future needs and requirements in suppliers and supplied products.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the Cree specifications and quality requirements are understood and agreed upon with the supplier through the completion of supplier technical feasibility reviews.
  • Work with manufacturing and engineering to support material and product qualification builds with our suppliers.
  • 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.
  • Generate metrics (KPIs) and present to suppliers along with improvement plans/ expectations.
  • Track supplier improvement initiatives ensuring continuous improvement.
  • Work with other departments to develop plans, presentations and other materials as may be necessary to resolve quality issues and in a timely manner. 

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 24x7 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.
  • 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 and our suppliers 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 Mechanical Engineering and/or suitable work experience.
  • Practical experience and knowledge of metals, stamping, roll form, mold flow analysis, press mold, NADCA, ASTM, etc.
  • 3+ Year’s experience with ISO9001:2008 or TS16949:2009 Quality Management System auditing.
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally without restriction 50-60% of the time.
  • Practical experience and knowledge of electro-mechanical assemblies.
  • 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.
  • Capable of working across and influencing at all organizational levels.
  • Experience with implementation of corrective action programs such as 8D.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a Supplier Quality Engineer/Supplier Quality Manager with demonstrated leadership in improving performance using quality methods and approaches.
  • 10+ Years Quality Engineering experience, focusing on metals, stamping, roll form, mold flow analysis, press mold, NADCA, ASTM, etc.
  • 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 and working knowledge of SPC and DOE principles and methods.


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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