Mobius Motors Supplier Quality Engineer Job in Kenya

Supplier Quality Engineer
Description: Mobius Motors designs, manufactures, and sells highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass market. 
Our vehicles create a transport platform that empowers local entrepreneurs to run profitable transportation services to end-users in their communities.
We are seeking a long term commitment from an exceptional quality management professional to support operations and engineering by handling issues relating to supplier quality development within the supply chain. 


The Supplier Quality Engineer ensures that components and parts and, assemblies are consistently manufactured in total compliance to specified requirements. 
He provides technical expertise and leadership to product sourcing teams for evaluation and development of new and existing suppliers, while maximising quality, cost, logistics, delivery, and management at the supply base. 
The role will require a close working relationship with the venture’s Operations and Technical teams. 
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Supplier Quality Development
Responsible for quality improvement issues related to suppliers and/or subcontractors of materials or products used in development or manufacturing
  1. Support development of supplier strategies and sourcing initiatives.
  2. Analyse supplier performance and develop improvement plans for problem areas.
  3. Support programs for assessing potential new suppliers.
  4. Carry out 8D investigations for customer complaints/ concerns and drive corrective/preventive actions required.
  5. Ensure control plans are in place for all products and regularly updated as required.
  6. Prepare quality reports for distribution to quality team.
  7. Review supplier manufacturing processes, collaborate with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities.
  8. Collect and evaluate supplier quality data to identify process improvement opportunities.
  9. Work with suppliers directly to mitigate quality issues, including creating corrective action plans to address process failures.
  10. Regularly communicate with engineering and supply chain internally to identify opportunities for quality and productivity improvement.
  11. Collect and maintain supplier performance metrics.
  12. Coordinate with engineering and manufacturing to ensure awareness to known purchased part or product quality issues.
  13. Regularly visit suppliers and maintain supplier audit results.
  14. Investigate reported external quality issues that are believed to be purchased part or product driven and present findings.
  15. Identify repeat quality issues by supplier and maintain supplier quality scorecard (PPM, Concerns, Cost recovery) to assure that the target assigned will be reached.
  16. Recommend suppliers for qualification and / or disqualification based upon quality performance.
  17. Support Operations group to identify, evaluate and select suppliers and contract manufacturers to deliver the production of cost-effective vehicle parts and subassemblies.
Project Management
  1. Take ownership of projects; plan milestones, timelines, budgets, resources and identify potential risks to deliver supply chain aspects within agreed completion dates.
  2. Be proactive regarding task completion and periodically advise wider team on project status, timing, resources, issues, and ability to deliver on-time with excellence.
  3. Ensure adherence and compliance to general automotive industry production standards and best practices; maintain structured and versioned data outputs daily and backup data weekly.
  4. Work as an active member of the team, ensure effective communication between colleagues and positively contribute regularly to meetings and briefings.
An ideal candidate should combine outstanding technical skills in engineering and operations management with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team.
They should possess a strong skill set in leading multi-function teams, defining the quality strategy and identifying continuous improvement opportunities along with experience in managing global suppliers and quality engineering processes – within the automotive industry.
  • 5+ years related experience in quality engineering, mechanical engineering, production line operations – preferably with a major automotive company
  • Experience in working with 8D, SPC, FMEA process
  • Exceptional leadership and clear sense of direction
  • Extreme patience and a good sense of humour
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build strong rapport with others
  • Exceptional integrity and a strong sense of ethics
  • Exceptional persistence and endurance to overcome significant challenges
  • Ability to manage difficult suppliers and resolve disputes while preserving relationships with suppliers and internal staff
  • Excellent problem solving ability in cross-functional and multi-cultural environment; able to define problems, collect relevant data, extract meaning from data, and draw valid conclusions
  • Exceptional analytical skills with regards to logistics analysis, data manipulation, and the ability to create information from data
  • Ability to effectively communicate timelines and project progress with both internal and external management teams
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems and components
  • Experience in developing part certification processes and vendor quality measures
  • Strong engineering analysis skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • High sense of drive and urgency in achieving our vision
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic working environment and work within a diverse team
  • A start-up personality; entrepreneurial, ambitious, independent, systematic attention to detail, structured thinker, goal-oriented, flexible and able to deal well with setbacks
  • Comfort with spending 10-30% of time travelling internationally, possibly on short notice
  • Masters degree (or higher) in Quality Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Operations Research or similar
  • 5+ years related experience in quality engineering, mechanical engineering, production line operations – preferably with a major automotive company
  • Fluency in Kiswahili (the national language of Kenya)

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