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1864 Supplier Quality Engineer, Color Harmony

Mercedes-Benz: Building Exceptional Vehicles? and Careers!
The best chapters in Alabama's automotive success story are yet to come. The Mercedes-Benz automobile of the future will be different; greener, more efficient, safer, and even more fascinating. Only one thing will never change ? It will wear a star.
MBUSI is home to the GLE, GLE Coupe, and GLS Sport Utility Vehicles and the C-Class for the North American market. Our facility is one of the most advanced automotive manufacturing facilities in the world, with over 5 million square feet under one roof. The plant, located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is positioned in an area of natural beauty and abundant natural resources.
MBUSI offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including health and life insurance, 401(k) and retirement, on-site child development and wellness facilities. MBUSI is committed to excellence and actively promotes teamwork, safety, quality, and continuous improvement within its ranks. Our Team Members share a common goal to always be the best premium auto manufacturer in North America.
Mercedes-Benz, U.S. International, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. follows all local, state and federal laws in all aspects of business.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for any open positions.
Purpose of the Position: Under general supervision, this position is responsible for investigating, analyzing and correcting problems of supplier parts to ensure the quality of these parts from the development phase through the end of the life cycle by collaborating in cross-functional partnerships within the company (worldwide) and with suppliers within the NAFTA region. In addition, responsible for expert level visual color matching and evaluation of exterior parts for supplier color Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) color sampling.
Essential Functions: (List all basic responsibilities related to the purpose of the position)
Lead the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities with the NAFTA supply base. Work with other Daimler plants and departments to assure Start of Production (SOP). Tasks include:
Creation and alignment of the PPAP per the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Germany auto industry
standards (VDA) guidelines.
Conduct performance test
Ensure series and new color quality is in specification with suppliers and plant
Review trial parts
Report part readiness for launch to management team
Fixture & gauge concept and capability validation
Supplier validation and development process
Perform visual color checks/color readings of the exterior color sample parts with specified equipment.
Launch new colors along with PPAP process.
Conduct and evaluate appearance approval
Manage vehicle actions within the yard
Provide lessons learned from current running series to improve future projects.
Perform Daimler Process Audits (VDA 6.3 part 2 and 3) at suppliers and monitor supplier performance to Daimler's targets and standards. Facilitate improvement plans using problem solving and continuous improvement techniques as required.
Manage international production part suppliers (in NAFTA region) in regards to quality concerns and change implementation. This includes communicating all part issues and coordinating countermeasure activities.
Ensure process planning and cross-functional activities to achieve the quality, safety and production goals of Daimler.
Frequently travel within NAFTA region.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience and Necessary Skills all must be met in order to qualify for position.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience: A minimum of 3 years of experience in Engineering within Original Equipment Manufacturing or a Tier 1 Supplier including PPAP and audit experience.
Necessary Skills, Certifications, etc.:
Strong planning and problem solving skills using established methodologies including 8-D, 5-Why and root cause analysis
Ability to communicate complex topics into a cross-functional and cross-cultural environment
Capability of using hand measurement tools (i.e., calipers, micro-meters) and color system tools
Ability to differentiate the color spectrum ? Certification of Munsell Hue Test
Experience with coating and paint applications
Working knowledge of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Expertise in exterior class "A" surface parts
Experience in leading task forces
Preferred Skills:
Working knowledge with AutoCAD, Catia, Coordinate measurement machine, CAD, Six-Sigma, VDA 6.3 as well as tooling knowledge
Foreign language skills ? German or Spanish
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