Supplier Quality Engineer in Cambridge at Sepura

Date Posted: 1/17/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Do you have experience in an engineering-based quality role? Sepura are looking for a Supplier Quality Engineer to take a pro-active role in the supply chain processes to deliver quality products to agreed specifications and championing continuous improvement within the supply chain?

Main duties will include:

  • To provide data, analysis and feedback on issues, trends and actions, ensuring that actions are prioritised and progressed through robust root-cause analysis, corrective and preventative action, to sustainable and cost effective solutions
  • To review and suggest process improvements with external suppliers to ensure our products are manufacturable on a continuous basis with respect to quality, yield and capability
  • To ensure that all suppliers that manufacture custom parts or assemblies have a documented quality control plan that is adhered to
  • To support specific process improvement projects within the company or agree a suitable existing project to deliver the improvements
  • To carry out process and capability audits of suppliers in accordance with ISO9001:2015
  • Specific monitoring of key suppliers as required in order to maintain our external certification - ensure any non-conformities are addressed within timescales agreed
  • To work cross-functionally to root cause issues that lead to:
    - poor returns data for Terminals and Accessories that are attributed to supply chain issues
    - customer issues with respect to supply chain
  • To monitor suppliers of critical/single source components i.e. case part tooling, conducting regular inspection/tool life calculation, recommending remedial action or replacement where necessary
  • To provide "troubleshooting" expertise - managing critical supply chain issues

Additional duties may arise on a seasonal or ad hoc basis, or as the business requires

This job involves some travelling so the successful candidate will have a full, clean driving licence and their own car (travel expenses will be paid)

The successful candidate will need to have, or be able to obtain, UK Security Clearance (SC)

Job Requirements



  • Proven experience in management of an international, technically-orientated supply chain
  • Experience in an engineering-based quality role; supplier quality, product and process audit, SPC and data analysis
  • Experience with internal and external audits
  • Good level of understanding of best practices across industries and how to apply relevant scalable processes
  • In depth knowledge of electro-mechanical manufacturing processes & control; Surface Mount Assembly, injection moulding (PC & TPE), mechanical assembly and inspection


  • Experience working with Asian suppliers
  • ISO9001:2015 audit experience
  • Knowledge and practical use of six sigma methodology and tools to improve manufacturing processes (six sigma Yellow belt)



  • Proven ability to communicate in a variety of formats with an appreciation of target audience
  • Has a passion for Quality, whilst having commercial feet firmly on the ground
  • Extensive people and relationship management skills
  • Process oriented
  • Ability to liaise with a cross functional organisation
  • Confidence and experience to travel unaccompanied to varied geographical regions and cultures



  • Flexible with the ability to travel internationally for up to 2 weeks at a time, occassionally at short notice



  • Minimum HNC in Electronic/Mechanical engineering or 5 years' experience in a similar role


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