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Kongsberg Automotive provides world-class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of approx. EUR 1.1 billion and approximately 11.500 employees in 19 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland and has more than 25 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Project SQD


WUXI Jiangsu, CN, 214028

Country/Region:  CN

  1. General
    1. Area of responsibility:                  Supplier Quality within assigned projects
    2. Direct Superior:                            Project SQD Supervisor
    3. Location:                                      Wuxi


  1. Main Objectives
                • To complete pro-active and escalated re-active quality assurance activities as dictated by the needs of the business:
                • Pro Active :
                • To ensure that our suppliers follow APQP processes to improve the supplied quality delivered into KA plants.
                • Development of the Suppliers by following the KBD-NPI or NPI process for new products in development and the PIP process for modifications.
                • To ensure feasibility issues reported by the supplier are reviewed and resolved as early as possible in the process
                • To perform risk assessment and create, release and follow the Purchasing QAP (FO-PU-029-KA) form for each component in their field of activity.
                • Improvement of the Supply Base performing, for example, on-site Run@Rate, process audits (VDA 6.3) and / or system audits as required by projects needs.
                • Keep up-to-date the Project Parts Lists for each project (NPI and PIP) until PPAP approval for serial production.
                • Reactive :
  • To resolve issues within launch phase to SOP + 90 days period, and/or until passing Gate 6 of the NPI process.
  • Depending on the case, to support Commodity SQD Engineers on escalated level 3 cases with current production parts
  • To support / coordinate SRT cases when required.
  • To support Commodity SQD Engineer with annual suppliers audit when requested.






  1. Area of Responsibility
  • To ensure that all purchased parts are PPAP approved to the appropriate level.
  • To create, maintain up-to-date and release, in a timely manner, an Open Issue List for each project and / or supplier (Project follow-up).
  • To track any delays and issues in the Supplier’s process development and product conformity and ensure all analysis and recovery action plans are released and updated in a timely manner to avoid any delay in the PPAP submission date.
  • To report immediately to his direct manager and functional manager any risk (Quality, Delay, Capacity, etc ) on the projects he is responsible for and propose solutions.
  • To develop and implement incoming inspection together with the receiving plant if a supplier cannot ensure that their process is under control before serial production.
  • To carry out system and process audits (VDA 6.3) at the suppliers' with reference to ISO 9001 and additional requirements specific to the customer and the company and also with reference to IATF 16949 and ISO 14001.
  • When necessary to perform other assignments in his/her sphere of qualifications and work.


  1. Personal Tasks
  • To report to the launch team within the plant, the project team and their direct manager to ensure that NPIs and PIPs are supported in a timely manner.
  • To ensure feasibility is reviewed and risk assessment is carried out for all components requiring PPAP approval.
  • To report the current status of all parts undergoing PPAP approval by proactive discussion with PIP, Launch and Project teams.
  • In case they cannot solve issues highlighted during suppliers APQP process, to collate all information required for decision making and escalate as appropriate within the organisation.
  • To propose continuous system improvements, specifically with regard to the SQD / purchasing process.
  • To drive continuous improvements at the supplier.


  1. Main Challenges
  • To work pro-actively with the Launch team, Project Buyers, R&D and our suppliers to prevent future issues and misunderstandings, using for example, feasibility studies, drawing reviews and ECR.
  • To escalate concerns within KA in a timely manner to avoid delays in projects.
  • To develop and utilise effective measures to ensure continuous improvements at the supplier.
  • To reduce the need for incoming inspection at KA.
  • To utilise the systems and procedures to support the work of the purchasers, especially when sourcing new parts.
  • To ensure that all purchased parts are approved to appropriate PPAP level on time.


  1. Important External Contacts

•     Customers (When requested as support to the plant launch teams)

•     External service providers (e.g. third party auditors when requested)

•     Suppliers, both internal and external.


  1. Competence profile (ideal)

Education:                               Technical engineer.

Training in quality assurance, further training in measuring engineering, print interpretation, tolerances of form and position and training in auditing.

VDA 6.3 Certified Auditor,

Auditor for IATF 16949 / ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 is considered additional qualification

Practical experience:               At least 6 years quality or engineering working experience in electric field

                                                      Familiar with electric part (PCBA/wire harness/Valve) manufacture

                                                      process and quality control is must.

                                                      Familiar with other stamping ,  maching process is preferred.

                                                      Automotive background is preferred.

                                                      Strong problem solving ability with solid hands on quality tools


                                                      Fluent English in both writing & verbal, plus good convince and influence


command of written and spoken English. Further linguistic skills are considered an additional qualification.

Special requirements:             Reporting

                                                Knowledge of KA procedures (especially KBD-NPI / PIP)

                                                Supplier process audits (1st and 2nd party auditor) VDA 6.3

Relevant quality tools and techniques (APQP, PPAP, root cause analysis, 8D, etc...)

Computer skills including MS Office

High degree of personal integrity and confidence

Good conflict management skills

Facilitation skills with a high focus on solutions

Frequent travel as required


  1. Authority
  • To implement the supplier quality strategy as defined.
  • To use Customer specific supplier quality documents when KA standards cannot apply.
  • To represent KA in front of the suppliers and drive necessary actions to protect KA and its customers.
  • To approve current suppliers, processes and parts after having performed an audit of the supplier.

To act independently within the scope of the current rules of the company (SQM,

We want your integrity, accountability, creativity and teamwork mindset and skills

In Kongsberg Automotive we embrace diversity within our workforce. We make recruiting decisions based on experience and skills and pride ourselves on having a strong culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness.

We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds, providing a limitless pool of ideas and opportunities, who will incorporate our core values within their work. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles and offer an unlimited contract within a dynamic and international environment with prospects for personal growth.

Welcome to an outstanding career in Kongsberg Automotive!

Application Id:  912
Posting date::  Dec 31, 2020