Lead Supplier Process Quality


Phoenix, AZ, US

Auto req ID: 12564 
Title: Lead Supplier Process Quality 
Job Function: Materials and Procurement 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Full or Part-Time: Full Time 
Shift: SHIFT1 


At Harley-Davidson, we are building more than machines. It’s our passion and commitment to continue the evolution of this storied brand, and heighten the desirability of the Harley-Davidson experience. To keep building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution, and emotion we need the best and brightest talent. We stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Are you ready to join us?



Job Summary

The Supply Quality Lead will be responsible for delivering supplier quality requirements of new products by identification and mitigation of risk in product and process development.  This position is responsible for understanding the industry best practices, processes and quality trends for suppliers within their assigned commodity and using that knowledge to collaborate as a core Product Development team member from concept through launch.  This position will partner with both internal and external stakeholders to develop robust production processes that deliver a high-quality product to our factories and our end customers.  
This role will have a focus in the electrical commodities but may branch into other commodities as necessary.

Job Responsibilities

•    Responsible for the quality of new products within assigned commodity.  
o    Demonstrates in depth knowledge in Supplier Quality and related areas such as Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP).
o    Influence Design for Quality (DFQ) and Design for Manufacture (DFM) on Life Cycle Plan and P&A product plan projects.
o    Evaluate and influence supplier process readiness and associated risks.
o    Communicate cross-functionally across Supply Quality, Supply Management, Manufacturing, and Engineering in both the OE and P&A organization to ensure supply quality risks and mitigation plans are clearly identified.
o    Perform QMS assessments (VDA) as needed.
•    Partner with Engineering and Supply Management to understand and influence commodity strategy and future vision of electrical commodities.
•    Create a relationship with suppliers to foster partnership throughout the lifecycle of their parts.  
•    Serve as a mentor to team members to support group development.  
•    Ability to speak and present to a variety of different audiences (discipline, size, title, etc) and tailor the discussion appropriately to their need for information. 
•    Lead cross-functional teams or projects that benefit the broader Supply Quality Organization.
•    Ability to interpret quality system management techniques at assigned suppliers and recommend best practices to ensure quality performance targets are met.
•    Works independently and understands proper escalation and support structure.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Preferred

Education Specifications


  • Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) or Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) TrainingVDA 6.3 Training

Experience Requirements

•    Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience
•    Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret quality system management techniques and recommend best practices to improve metrics.
•    Demonstrated ability to lead a group and/or team and provide guidance to other employees.
•    Proven track record of leading projects with cross-functional teams including internal and external stakeholders.
•    Deep expertise in working with supplier process development, specifically in the electrical commodities.  
•    Travel required up to 50%.
•    Experience working in a manufacturing environment


Harley-Davidson is an equal opportunity employer that continues to build a culture of inclusion, belonging and equity through our commitment to attracting and retaining diverse talent from all backgrounds, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We believe in fairness and providing a level playing field for all. We foster a culture that thrives on diverse perspectives and contributions to ignite the creativity and innovation to fuel our business and enhance the employee and customer experience.


We offer an inclusive compensation package for all full-time salaried employees including, but not limited to, annual bonus programs, health insurance benefits, a 401k program, onsite fitness centers and employee stores, employee discounts on products and accessories, and more. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.


Direct Reports: No 
Travel Required: 25 - 50% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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