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Supplier Quality Engineer, Mechanical



Quality Assurance
Garden Grove, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

About Harbinger

Harbinger Motors Inc. is a Southern California-based electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to transform the automotive and transportation industries, bringing to market EVs developed from the ground up to address the needs of the Medium Duty vehicle industry. This broad, and to date poorly addressed, market segment includes class 4 to 7 commercial delivery vehicles, RVs and utility vehicles, among others. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies, Harbinger's first-of-its-kind EV platform will bring enhancements in vehicle performance, durability and operator comfort. And importantly, Harbinger's vehicles will be priced for zero acquisition premium relative to traditional gas- and diesel-based competitors, removing one of the most tenacious barriers to EV adoption.

Harbinger's team, with operations in Southern California and Michigan, includes industry veterans with expertise in powertrain, battery, chassis and software development, along with leaders in advanced manufacturing, corporate development, operations and finance. Our team members come from leading innovators, both in and out of the automotive industry, including Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, Ford, Anduril, and SpaceX.

Founded in 2021, Harbinger is a venture-backed startup on a rapid growth trajectory, looking for candidates that thrive on tackling complex challenges and who share in our passion to bring clean transportation alternatives to a segment of the market starving for innovation.

Job Overview

We are looking for a Supplier Quality Engineer (Castings/Forgings/Plastics/Sheet Metal/Assembly) with broad responsibilities, working cross-functionally with Engineering, Suppliers, Purchasing, and Manufacturing teams to define and implement supplier quality engineering processes and drive continuous improvement activities throughout the organization. The Quality Engineer will play a key role in implementing and maintaining Harbinger’s quality management system (QMS) and will establish and improve the quality of our operational processes and outputs. Responsibilities include defining quality standards, inspecting materials, equipment, processes, and products, developing quality control systems, supplier selection, PPAP, leading APQP, and determining corrective actions. A successful Quality Engineer should have excellent troubleshooting skills and be able to ensure that processes and products consistently meet established quality standards.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop and implement supplier quality standards, supplier quality portal, and supporting supplier quality processes.
  • Inspect and test materials, equipment, processes, and products to ensure quality specifications are met.
  • Conduct supplier assessments and evaluations to ensure they meet the company's quality standards.
  • Plan and conduct supplier audits to assess their quality systems, processes, and capabilities.
  • Participate in the supplier selection process by providing quality-related input.
  • Lead weekly calls with suppliers to ensure parts are on track to meet quality and timing requirements for various build stages of the production line.
  • Monitor and report on supplier performance metrics, such as defect rates, delivery times, and compliance with specifications.
  • Identify areas for improvement and work with suppliers to implement corrective actions.
  • Investigate and resolve quality issues related to supplier materials and components.
  • Collaborate with suppliers to determine root causes of defects and implement corrective and preventive actions.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives to enhance supplier quality and performance.
  • Work with suppliers to implement lean manufacturing practices and other quality improvement methodologies.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of supplier quality performance, audits, and corrective actions.
  • Ensure that suppliers comply with all relevant industry standards, regulations, and company policies.
  • Stay updated on changes in industry standards and regulations affecting supplier quality.
  • Lead supplier audits, APQP, PPAP, Gauge R&R, and safe launch activities.
  • Participate in design reviews with the design engineering and manufacturing team to mitigate risk for manufacturing and assembly.
  • Lead MRB meetings and act as a quality representative for the engineering change control board.

Who You Are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing) or a similar technical field required.
  • 3 - 7 years of experience in manufacturing quality or supplier quality engineering in the automotive or aerospace industry or equivalent manufacturing environment.
  • ASQ Certifications such as Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, Certified Quality Manager, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, or higher preferred.
  • Knowledge of ISO-9001:2018 or IATF 16949 standard strongly desired.
  • Understanding of basic quality core tools such as Quality Management Systems, Supplier and Internal Audits, APQP, SPC, PPAP, FMEA, and MSA.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong understanding of mechanical components (forgings, castings, sheet metal, plastic injection molding) and assembly processes.
  • Ability to travel (domestic and international) up to 30 to 50%.
  • Proven experience in a quality engineering role, preferably within a manufacturing or production environment.
  • Strong knowledge of quality assurance methodologies, tools, and techniques.
  • Experience with supplier quality management, including auditing and performance evaluation.
  • Proficiency in quality management systems (QMS) and relevant software applications.
  • Certification in quality management (e.g., ASQ Certified Quality Engineer) is a plus.

Rev up your career with our electrifying compensation and benefits package! At Harbinger Motors, we understand that your skills, experience, and expertise are as unique as our cutting-edge electric vehicles. That's why we tailor our offers to suit your individual profile, considering your years of experience, specialized knowledge, and market demands.

In addition to a competitive base salary, our perks charge ahead of the competition:

  • 100% Comprehensive Health Coverage: You and your loved ones are covered with top-tier medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Accelerate Your Wealth: As one of our first 100 employees, you'll have the opportunity to rev up your financial future with early-stage stock options.
  • Unleash Your Time: Take control of your work-life balance. Salaried teammates receive flexible PTO and the freedom to celebrate holidays and wellness days as you see fit.
  • Cruise into Vacations: Enjoy an exciting annual vacation stipend to help you recharge your batteries.
  • Fuel Your Day: Forget brown bag lunches; we've got you covered with paid lunches and dinners to keep you energized.

These are just a few of our benefits and perks, as we're constantly adjusting and adding more benefits to best serve our teammates. At Harbinger Motors, we don't just offer jobs; we provide the fuel for your career journey. Join us in shaping the future of sustainable transportation, where your hard work and dedication are always rewarded.

Get ready to drive your career forward with us!

California Pay Range
$100,000$150,000 USD
Equal Opportunity
Harbinger is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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