Supplier Product Quality Dev (SPQD) Engineer 1

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Date: 05-Mar-2023

Location: Hornell, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:333482 

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide 


The candidate will take the role of Supplier Product Quality Development Engineer (SPQD Engineer) position, within the Interiors Domain of the AMERICA Regional SPQD organization. The position is located in Hornell, NY United States, and reports directly to the SPQD manager for Americas. The candidate will need to closely collaborate with teams across the Americas and Globally to ensure quality activities for purchased parts satisfy the contract requirements. The position also requires the candidate to support the launch of quality activities for suppliers outside of the Americas and ensure proper hand over to other regional SPQD’s. The candidate will need to be proficient in topics related to Interiors products such as Seats, Toilets, Interior Fittings, Lighting systems, Insulations, Flooring system, Windows , Windshields, Fiber reinforced parts, and others. Additionally understanding on manufacturing controls for special processes such Painting, Gluing, Wiring, Welding are recommended. 


Specific responsibilities of the role: 

Deliver the project quality activities for purchased parts & ensure that suppliers’ product & process developments satisfy contract requirements.

  • Monitor quality during the development phase of the supplier's product/process and ensure compliance with Alstom requirements.
  • Deliver project quality activities for critical purchased parts for his/her commodity from the release of the first Supplier Part List till the obtention of a positive First Article Inspection (FAI* with Go status): define & deploy the Part Approval Process/Supplier Product Quality Development cycle, contribute to all DFQ* milestones for the purchased part (descending and mounting phases of the V-cycle).
  • Perform supplier quality risk assessments at Business award stage.
  • Ensure with the project team that Quality Alstom requirements are respected by the supplier before the “Go Order” milestone (Quality Specification and SPQD Plan clause by clause).
  • Is accountable for operational delivery of the validation of the industrial capability of the manufacturing process of the supplier (out of scope: validation of product under the responsibility of engineering + industrial capacity).
  • Is responsible of the Go/NoGo decision for “Go Production”, “Go for First Train Validation” and “FAI”, relying on inputs from Engineering for the product validation.
  • Prepare and perform customer FAI when requested.
  • Follow-up of the supplier deliverables through the dedicated portal: Supplier Quality Portal (SQP).
  • Follow-up of supplier action plans; Supplier Quality Status (SQS). Drive supplier to meet FAI Go On Time target.
  • Perform handover to Supplier Quality Serial Life (after FAI Go + first 3 successful deliveries)
  • Trigger the supplier escalation process when SPQD deliverables are at risks & animate problem solving.
  • Evaluate the maturity level of the supplier through the study of FMEA’s, control plan, skills matrix, work instructions, etc…
  • Deliver audits/assessments of suppliers in case they are not part of the Priority list when needed (when SPQD is recognized as a qualified auditor).
  • Contribute to the solving of critical non-conformities and issues with suppliers, including warranty issues when escalated. In charge of Non Conformity problem solving until FAI Go and handover performed.
  • In charge of preparing the first deliveries requirements for incoming inspection


Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Quality, Chemistry, Materials or Materials Engineering;
  • Familiar with supplier qualifications standards (ISO, ASME, IRIS, Local Standards, etc.)
  • Must be able to read supplier contracts and technical informations ( drawings, standards, tech Spec)
  • Must be able to understand technical documentation of the scope
  • Competency to use computer applications
  • Fluent in English
  • Management experience in Supplier Quality and Railway experience a "plus".


Previous experience:

  • Min 5 years experience within manufacturing industry or in a Quality role or in a Project role
  • Experience managing supplier relationships
  • Experience using SAP or similar ERP system
  • Quality professional background with knowledge of quality tools (PFMEA, control plan, QRQC, 8D, Quality Wall, etc.).
  • Quality inspection experience within manufacturing industry
  • Experience with typical products used and their defect modes
  • Experience in Quality / process audits are valued


Language skills

  • To be able to write, read and talk in English;
  • French and Spanish as plus

Travel required  - YES 



  • Linked with the Quality & Continuous Improvement competencies Matrix
  • Expertise in Supplier Quality processes at product & process development & execution phase
  • Leadership, able to communicate with business partners
  • Ability to train
  • Proactive

Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 





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