Karma Automotive

Supplier Quality Engineer

Job ID
Supplier Quality



Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising.

We make beautiful, ecologically sensitive products, and we will provide a memorable ownership experience for our customers.

Our work environment is casual, and our culture is results-oriented.


The Supplier Quality Engineer will support the monitoring and development of Karma suppliers.  The ideal candidate will have Advanced Product Quality Development (APQP) experience and have a proven track record of executing the AIAG Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) deliverables.  The person in this role will need to be able to assess supplier readiness to support program launch, PPAP execution, and then develop appropriate countermeasures to ensure success.




  • Assess supplier manufacturing facilities and determine if supplier is capable of meeting Karma technical, manufacturing, and quality requirements.
  • Assess supplier manufacturing facilities and determine supplier’s readiness to support program timing plans. Develop and implement countermeasures as needed.
  • Drive supplier PPAP timing plans, and submission and approval dates to ensure adherence /compliance to program timing.
  • Monitor supplier performance to program deliverables and part quality. Develop and implement countermeasures as needed.
  • Provide Supplier Quality support to all Karma functional team members but specifically to Purchasing, Product Engineering, and Manufacturing.



  • Conduct onsite supplier assessment for potential new suppliers to Karma.
  • Conduct onsite supplier production readiness assessments.
  • Review and approve supplier PPAP submission packages.
  • Monitor supplier performance in quality and delivery.
  • Develop continuous improvement plans as appropriate.
  • Provide Supplier Quality support for functional team members.
  • Ensure flawless launch execution.
  • Develop complete and robust vehicle level DVP&R's that are executed on time and supported by on-time vehicle orders
  • Manage the Creation of virtual test plans, DVP&R and Design Validation Methods
  • Field support for evaluating difficult vehicle performance and NVH issues that enables quick customer resolution
  • Plans and initiates research phases/workshops/kick offs
  • Grow vehicle integration capabilities & knowledge for engineering at every phase, including training, to establish a world class Karma VI team
  • Prepares presentations for executive management
  • Proactive issue resolution/tracking and negotiation with cross functional partners. Cradle (pre-program approval) to production physical test evaluations and engineering mockup plan, measuring attainment of performance attributes and confirming design solutions



  • BS Engineering/Manufacturing/Quality preferred, exceptional equivalent training accepted
  • Minimum of 5+ years APQP Experience and 5+ years PPAP Execution
  • 10+ years of experience in automotive manufacturing/assembly of electrical components.
  • Hands on working knowledge of electrical coding.
  • Preparation of all quality documentation such as PPAP, PFMEA, Control Plan, Audit Plan(s)
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems and related problem solving tools
  • Hands on experience with full Supplier Audits including Management, Engineering, Quality, Logistics, Cost Management, etc.
  • Attend meetings internally and supplier site(s) with regards to new and current programs
  • Provide feedback for internal improvements and modifications
  • Liaison between engineering, quality control, and manufacturing at an internal level
  • Travel expected 75% - 90% both domestic and internationally
  • Familiarity with TS16949 requirements


Highly desirable:

  • Knowledge within commodity areas such as Software, Stampings, Castings and Plastics
  • TS16949 certification


Physical Requirements to Perform the Duties of the Job:

  • Nothing that would prohibit overnight or extended travel.
  • Ability to travel (including air travel and long automobile trips).
  • Occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.
  • Maneuvers in, around and under factory and/or laboratory equipment.
  • Some of work time is spent standing, walking, lifting and bending.
  • Works within an automotive components manufacturing office and laboratory setting. Exposure to heat, cold and fumes/chemicals.


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