Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Sourcing

Ottawa, KS, US

Supplier Development Engineer

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Making your next move count

The purpose of the Supplier Development Engineer is to execute Cargotec Sourcing Supplier Development processes, tools and strategies; and to continuously improve Suppliers performance to mitigate risks in terms of Quality, Delivery, Capacity and Sustainability. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

●    Act as Supervisor for the Supplier Development team in Ottawa USA to  support the team to prioritize and to follow up frequently with the team on progress of activities. 
●    To ensure the Supplier Development team members are working on the appropriate work assignments  according to their R&R.
●    To take the lead to be responsible for supplier development activities within pre-production, up to and including start of production. 
●    Supplier qualification by conducting onsite Supplier assessments in line with Supplier Approval process and Risk management process
●    Maintaining, improving and continuously developing supplier’s quality and delivery performance in line with the Category Strategy. 
●    Manages the part and process assurance in line with project targets and timing.
●    Working closely with all stakeholders and managing the decision process to move suppliers into escalation. 
●    Perform audits to improve underperforming suppliers in line with supplier improvement strategy.
●    To support Category Strategy and suppliers in Continuous improvement workshops by applying Lean methodology and tools. To take the lead in to proactive activities to improve Quality, Capability, Capacity and cost reduction workshops with suppliers

What you’ll need to succeed

B.Sc., M.Sc. in Engineering - quality, process and production; or MBA preferred; or equivalent experience

●    min 3-5  years of experience in supplier development, supplier quality, supply chain management, and/or manufacturing/process engineering in a component manufacturing company with a strong quality mindset. 
●    Knowledge and proven ability to apply lean philosophy to improve processes and systems to improve quality, delivery, capacity to reduce cost and increase profitability and customer value.
●    Proven capability in problem solving methodology  and effective project management.
●    Experience of capacity planning and supply chain management
●    Experience of quality assurance with suppliers.
●    Experience within Electrics /Electrifications
●    Previous supervisor or Manager position is a requirement


●    Electrics and Electrifications products 
●    Continuous improvement mindset, supplier change leadership and management with process focus
●    Lean tools such as  PDCA ,VSM, 5S , JIT is mandatory 
●    Production-, Manufacturing-, Quality assurance and systems skills
●    Supplier Quality assurance ( such as QAP/SQAP/PQAP/APQP / PPAP or similar) 
●    Systems ( Google sheets , Google slides and Google docs , Project management tools )
●    Proven ability to work effectively in matrix organization to lead and influence others
●    ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and relevant ISO standards 
●    Experience of communication with diverse cultures and nationalities.
●    Verbal and written communication skills in local Language and in English are mandatory

You will be part of

With us, you will have the opportunity to realize your potential and become an important member of our global team.

We offer a supportive, challenging and diverse working environment with competitive compensation and fantastic best-in-class benefits packages, including 401(k), medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans with paid vacation and ten paid holidays.

If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career, are motivated and have a strong work ethic, and are interested in working in a world-class, global environment with state-of-the-art projects and technology then we invite you to apply for our role.

Interested to join?

If you are excited about this opportunity, please submit your resume/CV today to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2021 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,000 people.