Supplier Development Engineer

Date: May 27, 2023

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Supplier Development Engineer

Supplier Quality Assurance-Quality Control Section 


Company Overview: 


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. or “SIA”, located in Lafayette, Indiana, is the only Subaru vehicle manufacturing facility outside of Japan. SIA is a 4.4 million square foot automotive OEM – meaning our manufacturing process begins with coils of steel and ends with the high-quality vehicles you see out on the roads. We employ 6500+ Associates, both production and administrative, all under one roof.

SIA is the safest automotive manufacturing plant in the United States and is also a pillar in the community due to its numerous fundraising activities held onsite, donations to local charities and plentiful volunteer opportunities. SIA is a frontrunner in environmental conservation being the first Zero-Landfill automotive manufacturing plant and the first to have its campus designated a backyard wildlife habitat. SIA has grown tremendously since its 1989 beginnings and continues to be an example of success within the automotive industry.


Primary responsibilities:


  • Utilize part drawings, technical specifications, and other standards to determine part requirements and conformance to those requirements using PFMEA, Control Plans, Work Instructions, etc.
  • Lead and support in-depth process audits at Suppliers.
  • Track and analyze trend data for key metrics to identify and prioritize improvement projects for continuous improvement at Suppliers.
  • Review, track, and disposition Weekly and Monthly Reports.
  • Train and support supplier contacts in SIA Quality Procedures, forms and standard quality tools and culture change.
  • Effectively interact and communicate with entities inside and outside of SIA.
  • Interact and communicate as needed with SRD, Purchasing, ME, PE, IPC, Production, and suppliers.
  • Project Management of all activities included within the scope of Supplier Audits, Follow Up, Scheduling and Completion.
  • Extensive travel to Suppliers for Audits and follow-up required within the US, Mexico, Canada and overseas.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience in Technology (i.e. Electrical Engineering Technology,

            Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Technology).

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Power Point, Teams and Share Point.
  • Ability to work and build relationships with all levels of the organization (Managers, Group Leaders, Engineers, Production Associates).
  • Willing to travel domestic and international.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • 5+ years of experience in a manufacturing quality or engineering position.
  • Automotive OEM or Tier 1 supplier experience.
  • Specific process experience or education such as Plastic, Machining, Welding, Stamping, etc.
  • Experience with coordinate measuring equipment use/data interpretation.
  • ASQ Certification.



This role requires extensive travel (up to 75-80%). This travel can and will include international travel including Japan and other countries. Travel to Mexico is very frequent for this role.


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce.


Nearest Major Market: Lafayette