Supplier Development Engineer

Schedule: Full Time


Location Specific Information:




REEF Technology is the ecosystem that connects the world to your block. Each REEF hub is a thriving, connected ecosystem of businesses, cities and people, that enables and provides the delivery of products and services to more people than ever before. Each location offers a variety of services including micro-fulfillment centers, bike and scooter rental stations, electric vehicle charging, rideshare and autonomous vehicle buffering areas, community spaces for pop-up businesses, and more. 
REEF Technology has reimagined the role of a parking facility. We are the largest network of parking lots in North America, believing these locations can do a lot more than just store your car. They serve as buffers for high density, high activity areas and, as such, alleviate congestion and the ensuing pollution. But, with the explosive growth of the sharing and on-demand economy, it is expected that the need for parking to solely store cars will be outgrown by other needs.  
We are part of SoftBank, and its portfolio of leading companies transforming business and commerce at the cutting edge of technology in the world today. 
With REEF KITCHENS, we enable restaurants to reach more people in the most attractive neighborhoods in hundreds of new cities – without additional capital – by providing turnkey solutions for food preparation and delivery staging and fulfillment.  
More consumers are utilizing food delivery services every day, and while this means more opportunities for restaurants, it also means more challenges and complexity to be managed. Our REEF KITCHENS allow for on-site food preparation and our centralized locations serve as an optimal base for food delivery services, so your customers get their meals exactly as you intend them to-fast and fresh

WHAT YOU’LL DO (Essential Functions): 

Work in a team environment as a key resource for the Asset Design and Management teams to develop new supply sources to improve cost competitiveness and be the conduit between the company and the supplier.

 Key impact of this role is to understand and enforce the product specific requirements and offer technical support to the vendors to ensure conformance and good expectation management. 



•            Interface with component teams to prioritize supplier development needs by component to improve cost competitiveness or supply constraints

•            Research external market information and entrepreneurial companies to identify potential sources and suppliers

•            Drive supplier selection through robust qualification processes

•            Assess new and existing supplier capabilities to meet product, cost, quality, capacity and fulfillment ensuring suppliers are able to meet requirements for performance, quality, cost and delivery of components and requirements for production quality and other applicable customer

•            and internal system and reputation requirements

•            Based on screening, prioritize preferred suppliers

•            Drive improvements utilizing Lean methodologies, supplier scorecards and own supplier audit, ensuring supplier compliance, whilst driving systematic problem solving and process improvement plans to deliver value

•            Track the supplier’s performance indicators, based on their scorecards and rankings, to facilitate and develop the supply base’s ability to consistently meet or exceed defined expectations

•            Develop positive relationships and work closely with sourcing leaders to manage, implement and track supplier/engineering, design changes, capacity studies and New Product Introductions, and transfers

•            Deliver results as measured by key metrics, such as supplier yield, field cost, field defect rate, supplier quality plan engagement/effectiveness, and corrective & preventative action closure

•            Specify, develop, and validate advanced technology, quality information and test equipment

•            Specify and develop product acceptance/test procedures that relate to a complex process (state-of-the-art) or highly complex product

•            Provide correlation with company facilities

•            Act as consultant to communicate and coach the Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering and procurement organizations to drive cost effective improvements to Quality and Manufacturing processes, minimizing waste, introduce new products and improve product design

•            Provide technical expertise and leadership to sourcing and development of suppliers with respect to technology, performance, quality, cost, logistics and delivery

•            Provide leadership during investigations of major problems and or special projects focusing on developing working relationships with suppliers and the supply chain with regard to product development and procurement of parts

•            Responsible for leading the solution for supplier component concerns, driving Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), customer interaction, supplier interaction, Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) support, supplier component development and approval and supplier cost improvements

•            Carry out new supplier validation audits, with supplier support and supplier Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

•            Assist with new product launch by working with suppliers to ensure that key milestones are achieved

•            Work with Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements

•            Keep up with current and developing manufacturing and engineering trends that concern product quality

•            Contribute to continuous improvement activities

•            Provide technical expertise to customers/licensees in solving technical problems associated with product supply and test facilities

•            Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients

•            Achieve goals within budget

Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends

•            Undertake personal continuous training and development

•            Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems

•            Independently determine approach and assigned tasks


Relationship Management

•            Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance

•            Communicate efficiently throughout procurement and directly with customer’s/supplier’s management

•            Diplomatic approach to relationships



•            Comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies

•            Assertive, optimistic, resilient and welcomes change

•            Engages interest and participation of others and has a collaborative approach to working together

•            Proactively contributes to the team

•            Is self-aware and ability to work on own initiative

•            Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings


Key performance objectives

?            Asset Total Cost of Ownership

?            Go Live Asset Availability %

?            Program Budget and Schedule Performance

?            Supplier Contract/Quality Performance



•            Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical discipline such as civil, aeronautical, mechanical or electrical engineering or equivalent

•            Relevant manufacturing/engineering experience

•            Relevant experience in sourcing and supplier quality or performance accountability

•            Certified Associate Program Management – PMI or equivalent supplier quality management certificate

•            Working on multiple phases or sub-tasks of projects or entire projects of moderate complexity, with results impacting on project completion.


Preferred Qualifications:

•            Master’s degree in business administration or similar

•            Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) or similar qualification or studying towards CIPS qualification

•            Program Management Professional- Certification PMI


Desired Skills and Attributes:

•            Experience in the aviation, automotive, restaurant or IoT industries

•            Experience in continuous improvement of processes

•            Substantial experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment, preferably automotive

•            Substantial experience in supplier development

•            Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers

•            Experience in Sourcing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and program management

•            Experience in developing and implementing vendor qualification

•            Knowledge of quality and business systems

•            Commercial and financial acumen

•            Strong knowledge of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

•            Report and Procedure writing with excellent presentation skills

•            Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings

•            Understanding manufacturing processes

•            Good communication and interpersonal skills

•            Strong negotiation and influential skills

•            Ability to present data effectively

•            Numerically astute with strong problem-solving skills and expertise to develop and execute objectives for self and others and the ability to effect short-term and some long-term business goals

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