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Supplier Development Engineer

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Job Summary

  • Company
  • Location
    Wyoming, MN 55092
  • Date Posted
  • Job Status/Type
    Full Time Employee
  • Job Category
  • Education Level
    Bachelor's Degree

About Polaris

Recognized as the leader in the Powersports industry, Polaris Industries prides itself on recognizing and developing top talent to take its people and company to the next level.

Polaris is transforming from a North American based company to a global company with over 4,500 employees in 15 different countries spanning five continents of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Polaris Industries is headquartered just outside of Minneapolis in Medina, Minnesota with annuaal 2012 sales of $3.2 billion.

Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
About Polaris


Job Summary:
Assess and Improve Supplier business / quality systems; Provide problem resolution support; Train new suppliers to become proficient with key Polaris systems. Strong problem-solving skills; knowledge of manufacturing processes and quality systems / tools are critical to success. Position will have a heavy emphasis in castings and machining.

Conduct New Supplier On-boarding training

  • Trains new suppliers to become proficient with key Polaris Purchasing and Quality Processes / Systems
  • PQR’s; PPAP’s; Corrective Actions; Metrics; Contacts / Communications; Planning Supplement; ASN’s; etc.
  • Conducts follow up training assessments on-going to determine organizational gaps that require improvement

Provide Advanced Quality Training and Assessment

  • APQP; FMEA; Measurement Analysis; Capability Studies; etc.
  • Monitor on-going effectiveness and provide direction for improvement.

Development of poor performing Supplier’s Quality and Business Systems

  • Assess process / quality systems gaps at Tier 1 and 2’s
  • Apply focused improvement plans with a documented timeline
  • Reinforce appropriate training and tools required to elevate performance
  • Advise Polaris Purchasing Agents of problematic / uncooperative progress

Execute Production Process Problem Solving

  • Root cause analysis and corrective action implementation utilizing one of several tools – 8D; Toyota Problem Solving process; etc.
  • Implement necessary 3rd party actions for containment or future problem exposure to protect Polaris assembly plants

Perform New Supplier Candidate Evaluations

  • Perform overall quality / business system audits of candidate Suppliers to assess fitness for use by Polaris.
  • Make recommendation for use or rejection including gap assessment and development needs.

Execute and Report Program / Project Management Tracking

  • Monitor progress of Supplier results towards goals for improvement and implementation.
  • Report results to program launch leads and Supervisor.
  • Take appropriate actions when progress to goals are not met.


  1. BS Degree in Engineering or Technical field required and minimum of 5 years of SDE, SQE, Operations / Design Engineering experience.
  2. Proficient in the use of basic and advanced tools of quality - Statistical Process Control (SPC); Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T); Measurement System Analysis (MSA); Advanced Quality Planning (AQP); and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP).
  3. Quality System / Manufacturing Process Auditing experience and knowledge of QS 9000/ TS 16949 requirements.
  4. Strong team and / or autonomous technical problem solving skills.
  5. Strong communication skills (verbal and written). Must be proficient with documenting technical experiences including root cause analysis and corrective actions / problem resolution plans.
  6. Component experience with plastics; rubber; casting; machining processes; electronics; and assembly of whole goods.
  7. Systems level experience / exposure with fuel; brakes; steering; cooling systems.
  8. Ability to develop collaborative working relationship with Polaris Engineering; Plant Quality; and Purchasing functions as well as with a diverse / global supply base.
  9. Flexibility to travel 30 – 50%, domestically and internationally, to supplier locations and work with all levels of internal and external employees (Top executive level to Manufacturing operator level).

Additional Information

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