Tesla’s Supplier Industrialization team is responsible for critical commodity development and qualification activities at suppliers. The job involves communicating well with internal and external teams, traveling to suppliers in different regions, and on-the-spot critical decision making. The goal: delivering on time quantities of high-quality component parts into Tesla’s production processes to enable extremely rapid development cycles and product launches.
- Plan, organize, direct and conduct industrialization related activities within the supply chain team.
- Collaborate with internal teams (design engineering, manufacturing, quality, studio, materials engineering, etc.) to effectively launch new programs and develop new commodities.
- Develop, Manage, Audit, Improve and Correct supplier planning and execution of component manufacturing and assembly techniques and quality control processes from the advanced development phase to mass production qualification.
- Provide leadership for New Product Introduction (NPI) at Suppliers.
- Lead supplier improvements in scalability, cost, and quality.
- Facilitate communication and clarification of technical requirements and constraints as a commodity expert between Suppliers and Tesla Purchasing, Quality, Materials Engineering, and Design teams.
- Accountable for supplier audits to ensure their ability to meet part performance, delivery, and reliability expectations.
- Collaborate with Tesla Design, Quality, and Manufacturing to determine the ideal performance specifications and supplier metrics.
- Accountable for leading, tracking and improving supplier manufacturing process/product development and launch readiness for new products and design changes.
- Guide suppliers in developing exceptionally robust processes, products, and procedures to promote efficient and seamless production of high quality materials.
- Validate supplier corrective actions involving design and/or process changes to ensure they are robust, sustainable, and implemented for similar potential concerns across manufacturing lines and/or suppliers.
- Lead investigation into new or alternative materials and processes for improved design, manufacturability, or cost reduction for current and future programs/products.
- BS Degree in Materials Mechanical Engineering or evidence of experience and exceptional ability.
- 3+ years of metallurgy (ore refining, casting, sheet metal rolling, metals processing, coils, welding, coating, etc.), stamping/sheet metal forming, or sheet metal processing in a Supplier Quality, Applications, Materials Engineering, Quality Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering role.
- Knowledge of metals materials engineering fundamentals (refining processes, forming, strengthening mechanisms, crystallography, stress/strain behavior)
- Experience in Quality Systems a plus: PPAP/APQP processes, corrective actions, SPC
- In-depth knowledge of metal mill/foundry processes and material inspection techniques.
- Possess demonstrable leadership abilities.
- Previous experience managing safety critical parts.
- Ability to communicate and direct supplier activities at the management level.
- Proven results in meeting customer requirements and expectations.
- Ability to define and execute a project using project management techniques.
- Ability to thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Excellent team building skills in dealing with suppliers, peers and other functional areas.
- Strong technical writing ability and an ability to explain complex issues in a concise and plain manner. Must be familiar with SPC and data analysis.
- An average of 30 - 40% travel, possibly on short notice.