Supplier Quality Engineer

Date: Oct 3, 2022

LOCATION: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Pelican Products, Inc.



Peli BioThermal LLC is a global leader in the design and manufacture of single use and reusable temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the highly regulated pharmaceutical, biotech, and clinical trials industries.  Peli BioThermal is a great place to work and offers employees the opportunity to flourish and excel in a high-growth, fast-paced, creative, and exciting environment!  We currently have an opening for a Supplier Quality Engineer based at our site in Maple Grove, MN.

This position will act as a key resource in researching and developing suppliers in support of NPD, CI Initiatives, Cost Reduction and develop new and existing sources of supply to improve cost competitiveness, remove supply constraints and be a conduit between the company and the supplier. Responsibilities will include leading or supporting cross-functional projects, finding suppliers and supplier capabilities for product, process, and equipment development projects, and establishing sourcing strategies for those new technical initiatives.


What You’ll Do:

  • Execute critical supplier improvement initiatives and ensure completion of planned activities within the timeframe required to meet corporate objectives for the quality and delivery of critical Raw Materials and the next generation of follow-on materials.
  • Participate in strategic planning activities with Materials management and provide input on strategies / tactics required to meet the corporate goals for the quality and delivery of new materials.
  • Represent the Materials Organization in sourcing new complex suppliers and establishing plans to meet advanced materials and measurement technology objectives.
  • Understand engineering drawings and manage vendors.
  • Resolve issues using established procedures (CAPA process, lean tools, etc.)
  • Collaborate with others to solve issues, comfortable navigating within the technical space and communicating within a cross-functional team, both technical and non-technical in nature.
  • Develop strong relationships and serve as the interface between internal and external customers; while understanding customer needs, expectations, and impacts.
  • Establish partnerships at all levels within the supplier, emphasizing collaboration, clear expectations, common goals, trust, and transparency
  • Interface with internal stakeholders to prioritize supplier development needs with a focus on removing supply constraints and improving cost
  • Assess new and existing supplier capabilities to meet product, cost, quality, capacity, and fulfillment ensuring suppliers can meet requirements for performance, quality, cost and delivery of components Drive improvements utilizing Lean methodologies to drive systematic problem solving and process improvement plans to deliver value
  • Partner with suppliers to lead continuous improvement, problem solving, waste elimination, and other value-enhancing opportunities.
  • Support the relationship management of Strategic Partners and Preferred suppliers. Deliver results as measured by key metrics, such as supplier yield, lead time improvements, supplier quality plan engagement/effectiveness, and corrective & preventative action closure
  • 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 regarding product development and procurement of parts
  • Keep up with current and developing manufacturing and engineering trends that concern product quality
  • Assist suppliers with process development and/or troubleshooting of programming, tooling, fixturing, and processes for specific critical supply components
  • Assist suppliers and sub-tiers with development and/or troubleshooting of secondary Suppliers and/or processes
  • Support the selection, development, and management of Strategic & Preferred Suppliers to meet commodity cost and performance goals.
  • Implement programs for supplier performance management, supplier Lean journeys and supply base optimization.
  • Partner with suppliers to lead continuous improvement, problem solving, waste elimination, and other value-enhancing opportunities.
  • Champion value analysis for purchased products and propose/lead design and process improvement projects to reduce costs.
  • Make design and manufacturing recommendations in the new product development process, support concurrent engineering activities between supplier and internal product development teams.
  • Ensure appropriate risk mitigation activities are completed timely
  • Contribute to additional continuous improvement activities


What You’ll Need:

  • Degree in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent recognized engineering qualifications with 3-8 years of related experience in an Engineering role.
  • Must have experience with equipment specification and installation projects.
  • Excellent teamwork and teambuilding skills with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Must have excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with employees, vendors, and customers at all levels.
  • Experience working cross-functionally to execute New Product Development (NPD) using a Stage Gate Process.
  • Experience applying statistical analysis (ex: advanced Excel modeling and Minitab) to evaluate supplier performance.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written). Must be proficient with documenting and conveying technical information.
  • Ability to establish collaborative working relationships cross-functionally internally as well as with a diverse / global supply base.
  • Ability to work with and interface with all levels of an organization both internally and externally
  • Flexibility to travel as required [up to 30%] to supplier locations both domestic and international.



  • Project Management
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Statistical Data Analysis Software
  • Design for six sigma, continuous improvement, and Lean methods
  • Risk analysis methods, DFMEA
  • Previous experience with sourcing raw materials, equipment, automation, and tooling.
  • Verification and validation methods
  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) with 3-5 years SAP experience.


Why Join Peli BioThermal? Here’s a glimpse of Pelican Perks…

  • Generous paid time off plans.
  • 401k plan – with a competitive match.
  • Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Established reputable brand offering premium products – you’ll be proud to represent Pelican!
  • Employee discount program on Pelican Products.
  • Great Benefits – several options including Pet insurance for our animal lovers.
  • Wellness Discount Program.
  • Lucrative employee referral program – get paid to work with your trusted network.
  • And more…




Pelican Products, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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