Supplier Development Specialist

Job Locations CA-AB-Calgary | US-AZ-Tucson | US-Peoria Metropolitan Area, Illinois | BR-SC-Florianópolis | US-CA-Torrance
Job ID
Technical / Engineering
Permanent Full-Time
Company : Name
NovAtel Inc.


Hexagon Autonomy and Positioning (A&P) is looking for Supplier Development Specialist. In this position, you will lead Supplier sourcing, qualification and development activities.  You will work collaboratiively with Supply Chain, Product Engineering, and Management to ensure Hexagon maintains a world class supply chain. Our customers rely on Hexagon A&P’s industry-leading technology when building their own solutions. This position may be a great fit if you have a passion for emerging technology, and desire to use your engineering skills to solve real-world challenges and shape the future of the industry 

The Location: Hexagon is a global company with offices around the world. This position can be based in Calgary, AB, Morton, IL, Tuscon, AZ, Torrance, CA, United States or Florianopolis, Brazil.  


As our Supplier Development Specialist, responsibilities include: 

  • In coorperation with functional groups identify supplier capability gaps and lead a cross-functional team to select, qualify and on-board new suppliers
  • Lead on-site and remote supplier qualification audits based on ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 requirements, prepare reports and present to stakeholders along with business fit recommendations
  • Monitor supplier performance and develop / implement effective action plans to improve poor performing suppliers 
  • Drive supplier improvement through collaborative problem solving and work directly with suppliers to create corrective action plans to address process failures 
  • Make tough decisions to stop supplier production line due to quality concerns and manage recovery with strong sense of urgency 
  • Manage the AVL (Approved Vendor List) & SQPR (Supplier Quality Performance Reporting) processes. 
  • Actively participate in supplier recovery efforts by managing technical issue information, providing technical disposition for supplier caused issues, and reviewing metrics for trending data  
  • Continually improving Supplier Quality Engineering process and best practices 



  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing Engineering or Material Science discipline. 
  • 3 to 5+ years of relevant experience in supplier qualification or high tech manufacturing process development
  • Experience in the high-tech manufacturing sector and broad knowledge of different manufacturing processes: Injection Molding, Machining, casting, SMT/PCBA etc.
  • Willingness and availability to travel, North America and Internationally 
  • In-depth knowledge of quality engineering techniques i.e. problem solving such as 8D, root causes analysis, 5 Why, etc. 
  • Effective written and verbal English language communications skills 

Proven Success Factors: 

  • Proven collaboration skills with cross functional teams (i.e. readily and willingly shares information and expertise with others and facilitates the exploration of ideas and solutions)
  • Practical understanding of LEAN methodologies as applied in high tech manufacturing and 
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001, IATF 16949 and ISO14001 with APQP and PPAP experience
  • Application of Quality Control Tools (SPC, Gage R&R, Process Capability, FMEA, DOE) 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Strong interpersonal / communication skills to collaborate effectively in building a team and influencing others in a highly matrixed and cross functional environment 
  • Confident Self-starter motivated by challenging work 


  • ISO Lead Auditor Certification, ASQ Certification or ISO Internal Auditor Certification.
  • Understanding of Health and Safety practices 
  • Language Skills a Plus (Spanish, Portuguese)  

Not sure if you meet all the qualifications for this role? Let us decide! At Hexagon, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. If you’re excited about the opportunities this role could bring, we encourage you to apply. For any questions about the role or our company, please email our team at and we will be pleased to follow up with you. Please do not send cover letters or resumes to this address.


The Company: Hexagon is a global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software, and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality, and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications. You’ll be joining over 24,000 people in 50 countries on the leading edge of your field. 


This position is with Hexagon’s A&P division, a global technology leader, pioneering end-to-end solutions industry leaders rely on for assured positioning and autonomy on land, sea and air. Our work touches every aspect of life, from sustainability on Earth to enabling autonomy. Within the Autonomy & Positioning division your work will contribute to the operation of our brands NovAtel, Veripos, Antcom, and AutonomouStuff. Our organization is a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly collaborative environment. 


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