Supplier Quality Engineering Manager

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special.  You want to own your space, but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects.  The pace doesn’t scare you, it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you. 

We feel exactly the same way. 

We’re currently seeking a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager with experience with technologies and components applied to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), with the subsystems of chassis, powertrain and thermal management systems. In this highly visible role, you’ll recruit, manage and mentor a team of Supplier Quality Engineers responsible for assuring the highest quality standards for our products. The Supplier Quality Engineering Manager is the key internal interface with Vehicle Engineering, Manufacturing and our suppliers to develop ways to manufacture challenging designs while at the same time not sacrificing requirements for quality.

You must be able to guide up front design development as well as roll up your sleeves with suppliers to create new manufacturing methods and control strategies when necessary to achieve ambitious specifications and ensure a flawless execution during launch.

The right candidate has strong experience managing global suppliers, and is able to direct supplier activities at the management level with the capacity to contribute consistently and positively in a high-paced, fast-changing and sometimes unpredictable environment.

In this role, you will:

  • Build and lead a world-class team of Supplier Quality Engineers.
  • Establish and manage priorities and project assignments for all team members
  • Implement the Nikola Supplier Quality Engineering Manual along with Nikola Quality and Purchasing teams
  • Create and implement procedures and forms related to supplier quality engineering tasks, such as Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), supplier audits, supplier scorecards, supplier escalation process and claim management
  • Manage total ownership of supplier quality through the entire life cycle, from initial sourcing through development, tooling and industrialization phases as well as product launch and ongoing business management
  • Guide Engineering development to ensure manufacturing needs are considered in the design phase and that proper quality expectations are defined
  • Support purchasing in the supplier selection by conducting onsite supplier visits and participating in the supplier technical reviews
  • Perform supplier audits and site inspections. Develop process improvement plans and drive implementation. Monitor and maintain performance metrics
  • Develop, manage and improve the APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) process with suppliers from initial design stage through PPAP submission and start of mass production
  • Develop quality plans, design test methods and gages, identify potential failure modes and process weaknesses and drive corrective actions
  • Investigate supplier quality issues to determine root cause, identify and implement corrective actions
  • Travel 25% on average, occasionally on short notice

For consideration, you'll need:

  • BS in Engineering, MS preferred. MBA a plus
  • 7+ years of experience in an Automotive, Electronics or high-volume manufacturing business and at least 5 years of experience as a team leader
  • Team development and demonstrated leadership in quality or manufacturing organizations.
  • Strong written and verbal skills as well as organizational and program management capabilities
  • Ability to read and interpret schematics and drawings and an in-depth knowledge of quality standards and specifications in area of placement
  • Excellent analytical abilities, technical writing ability and comprehensive understanding of quality toolbox (SPC, 8D root cause analysis, tolerancing, control and inspection standards, etc.)
  • Certification preferred – American Society for Quality, Black Belt, Six Sigma, etc.
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise and problem solve, as well manage multiple tasks and projects and concisely explain complex issues supported with data
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. 

This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.



Equal Employment Opportunity statement (EEO)

Nikola Motor Company™ is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

To all recruitment agencies: Nikola is not responsible for any fee related to unsolicited resumes from 3rd party staffing and recruiting agencies. No fee will be paid for candidates who apply and claim to be represented by an agency. Any unsolicited resumes, CVs, or other candidate information submitted by an agency will become the property of Nikola, and no fee will be paid in the event such candidate is hired.