Supplier Development & Process Leader

5 - 7 years experience  •  Business Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/15/17
Vancouver, BC
5 - 7 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/15/17

LivaNova is a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular and neurological diseases.  The Company develops, manufactures and markets medical technologies for cardiac surgery, the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders and epilepsy.   Our Burnaby Plant focuses on one main therapeutic area and that is the production of bioprosthetic heart valves for heart valve replacement surgery. We are currently seeking a newly created position for a Supplier Development and Process Leader.   The successful candidate will have the opportunity to: 

  • Become the first Supplier Development & Process Leader on the site here in Vancouver, working collaboratively to collect root cause analysis, providing technical solutions as it relates to supplier quality with an innovative approach to quality cost and waste reduction, defect prevention while providing continuous improvement.  
  • Build trust and credible relationships with our suppliers by offering technical support to them and ensure that their inhouse processes are compliant and inline with our procedures
  • Unlike the traditional approach of conducting only supplier process audit, you will have the opportunity to partner with suppliers to develop a new process design that is compliant with the end customer needs. 

Here is what this opportunity will look like: QualificationSupplier Process

  • Lead the supplier approval process by assessing manufacturing/technology capabilities and Health, Safety and Environmental Risks
  • Review supplier manufacturing processes, collaborate with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities

Supplier ProcessAudit

  • Carry out supplier validation audits, with supplier support and supplier advanced product quality planning (APQP or PPAP, SPQR: Supplier Process Qualification Review)

Correction Plan

  • Work with the supplier directly to create correction action plans to address process failures & improvement and value enhancement opportunities
  • Implement resolution for non-conformances in the supply to Livanova according to the company process requirement

Process Continuous Improvement

  • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends
  • Promote the use of customer preferred techniques for continuous improvement such as Lean, Six-Sigma, Poka-Yoke (Error Proofing), Measurement System Analysis, and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA)
  • Any change in the original product or process design must be review and approved by the successful incumbent prior to implementation

Quality System Management and Manufacturing system

  • Assures that the supplier or EM quality system audit function complies with QSR/GMP, ISO and other regulatory requirements

    To be ready for this type of opportunity you will have earned your EngineeringDegree or have at least five years of industry experience within the manufacturing process or in a quality SQE function. Experience in development will be a must. You will need to have experience with developing a culture of cost management and must have a very structured mindset for continued improvement. You will be traveling to suppliers and need to be autonomous in moving around the world, and able to integrate with the different cultures of our suppliers. Adaptability and understanding of different cultures will be critical in this role.      Other Requirements 

  • Demonstrate use of Quality tools/methodologies
  • Knowledge of Health Canada, FDA, GMP, ISO 13485, and ISO 14971
  • Advanced computer skills, including statistical/data analysis and report writing skills (Minitabexperience is a plus)
  • Experience implementing various product and process improvement methodologies,
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment
  • Experience working with Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is sufficient to meet product and process requirements 


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