Supplier Development Lead Engineer

Job Overview

The Norton Motorcycle Company Ltd is looking for an experienced supplier quality development engineer with a proven track record of delivering improvements within manufacturing / engineering / automotive industries. You will be an enthusiastic and capable individual with a hands-on approach to Quality prepared to lead by example to instil a mindset of ‘Customer First’ within a busy supply chain. You will need to demonstrate the ability to manage a high degree of change within an organisation.

Key Responsibilities:

Will include, but not limited to:

  • Leading and managing a small team of SQ&D Engineers utilising recognised Quality tools & PPAP (NPAP) whilst providing the first line of escalation for the management of Quality and Engineering related supplier issues.

  • Monitor the workload of the SQ&D Engineers and allocate priorities if conflicts occur.

  • Review, monitor & provide the monthly information for the operational KPI’s as required

  • Assist suppliers in developing and implementing their own KPI’s in support of Norton Motorcycle business targets

  • Engage with Senior Management leadership at strategic & key suppliers and launch the requisite improvement programmes in order to achieve and sustain high levels of performance

  • Conduct supplier selection audits to assess capability and suitability (NCA). Working closely with the Norton Purchasing department to ensure suitable supplier selection and feedback on supplier performance concerns

  • Maintain and develop the working relationship with the procurement department to ensure that technical queries are resolved promptly (minimising and eliminating disruption to supply). Ensure that NCR’s & DCN’s  are managed effectively with the incumbent suppliers and accurate information is provided on a timely basis.

  • Mentor & manage suppliers in the use of the PDCA cycle and pursuit of relentless root cause analysis for presenting quality & delivery problems

  • Assess the effectiveness of the processes used to identify & implement the required improvements to meet targets. Including the Product, Process & System audits conducted by the incumbent SQ&D Engineers

  • Support the management development at suppliers to resolve quality issues and ensure product quality and supply continuity



  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate verbally and in writing at all levels internally and externally.

  • Experience of leading change/improvement implementation programmes with both Senior Management & operational teams, a background/experience in Lean manufacturing will be a distinct advantage

  • Ability to motivate

  • Capable of driving issues through to completion

  • Supplier sourcing management using the PPAP system is essential

  • Automotive experience is preferable

  • Strong problem solving skills and experienced in root cause analysis techniques

  • Self-sufficient and good organisational skills

Benefits of working for Norton:

We offer desirable benefits for all employees of Norton, including;

  • 25 Days holiday (Small amount used for Christmas Holiday)

  • Pension Scheme

  • Life Insurance 

  • Flexible Working 

  • Casual Dress 

  • Parking on site


Applicants must have the Right To Work in the UK


Job Type: Full time - Permanent

Salary package is dependent upon previous experience

A driving licence is required

The role will require international & Domestic travel,  Salary is dependent upon experience

It is essential that you send both your CV and a cover letter when applying for this role. Please also state where you heard about this vacancy within your application.

Please forward your CV and a covering letter in the first instance to stating which role you are applying for.

We have a 10 day reply policy, so if you do not hear from us within 10 days, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.