Head of Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics- Supplier Network Quality (Manager)

Are you engaged in everything you do and desire to go that extra mile? If yes – then Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing (GTP) is the right place for you. GTP provides competitive advantages to the Volvo Group by selecting high performing suppliers to deliver the best possible products & services with the right quality output that add real business value for our customers.

GTP is located in 52 sites around the world, has 1,300 employees and a yearly spend of 120 BSEK. We have 2,550 suppliers in serial production that delivers 1,9 billion parts to Group Truck plants annually. We are a global team working with pride, breaking new grounds and capturing the latest innovations as well as supporting the brands and safeguarding Volvo Group synergies. We work together with speed and agility, in close collaboration, and with a strong mandate towards our suppliers and internal stakeholders.

We like to work hard, have fun, and we are committed to our customer and the Volvo Group success. You will work with a high performing team aiming at world-class Purchasing – do you have what it takes?

North America Purchasing is an organization within GTP supporting Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) and Mack brands on the purchasing related activities both on Automotive and indirect purchasing. Supplier Network Quality (SNQ) North America is an organization within GTP representing a yearly purchased spend of $2.5B USD.


As the Head of Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics - Supplier Network Quality for GTP NA, you drive and manage performance of your team from a Quality, Delivery, Cost, Feature, Technology, Sustainability, and Risk Management (QDCFTSR) stand point. You will lead a team of APQP Supplier Quality Engineers focused on projects in Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics to secure that the right suppliers are selected and that the suppliers develop a zero tolerance quality attitude for part production. Your mission is to drive activities in support of zero quality or capacity issues at all launch events.

You will also promote a strong collaboration between SQE and Managers within SNQ in the region and globally thereby capitalizing on global knowledge and competence sharing within SNQ.

Reporting To: Head of Advanced Supplier Quality NA

Main Responsibilities
  • Be a member in GTPNA SNQ leadership team and in an active way contribute to the development of the department
  • Ensure that there is close interaction with stakeholders specifically in Engineering and Operations, and develop and work with the team to ensure common strategy is driven and communicated to the suppliers
  • You would drive and lead the SNQ activities in accordance with defined strategies and targets
  • Ensure that there is close interaction with suppliers to constantly assess risk and apply solutions for supplier process and product development
  • Ensuring the best Supplier is selected, working with all stake holders in a strong collaborative manner
  • Eliminate risk from supply base using all tools and resources
  • Develop reliable and capable plans for supplier readiness for all assigned process and product development phases – sourcing, APQP, Run at Rate, PPAP, and launch support
  • Secure quality, capacity, and cost targets and KPI fulfillment
  • Secure needed communication with cross-functional teams
  • Evaluate team members and increase skills and capabilities over time
  • Secure and manage resources within his/her area
  • Responsible for operating expenses
  • Work in accordance with the Volvo processes, the Code of Conduct and the Volvo Values
  • You will also manage interactions with Engineering in development of technical roadmaps, ensure all the available data is ready for Supplier selection committee/board
Essential skills and needed experience:
  • University degree in engineering or business management or supply chain management
  • Minimum 10 years of supply chain (quality and development) and/or production experience
  • Preferably experience from the automotive or heavy commercial truck industry in plant supplier quality, APQP implementation, manufacturing engineering, supplier development or crisis management
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Strong accountability and project management for tasks without close supervision
Competence required for the position:
  • Act with strong sense of urgency and commitment
  • Ability to manage intense pressure and remain calm under fire
  • Able to handle uncertainty and the unexpected
  • Face problems and act quickly and directly
  • Able to handle unfamiliar tasks, using previous experiences
  • Ability to multitask and delegate workload efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to drive sense of urgency to team/suppliers focused on information, communication, and results. Provide direct & actionable feedback.
  • Act with customer in mind and dedicated to meeting expectations
  • Provide timely information for accurate decisions
  • Pursue activities with energy and drive to completion
  • Able to manage diversity
  • Able to create trustful relations and face reality, surface problems and support finding solutions
  • Strong collaboration and issue leadership skills
  • Able to execute in a complex regional organization
  • Align with internal stakeholders, making solid decisions (with risks and opportunities and alternative solutions in mind)
  • Anticipate bottlenecks, explore contingencies and provide solutions
  • Sense of ownership and pride in your performance and its impact on company's success
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills
  • Competitive base salary
  • Company bonus
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • 401(K) with company match, as well as additional automatic company contribution
  • Culture with a passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all
  • Aggressive approach to Sustainability
  • Flexible work environment
  • 5 - 6 weeks of annual vacation
  • Global organization with expansive career growth opportunities
  • Volvo Group University for professional and personal development
  • Workplace health/wellness, and reimbursement programs
  • Would you like to dig deeper into some of the above topics? We invite you to continue your exploratory journey here!

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 

Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing has 125 BSEK in purchasing annual spend and 2,550 supply chain partners in serial production. We deliver the best possible products and service that bring value to our customers through scouting and working with high performing supply chain partners.

We support Volvo Group’s mission ‘Driving prosperity through transport solutions’ through sustainability, business ethics and innovation. When you join Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing, you will become part of a global network with more than 1,400 professionals in 50 different sites across 25 countries. Joining us means working in a global context with people from diverse backgrounds and different nationalities while contributing to the core business and results of Volvo Group.

Diversity is important for us, we therefore put a lot of time and effort into creating an open and inclusive environment for all. We are extremely proud to say that we are almost as many females as men in our team. We are goal oriented and business focused people who believe that the best results are achieved while having fun and when we challenge each other. We offer unique opportunities where you can accelerate your career through competence development and connect with people who are truly passionate for purchasing. Join us and work where the action is!

Volvo Group North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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