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Supplier Engineering Manager

  • Location: Galway, County Galway, Connaught, Ireland
  • Job Type:Permanent

Managing the materials vendor engineering team: this concentrates on all aspects of supplier selection, supplier process & material changes and technical support for all purchased commodities within our client. The materials vendor engineering team is responsible for the technical leadership and resolution of non-conformances within the supply chain and achieving year-on-year material cost reduction targets.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the procurement, planning, inbound/outbound and supplier quality managers, to deliver on the operations and department objectives – supplier performance, mitigating the risk of purchased material stockouts, and the generating/execution of materials VIP’s.

  • Prioritises and drives execution of multiple complex department projects. Sponsor and lead material value improvement projects (VIP’s) or Strategic Activity Review(StAR) projects.

  • Interface effectively with key stakeholders internally and externally (Divisions, Suppliers, and corporate sourcing teams) to deliver key vendor/material strategies in terms of Quality, Cost and Service improvement.

  • Responsible for leading and developing a best in class materials vendor engineering team that is proficient in the use of lean, 6sigma and engineering first principle methodologies.

  • Demonstrate technical Leadership skills in procurement management and in supporting structured technical investigations for components & material issues.

  • Manage and support the identification and development of new or existing supply sources with the purchasing team. Collaborates with other cross functional resources in identifying insourcing / outsourcing opportunities.

  • Manage and support the maintenance and improvement of Supplier/Material Management Policies Procedures, systems and tools.

  • Proactively identify and drive Value Improvement Projects(VIP’s) with suppliers at all Tiers in the supply chain.

  • Develop negotiation strategies with the procurement team to maximise value add initiatives. 

  • Play a lead role in the development of commodity strategies in conjunction with the strategic procurement and supplier quality teams.

  • Develop and execute department budgets – headcount, overhead/project spend and capital planning/control.


  • Honours Degree (NFQ level 8) in relevant discipline.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience is a similar position.

  • In all actions, demonstrates a primary commitment to patient safety and product quality by maintaining compliance to the Quality Policy and all other documented quality processes and procedures.

    • Assures that appropriate resources (personnel, tools, etc.) are maintained in order to assure Quality System compliance and adherence to the Quality Policy.

    • Establishes and promotes a work environment that supports the Quality Policy and Quality System.

  • Lead group or team of employees in the achievement of organizational goals. Guide, coach, direct, and develop direct reports, and if applicable, drive those practices throughout their organization.

  • Foster a diverse workplace that enables all participants to contribute to their full potential in pursuit of organizational objectives.

  • Direct and control the activities and budget of one or more functional areas, divisions, product groups, projects/programs and/or operations.

  • Monitor and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures (e.g. federal/country and regulatory requirements).

  • Good technical capabilities, communication skills, teamwork abilities and initiative.

For a confidential discussion and more information on this role please contact Christopher O Toole.