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Supplier Quality Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Supplier Quality Engineer manages relationships with suppliers with a focus on improvement of product quality. Performs audits to ensure compliance with quality standards of their organization and regulatory standards.

Job Outlook

There were 259 Supplier Quality Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7727 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Industrial Engineer industry, which includes the Supplier Quality Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Supplier Quality Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,573.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $86,568.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $81,646.

Education and Experience

Posted Supplier Quality Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.33%
Bachelor's Degree79.57%
Master's Degree21.2%
Doctoral Degree2.38%
Other3.55%

Posted Supplier Quality Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years17.93%
3 to 5 years51.04%
6 to 8 years18.98%
9+ years12.05%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Supplier Quality Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Problem Solving (44.65%)
  • Communication (41.54%)
  • Management (34.94%)
  • Leadership (27.86%)
  • Operations (25.38%)
  • Quality Assurance (23.32%)
  • Microsoft Excel (18.52%)
  • Planning (18.38%)
  • Microsoft Office (17.01%)
  • Investigation (16.03%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Supplier Development (17.7%)
  • Supply Chain (34.5%)
  • Supplier Quality Engineering (62.26%)
  • Auditing (62.36%)
  • Quality Management Systems (33.19%)
  • Supplier Quality Management (62.55%)
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (21.51%)
  • ISO 9000 Series (22.38%)
  • Quality Management (21.44%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (32.85%)
  • Supplier Performance Management (29.03%)
  • New Product Development (22.31%)
  • Production Part Approval Process (27.11%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (22.77%)
  • Statistical Process Controls (21.41%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Statistical Analysis (7.85%)
  • Supplier Identification And Selection (11.03%)
  • Supplier Management (13.14%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (20.25%)
  • Root Cause Corrective Action (12.05%)
  • Process Failure Mode And Effects Analysis (PFMEA) (13%)
  • Eight Disciplines Problem Solving (8D) (16.12%)
  • Quality Improvement (10.7%)
  • Medical Devices (10.22%)
  • Aerospace Basic Quality System Standards (13.78%)
  • Data Analysis (12.16%)
  • Corrective And Preventive Action (CAPA) (20.88%)
  • ISO 13485 Standard (8.5%)
  • Electrical Engineering (6.42%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (6.92%)
  • Purchasing (18.07%)
  • Internal Auditing (4.55%)
  • Procurement (16%)
  • International Automotive Task Force (5.71%)
  • Industrial Engineering (9.16%)
  • Failure Mode And Effects Analysis (14.64%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (12.08%)
  • Risk Management (8.55%)
  • Project Management (21.49%)
  • Engineering Drawings (8.42%)
  • Machining (9.47%)
  • Lean Six Sigma (8.04%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (26.01%)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (9.84%)
  • Process Capability (7.73%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (21.96%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (9.64%)
  • Risk Analysis (9.65%)
  • Tooling (5.19%)
  • Process Improvement (19.99%)
  • Process Control (7.25%)
  • Supply Chain Management (7.97%)
  • Product Quality (QA/QC) (15.31%)
  • First Article Inspections (10.33%)
  • SAP Applications (9.81%)
  • Metrology (4.21%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Supplier Evaluation (5.42%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Supplier Development (19.28%)
  • Supplier Quality Engineering (67.78%)
  • Supply Chain (37.56%)
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (23.42%)
  • Quality Management (23.34%)
  • Statistical Process Controls (23.31%)
  • Supplier Evaluation (5.91%)
  • Supplier Performance Management (31.61%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (24.8%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Supplier Quality Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Quality Engineer
  • Supply Chain Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Supplier Development Engineer
  • Supplier Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Manager
  • Lead Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Supplier Quality Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (297)
  • Lockheed Martin (191)
  • L3Harris Technologies (167)
  • Ryder (144)
  • Johnson & Johnson (135)
  • Boeing (133)
  • Raytheon Technologies (114)
  • Leidos (105)
  • CNH Industrial (100)
  • Northrop Grumman (97)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (60)
  • Merchants Distributors (8)
  • Randstad (8)
  • Hitachi (6)
  • Honda (6)
  • Stefanini (6)
  • Eaton Corporation (4)
  • McLane Company (4)
  • Eli Lilly (4)
  • ManpowerGroup (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!