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Strategic Supplier Development Leader (Relocate to Virginia Beach)

Virginia Beach, VA

STIHL Inc. has an immediate opening for a Supplier Development Leader!  If you are strategic, driven for continuous improvement, and able to understand suppliers and quality processes this could be your dream job!  

As part of our Purchasing department, you use advance quality and project management tools to systematically improve the supplier launch experience, overall quality and on-time delivery while ensuring a team (i.e. PPQ) approach and reducing defects, disruptions and cost (Pricing and CoQ).

Position Highlights:

  • Stability – Located in Virginia Beach since the early 70’s, our organization has NEVER had a layoff!
  • Opportunity – A successful professional will be provided a highly visible opportunity within the global company!
  • Recognized leader - Rated #1 in industry and one of America’s Great Brands.
  • Cool Products – If you are into Power Equipment, what an opportunity to assist in successful procurement of components required to manufacture/sell cool products!

Position Responsibilities:

  • Partners with suppliers’ leaders and internal team members to improve supplier capability.
  • Develops on-boarding processes for new supplier and systematic tools to identify ‘at risk’ suppliers for selection development projects.
  • Leads / coaches cross-functional teams on selected development projects and mentors PPQ team members to develop a culture of quality, delivery and overall cost reduction.
  • Performs assessments of new supplier’s capability to meet STIHL’s requirements and maintain sustainable performance including review of capacities.
  • Promotes strategic approaches in supplier selection and problem solving.
  • Works with suppliers to develop action plans to close gaps between current and expected performance.
  • Conducts in-house and on-site training and coaching with suppliers and internal team members.
  • Develops key processes outlining the purpose and direction of Supplier Development.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing or Quality Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE, or CQA certification preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience in supplier quality management with emphasis on quality principles and methods preferred.
  • Experience with purchasing activities leading cross-functional teams, and various production process used by component manufacturers.
  • Experience auditing and assessing production, corporate social responsibility, environmental, and quality capabilities according to international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO/TS16959, VDA, and ISO 14001.
  • Performs work under minimal supervision. Handles complex issues and problems, and refers only the most complex issues to higher-level staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical Project Management skills. Ability to diagnose root causes and influence sustainable actions.
  • In depth knowledge of the various production process used by component manufacturers
  • Must be able to travel up to 40% to 60% of time by road and/or air.






EOE/ Drug Free Workplace

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.