Supplier Quality Engineer (until 30th September 2024) 100% m/f/d

Zimmer GmbH


Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, USA, Zimmer Biomet is a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare. We design, manufacture and market orthopaedic reconstructive products; sports medicine, biologics, extremities and trauma products; spine, bone healing, craniomaxillofacial and thoracic products; dental implants; and related surgical products.
We collaborate with healthcare professionals around the globe to advance the pace of innovation. Our products and solutions help treat patients suffering from disorders of, or injuries to, bones, joints or supporting soft tissues. Together with healthcare professionals, we help millions of people live better lives.

For the EMEA production plant, based in Winterthur (Switzerland), we are looking for a:

Supplier Quality Engineer (until 30th September 2024) 100% m/f/d

Job Summary

The Supplier Quality Engineer will support the overall Supplier Quality Management. This position must drive incoming quality by evaluating new and existing suppliers, driving the incoming quality verification program at the Company, and resolving supplier issues to closure in a timely manner. SQE will provide supplier qualifications, material issue resolution, driving supplier corrective actions, and maintain the approved manufacturer list. Contributes to optimize added value and business success by maintaining, reviewing, operating and further developing Zimmer Biomet process oriented organizational system (incl. suppliers). Audits Suppliers per compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements

Your main responsibilities:

  • Assists suppliers in developing strategies for corrective action and preventive action.
  • Identifies risks to products and processes that trace to deficient quality systems, uncontrolled critical parameters, changing regulatory requirements, and changing technical requirements.
  • Collects and analyzes quality metrics from various quality systems and develops reports as needed for SRB review. Provides recommendations based on trends.
  • Approve supplier selection through robust qualification processes.
  • Develop positive relationships and work closely with Global Supplier Management to manage and implement supplier changes, New Product Introductions, and transfer.
  • Develop and manage a true incoming materials quality program to verify the actual state of supplied
  • materials
  • Support audit management during notified body audits as a front room / backroom member
  • Member of Material/Supplier Review Board
  • Carrying out external system and process audits at suppliers.
  • Carrying out product audits and desktop audits.
  • Following-up regulatory and corporate requirements

Expected Areas of Competence

  • Position requires a sound technical background (university degree, technical degree or equivalent of technical nature)
  • Quality Manager training with Diploma examination (SAQ or equivalent) and Auditor training with Diploma examination (SAQ or equivalent) preferred
  • Experience in interpreting and applying regulations and standards, auditing to these standards and processes good oral and written communications abilities
  • Industry know how in medical devices and/or related field
  • Experience in manufacturing industry (preferably medical devices or pharma) and in a quality organization
  • Broad knowledge of regulatory requirements (FDA / ISO / GMP / MDD etc.)
  • Understanding of all engineering fields and internal processes to be audited
  • Familiar with a variety of office software packages including MS Word, Power Point, Visio, Excel, SAP and MS Project etc. 
  • Ability to be CAPA task owner
  • Knowledge of production and business processes

Languages/ personal requirements

  • Strong oral and written communications abilities in German and good in English
  • Good problem-solving ability and analytical skills, strong sense of initiative, follow-through and attention to detail
  • Good report, business correspondence & procedure-writing skills
  • Cross Boundary teamwork
  • Interpersonal/intercultural impact
  • Details and in depth analysis
  • Continuous learning

Travel Requirements:

This dynamic Job position has a willingness to travel from 20%.

If you seize this opportunity, you will be able to develop your international experience and be a part of a great and truly global team. Zimmer offers a wide range of challenging career advancement opportunities and a dynamic work environment. We look forward to receiving your complete application through the following online link.

For this position, we accept direct applications only.

Zimmer Switzerland Manufacturing GmbH
Julia Kues
HR Sr. Business Partner
Sulzerallee 8
8404 Winterthur

Zimmer GmbH
Frau Julia Kues
HR Sen. Business Partner