Suzhou, CN

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

Supplier Development Engineer


What will you be doing?

For the global Energy Storage supplier base, the Supplier Development Engineer, Energy Storage and Optimization is accountable for the Battery Cell, Module, and BMS(Battery Management System) product quality assurance at suppliers as well as for suppliers compliance and continuous improvement of performance in terms of quality, delivery accuracy, lead time reduction, and productivity improvements to ensure conformance with product and project requirements as well as first time right deliveries. This position will closely work with Battery Integrator responsible Supplier Development and Quality Assurance team.


As a Supplier Development Engineer, Energy Storage and Optimization your work will focus on these responsibilities:

  • Drive the qualification of new and current suppliers and contractors.
  • Execute activities related to supplier evaluation, for example, supplier compliance assessment, supplier audits, and audit follow-up according to supplier audit plans.
  • Partner with supplier in new manufacturing process implementation followed by a transition to start-up, qualification, implementation, and ramp-up of the new production process.
  • Works with the supplier and executes process validation and test method validation. Partners with suppliers to define their process, tools, equipment, and ongoing controls.
  • Ensure quality inspections and audits at suppliers are planned and executed with the target to secure adherence to Wartsila quality requirements. Ensure transparency of information
  • Ensure that reported quality issues and audit findings are analysed, root-caused and corrective actions agreed upon, implemented to prevent quality defects from reoccurrence.
  • Continuously improve suppliers and mitigate potential risks to achieve targets and collaborates in supplier development programs, as well as driving their performance by building and establishing effective correction and improvement actions
  • Participates in product teams with cross-functional team members to qualify and improve supplier manufacturing processes and inspection methods.
  • Take ownership and action on Quality, Delivery and Cost activities utilizing defined Supplier Development tools.
  • Evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering techniques, and procedures on supplied components and supplier manufacturing processes.
  • Organize and lead operational excellence initiatives at suppliers to support cost reduction and supplier performance improvement.
  • Conduct inspection and testing to secure a quality product.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have: 

  • 5+ years’ experience of Battery Cell, Module, and BMS (Battery Management System), electrical engineering, supplier development and/or quality experience in power systems, renewables or energy storage industry
  • Product and process auditing experience, management system auditing experience with ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 or similar is preferred. Furthermore, certification within Lean and/or Six Sigma will be perceived as an advantage.
  • Experience in product validation and approval process such as Product Part Approval Process (in Wärtsilä, Wärtsilä Supplier and Part Approval Process)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and are capable of interfacing with numerous parties at all levels in a multicultural environment as a global team member in Supplier Development & Quality team.
  • Familiar with analytical techniques commonly used to investigate component defects and ability to deal with administrative as well as technical tasks.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong bias for action and results orientation is critical.
  • Individual must be self-driven and self-motivated to learn and use that knowledge to produce results.
  • Able to trouble shoot and solve problems on the manufacturing line.
  • Strong solution-oriented approach, capability to implement and persistency to follow-up activities to ensure sustainability and quality.
  • Willing to travel 30% of the time.
  • You possess excellent English (both orally and written)


Why you and us

  • We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative.
  • We have an amazing team, hardworking and talented team. We have a clear purpose to exist and significantly growing business. We are passionate about the work we do and hope to find a colleague with a shared passion for energy storage technologies and a sustainable future.
  • We offer you an independent, challenging, and responsible role in a global supply management organization.
  • You will work with large network of energy storage professionals and have a support of a great team and an open and friendly work environment.

Last application date: 31/12/2023 


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


This is Wärtsilä 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Our team of 17,000 professionals, in more than 200 locations in 68 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com