Manager, Supplier Quality in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 2/8/2021

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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us! 

The Supplier Quality Manager  is responsible for all aspects of the Supplier Quality Management program at Hawthorne Gardening Company. They will be required to perform routine audits of existing critical suppliers according to the established SOPs. The Supplier Quality Engineer will work throughout the new innovation quality process to vet new contract manufacturers and develop a comprehensive quality control plan for the manufacture of critical raw materials, components and products. This role will support qualification of new tooling and assess supplier capability through manufacturing trials, review first article inspections per specifications, and approve/release contract manufacturers. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assure adherence to all Hawthorne (SMG) and Regulatory/Compliance standards that pertain to supplier quality and execute appropriate actions associated with these standards.

  • Lead and perform routine audits of critical suppliers to assess the health of their quality management systems (QMS) and drive improvement. 

  • Engage in the new supplier selection process to ensure critical suppliers are audited, graded and approved according to the SQRAM process.

  • Work alongside the Category Brand Manager through the New Innovation Quality process to qualify new suppliers and products. 

  • Work closely with critical suppliers to develop comprehensive quality control plans for the manufacture of critical raw materials (CoA), components and finished goods (CoC).

  • Manage incoming and outgoing inspection process of critical raw materials, components and distributed goods to ensure conformance to quality. 

  • Manage supplier quality issues and drive improvement through the CAPA process. 

  • Manage supplier material quality holds for non-conforming product, sample inspection of suspect bad lots, segregation of bad product, management of non-conforming materials, and rework of distributed goods.

  • Work closely with the Procurement Team to develop supplier KPI’s and manage Supplier Performance through Vendor Scorecard system. 

  • Communicate Supplier Performance KPI’s to senior leadership.

  • Drive continuous improvement and provide technical guidance to the business. 

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in quality, engineering, or related technical field (Master’s preferred)

  • Minimum 5 years related supplier quality management experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Proven record of developing and implement Supplier Quality programs 

  • Knowledge of statistical software packages (Minitab preferred)

  • Familiarity with plastics, mold processes, dry powder processes, metal forming/welding, and associated testing methodology

  • Ability to effectively influence cross-functionally at various levels within the business

  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse).

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 13 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.