Supplier Quality Engineer (Drive Module)



Quality Assurance
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2023
The Supplier Quality Engineer will play a key role in ensuring world-class performance of the Zoox prototype and production supply base, and drive continuous improvement. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, driven, energetic, detailed, and team-oriented.
Candidates with experience in Automotive Chassis Structural components, familiar with parts such as - Front and Rear Subframe Castings, Extrusion beams, TIG / MIG Welded parts, General Cast and Stamped Brackets/Parts, further having a good understanding of mfg and general assembly processes such as - brake control systems, general machining & sheet metal forming, Assembly Fixtures, End of Line Assembly testing (such as - Pressure, leak, Voltage, etc…) will be highly preferred.

In this role, you will:

  • Works with Vehicle Systems Engineering to assess the manufacturability of new product designs.
  • Works with Engineering and Strategic Sourcing managers to select appropriate suppliers with the right manufacturing knowhow by conducting detailed Supplier process assessments/audits and further provides feedback to management on final selection.
  • Works with suppliers on all technical design elements of the drawing. Conducts CAD model and print reviews with suppliers to access design for manufacturability and further collaborates in investigating/developing new manufacturing techniques (if necessary) to meet the design requirements.
  • Leads the Supplier Industrialization Roadmap (SIR), thereby conducting product and process development activities, capability assessment at the supplier manufacturing site.
  • Facilitate design for manufacturing communication between design engineering and supplier to improve the producibility of the product design.
  • Works with strategic sourcing managers to assess supplier readiness for different Zoox vehicle build events, identifies and highlights risks related to production ramp, and further collaborates and reports back on risk mitigation plans to the management.
  • Manage and continuously improving the APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) process with suppliers from initial design stage through PPAP submission and all the way through SOP (start of production).
  • Analyze and report the incoming supplier part quality metrics for the assigned supply base, which includes First Article Inspection reports, Cp/Cpk analysis, Pareto, Statistical Process Control, and Process Capability Studies.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent engineering degree.
  • At least 8 years of experience in Quality, Supplier Quality, or Manufacturing in the automotive, aviation, or medical device industries or a combination of both Supplier Quality and Internal Plant quality development.
  • Experience using problem-solving techniques such as Six-Sigma, 8-Discipline, Pareto Charts, Regression Analysis, ANOVA, DOE, Fish Bone Analysis, Red-X.
  • Experience with manufacturing processes such as - Castings, Welding, stamping, and electromechanical assemblies.
  • Working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Tooling and Fixture Verification and validation, and final buyoff at supplier.
  • Working knowledge and solid understanding of Quality and Automotive systems such as ISO 9000 and IATF 16949.
  • Up to 40% of domestic/international travel required, occasionally on short notice.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Working knowledge of IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610 & IPC-A-620 standards
  • Fully literate in Microsoft computer applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary range for this position is $132,000 to $217,000. A sign-on bonus may be offered as part of the compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location and level. Leveling, as well as positioning within a level, is determined by a range of factors, including, but not limited to, a candidate's relevant years of experience, domain knowledge, and interview performance. The salary range listed in this posting is representative of the range of levels Zoox is considering for this position.
Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.
About Zoox
Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application or interview process please reach out to accommodations@zoox.com or your assigned recruiter.
A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.