Supplier Development Specialist

Date: May 10, 2023

Location: Cleveland, OH, US, 44117

Company: Lincoln Electric


Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of the highest quality arc welding products, automated joining assembly and cutting systems, and has a global leading position in brazing and soldering alloys. With over 125 years of innovation and service excellence, we are committed to employing talent that will support our strategy to foster innovation, drive growth and provide a first class experience for our customers. Lincoln Electric: we operate to a higher standard to build a better world.

Req. ID23126 




PURPOSE: This position supports the Supply Management function by improving supplier performance and selection.  Additionally this position incumbent will develop professional business relationships internally and externally.



  • Ensures a compliant and qualified supply base by conducting supplier audit and evaluations.
  • Improves supplier performance.
  • Assures Supplier Corrective and Preventive Action plans are developed and executed.
  • Leads and directs monthly MRB “Material Review Board” meetings with multiple divisions.
  • Improves supplier selection through cross-functional qualification processes and reviews.
  • Leads and/or participates in Continuous Improvement activities.
  • Maintains and monitors supplier performance and compliance to requirements through Supplier Scorecards, Audits, SCAR’s, and other reporting tools.
  • Develops positive relationships and work closely with Senior Buyers, Sourcing Specialists, and other cross-functional areas.
  • Supports supplier engineering changes and new product introductions.
  • Interfaces with Suppliers, Logistics, Engineering, Service, Manufacturing, and Quality to drive improvements that minimizes the cost of quality.
  • Remains knowledgeable and supports all Lincoln Electric policies, procedures, and other regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Supports other Cleveland Management Entities as well as International Subsidiaries and Affiliates in the improvement of their quality systems, supplier development program or general business best practices via audit, consultation, and training.
  • Up to 40% travel, mainly domestically with occasional international travel.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as needed or directed in support of the Company’s 2025 Strategy.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or technical discipline is preferred.
  • Non-Technical degree combined with approximately 5 years’ experience in manufacturing, engineering. Quality assurance or other relevant experience considered.
  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer or equivalent demonstrated experience preferred.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Excel and proficient with other Microsoft Office products desired.
  • Established problem solving, root-cause analytical skills to lead and influence others to drive change
  • Experience with DFSS practices preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Quality Management System tools, continuous improvement methodologies, manufacturing processes and materials preferred.
  • Demonstrated results within all levels of the organization using concepts of design controls, design verification and validation activities; production and process controls; Supplier Corrective & Preventive Action (SCAPA), complaints & risk management; and product quality improvement tools such as six sigma, DFM, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop, communicate, and implement a strategy to improve supply chain performance.
  • Demonstrated collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
  • Developed oral and written communication skills.



Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Supply Management 
Section:  Lincoln Cleveland (US10) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

Job Segment: Quality Assurance, Welding, Technology, Manufacturing