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Work at the forefront of automotive innovation with ZF,
one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Principal SDE


Shanghai, SH, CN, 201814

Req ID 22991

Major Responsibilities 

Global SDE Processes, Tools and Methodologies:


  • For both AP local new product projects and global export for NA/EU, maily focus on developing ECU and the other Eletrical Machenical parts  , this position is well versed and experienced in the flawless execution of ZF SDE APQP/PPAP process using the following tools/methods but not limited to: APQP Phases 1-5, Technical Review, PCM/SLP, Launch Readiness Audit and Run-at-Rate.
  • Lead suppliers PV samples submission to assure good parts are on Engineering PV tests.
  • Fully understand and expertly use ZF Supplyon system.
  • Support corporate SDE to evaluate new suppliers using VDA 6.3 from technical wise and make recommendations for sourcing.
  • Create and execute Supplier Development Plans for new (or current) suppliers to bring them to the next operating performance level prior to SOP.  Involves numerous engagements with the supplier including senior management to change attitudes, fix systemic weaknesses and demonstrate that quality is leadership driven.
  • Provide full support to the SQA function in the improvement of supplier performance and quality of responsiveness using the SDE Product & Process audit tool along with the SQA Supplier Quality Improvement process.
  • Participate in global SDE initiatives, e.g. purchasing part family strategy including lead the team if required, process improvement teams, cost reduction etc..
  • Fully understand the active use of AIAG five core tools: APQP, SPC, MSA, PPAP and FMEA.

Supplier Interface: Acts as the Voice of the Supplier

  • Act as the supplier representative / voice for ZF-AP Purchasing.  At times engages the supplier for improvements and actions while at times engages ZF functional groups on behalf of the supplier.
  • Verify that the supplier understands ZF QD83 requirements.
  • Bring cost savings ideas back from the supplier to Purchasing Commodity Management including the championing of some ideas through to implementation.
  • Provide and/or lead 8D problem solving tools and methodologies with the supplier to assure solid root cause identification and irreversible corrective actions during the Launch phase

Process Knowledge / Usage: Commodity Specialist in Key Manufacturing Processes

  • Understand the process minimum requirements for his/her assigned commodities
  • Successfully engage with the supplier to make required improvements to protect ZF SOP.


Key Competencies

  • Knowledge of quality standards such as ISO/TS 16949, VDA 6.3
  • Good knowledge and experience with Quality Management tools such as APQP, PPAP, Problem Analysis Tools, etc
  •  Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  •  Good time management
  •  Ability to lead meetings to a successful conclusion
  •  Experience in dealing with suppliers and senior management personnel 

Education & Work Experience

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Electronic / Industrial Engineering or related technical field.
  • Language: Good English skills both orally and written for global communication needs
  • Experience: Prefer to have ECU assembly or PCBA working experience. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both internally and externally.


Be part of our ZF team as Principal SDE and apply now!


Yichen Wu

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