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Supplier Development Engineer



Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

Waymo's Supply Chain and Manufacturing teams are making the technology of the future a reality. We handle all production processes and supplier development strategies: from contracts and purchasing, to designs for improved manufacturing, through quality control and delivery. We collaborate actively with Waymo engineering teams as well as external suppliers and partners to make sure everything is built to spec and delivered on time to meet the rising demands of our business.

This hybrid role will report to a Manufacturing Design and Supplier Development Manager.

In this role you'll:

  • Evaluate potential suppliers for their manufacturing and quality capabilities based on project needs.
  • Conduct 3D model and 2D drawing reviews with Engineering and suppliers to assess Design for Manufacturability, and collaborate with Design Engineering to release feasible component designs.
  • Identify supplier equipment, fixture, and tooling needs and lead implementation schedules and efforts to qualify and improve manufacturing processes.
  • Review progress of development activities at supplier locations and serve as point of escalation for manufacturing processes that are not capable of meeting design intent.
  • Drive OK2X (OK2Tool, OK2Build, OK2Ship) deliverables in new product introduction phases and provide on-site support as needed to ensure readiness of the supplier's manufacturing process and quality controls before each build.
  • Work with Global Supply Managers to assess supplier readiness to support build events and production ramp. Identify potential execution issues and provide recommendations to mitigate risk.
  • Develop and execute Quality Control Plans and establish PPAPs.
  • Investigate, correct and monitor ongoing improvement of product quality issues at suppliers and experienced by downstream manufacturing to promptly resolve quality issues.

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • 8+ years experience in a Manufacturing Engineering and/or Supplier Quality Engineering role in the consumer electronics or automotive/transportation space.
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of high/low volume manufacturing processes for vehicle related components such as fascias, cosmetic covers, painting, and plastic/stamped/cast structural components.
  • Experience with a variety of component manufacturing processes such as plastic injection molding, metal casting, metal stamping and forming, CNC machining, weldments, and light manual assembly.
  • Strong skills with the 7D process: problem definition, containment, occurrence/escape root cause analysis, corrective/preventive action planning and execution.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally 20%-40% of the time.

It's preferred if you have:

  • Experience with IATF 16949 5 Core Tools (APQP/PPAP/FMEA/MSA/SPC).
  • Lean manufacturing or Six Sigma experience.
  • Interpretation of design drawings/GD&T, schematics, and cosmetic standards for inspection criteria.
  • Experience working with component manufacturers and suppliers on multiple continents.


The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process.

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Salary Range
$190,000—$238,000 USD