Title:  STA Engineer


hethel, GB

Date:  21 Jul 2024

STA Engineer 


About the Role:

To assist in managing supplier’s quality activities within the supplier base to ensure day to day production targets are achieved. This will involve defect prevention and timely problem resolution.
This role offers the opportunity to demonstrate business improvement and measurable change throughout the Lotus production supply chain thereby improving product quality and customer satisfaction.
This role will be focused on supplier quality related activities as part of a larger Quality team that will deliver visible and measurable improvement of the production supplier base worldwide by implementing best practice automotive quality and supply chain strategies.



  • Manage production related PPAP and concern resolution activities for current production series
  • Produce regular reports including action plans for management, supplier development plans
  • Manage, plan and carry out supplier manufacturing site assessments to support current production
  • Develop and agree supplier development activity plan with internal stakeholders ensuring the team meets the plan and PPM/Quality improvements are achieved.
  • New Part Introduction and/or new supply source, develop PPAP activity plan in conjunction with key stakeholders
  • Ensure all supplier visits are completed to process and any actions raised are taken to closure.
  • Report part approval status.
  • Current Production Support, interface with Resident SQ team to ensure issues are prioritised and addressed in a timely manner to minimize any effect on production and quality targets.
  • Experience of using various quality tools such APQP, PPAP, 8D, FMEA, Control plans, MSA, SPC, process Mapping, problem solving skills. Be able to demonstrate experience of using SQA/Quality core tools.
  • Support STA Manager and Lead engineers to meet supplier quality targets and Lotus business requirements.


Qualifications and Experience 

Essential Criteria:

  • HND/HNC or Degree level in Engineering or similar related discipline
  • Broad understanding of manufacturing processes related to automotive production
  • Technically aware and capable of interpreting manufacturing processes
  • Automotive OEM or 1st Tier supplier experience in a supplier quality role.
  • Automotive supplier in a supplier quality engineering role
  • Effective communication skills with the drive to resolve supplier related quality and production problems
  • Analytical with an attention to detail
  • Demonstrate a quality mind set and can-do approach to problem solving
  • Results focused
  • Full driving license
  • A willingness to travel worldwide at short notice, working at suppliers’ sites to resolve problems


About Lotus:

Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarter for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track.

Lotus builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.  
The latest new model from Lotus is the Eletre. Unveiled in March 2022, it has the soul of a sports car and the usability of an SUV. It is pure electric, and represents a clear vision of the future ambition of the company.
The ongoing transformation of Lotus, from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand, is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy. It states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative and motivated people to join us on our journey.  
We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility; with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.
What we offer you:
In addition to a competitive salary, you will have access to the following benefits:

  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • Hybrid working
  • Half day finish on a Friday
  • 6% pension contribution 
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme, based on your contribution and the performance of the company
  • Private Healthcare
  • Group income protection based on length of service
  • Paid time off for medical appointments
  • Family Friendly policies
  • Exclusive Employee discount, wellbeing and recognition platform #ForUSLOT