Chicago supply chain recruitment agency seeks a Supplier Development Specialist

Overview: Kappa Search, Inc. is the city of Chicago’s leading supply chain recruitment agency that specializes in the permanent placement purchasing, supply chain and manufacturing roles. Currently, we are seeking a Supplier Development Specialist for our client located in the Kalamazoo, MI area. We are specifically looking for someone who can initiate and facilitate consistent improvement initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, resolving various quality issues. This person will also need to be able to closely compare a supplier’s particular performance with contractual obligations.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate and engage in supplier site audits
  • Coordinate and initiate audits with cross functional team
  • Oversee vendor quality management
  • Analyze and evaluate process capability


  • Bachelors degree in engineering, supply chain, business, or materials management
  • Several years of supplier development experience
  • Indirect or direct experience with sourcing of machining components or metal stampings
  • Analytically and technically savvy
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills