Supplier Quality Engineer in Valley, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 10/12/2018

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28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Supplier Quality Engineer is a key technical contributor responsible for working with Suppliers, Design Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain for the selection of qualified suppliers and improvement of supplier performance to provide a positive impact on the quality of new and existing products. The Supplier Quality Engineer works with Design Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain teams to drive continuous design and process improvements at suppliers. 

Essential Functions:

  • This position reports into the Director Strategic Sourcing and has no direct reports.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • Serves as an active quality liaison and main point of contact between suppliers, supply chain, operations and design engineering when major quality problems exist that affect product quality.
  • Works with suppliers to obtain and close Corrective Actions and to ensure that root causes have been properly identified and eliminated.
  • Responsible for addressing and resolving supplier issues and driving formal corrective action. Leads the tracking and root cause analysis of designated supplier’s product/process non-conformances. Recommends resolution to non-conformances where appropriate.
  • Ability to lead and conduct Supplier Assessments in conjunction with Supply Chain to qualify potential new suppliers or evaluate existing suppliers. Works with existing supply base to meet quality standards.
  • Works with Supply Chain management to identify strategic suppliers and uses the supplier scorecard system to monitor performance of those strategic suppliers.
  • Supports and assists suppliers to improve quality and reduce total cost per part by eliminating waste in the supply chain process.
  • Represents the company to all external parties (customer and supplier) in a professional and beneficial manner.
  • Responsible for developing and leading routine risk assessment activity on all new products.
  • Responsible for establishing, reviewing, and approving all suppler requirements related to Quality Systems on assigned new product developments.
  • Maintains effective and professional relationships with managers and personnel at both supplier and customer locations.

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • Drives the part approval (PPAP) and quality improvement processes using the appropriate tools (PFMEA’s, process flow charts, control plans, capability studies, part layouts, Gage R & R, SPC, etc.) as required.
  • Works with key suppliers to develop and implement quality targets and plans. Assists with supplier performance monitoring, including: PPM’s, 8D, % On-time delivery, % PPAP completed on-time and first time.
  • Works with Design Engineering and Supply Chain to ensure that quality criteria are clearly identified on all newly established parts and communicated to suppliers.
  • Works with Design Engineering and Supply Chain to reduce the Cost of Poor Quality. This may include items such as corrective action, design changes and supplier process changes.
  • Supports suppliers (or participates where appropriate) in effective Process Failure Mode Analysis to ensure all failure modes are captured, all appropriate failure modes from the DFMEA are carried over into the process FMEA, all rankings are appropriately assigned, actions are taken against high RPN’s, and historical "lessons learned" information is carried over into current PFMEA’s.
  • Reviews supplier PPAP submissions including control plans and assists with control plan creation where necessary. Ensures all appropriate significant or Critical to Quality (CTQ) characteristics are included, that reaction plans are adequate and customer approval is obtained where necessary.

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Bachelors with 6+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 8+ years relevant experience or 10+ years of relevant experience
  • A minimum of 5 years quality related experience.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 6 sigma and lean manufacturing/lean enterprise certifications or equivalent experience
  • Experience working in two or more functional areas: Engineering, Project Management, Quality, Manufacturing or Operations is preferred
  • Experience with steel/metal components

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an office setting.  The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings.    Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time.  Employee must be able to travel up to 25%, including overnight stays.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer.  The employee is occasionally required to move about the office.  Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email