Vanderlande North America

Senior Quality Engineer

Job ID
Supply Chain/Procurement


The Sr. Quality Engineer must have the ability to interface with all personnel in a manufacturing/warehouse environment, irrespective of their position. The Sr. Quality Engineer must be able to clearly state issues noted, apply root cause corrective action techniques, and develop action plans to prevent recurrence of a discrepancy. This person must be competent with the use of all inspection tools and techniques. Responsible for developing plans and quality inspection work, instructions for internal and external use at a Supplier location and/or a Site Installation. The Sr. Quality Engineer is responsible for establishing daily management goals for lower level personnel, ensuring on time delivery of metrics and reporting to senior management.


The ideal candidate must be fluent in Excel, QE tools with a working knowledge of Visio. They must be able to interpret inspection data and relay the significance of the data to Management, Suppliers and Customers. This person will be required to present to Management, Suppliers and Customers their results, interpretations and possible corrective actions. You will be required to act as the key interface with lower level personnel, mentoring them during Internal and External Audits and Inspections on a daily basis.


Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Mentor personnel in the performance of Visual Mechanical inspections of Production and Purchased parts using complex inspection equipment and specifications.                                             
  • Work with all departments to mitigate process problems that could develop into quality problems for our customers, internal and external.                                               
  • Evaluate problems and make recommendations for possible corrective action to Factory, Supply Chain personnel, Installation Sites and Customers.
  • Conduct Inspection in a timely and diligent manner using appropriate methods and techniques; provide results in real time, to stop the continued production of non-conforming product internally and externally.
  • Coordinate and complete calibration of all test equipment and fixtures.                                               
  • Mentor personnel in the performance of First Article Inspections at the introduction of new products, new machinery or for new suppliers using PPAP methodology. Evaluate problems and make recommendations for corrective action.                             
  • Ensure lower level personnel witness checkpoints, assembly stages, system operational tests, tolerance measurements, and procedural steps when required.
  • Mentor personnel who work with new suppliers in developing inspection requirements and reporting criteria.
  • Ensure internal and external audits are performed to schedule with results reported to management.                                                        
  • Assist lower level personnel in determining disposition of rejected parts/products.                                                        
  • Ensure accurate documented results of the inspections and daily testing; reports should include inspections completed at each work station; number of inspected parts in lot or batch, number of rejected parts. Mentor lower level personnel in the use of Statistical Process Control (SPC), provide report to management of percent defective.                                         
  • Take lead role in 8D and 6S actives throughout the plant; help to improve plant performance and organization.
  • Develop metrics for inspection data.
  • Monitor Supplier Corrective Action System.         



  • Bachelor Degree (Technical preferred) or Minimum 5-7 years related manufacturing experience with High School diploma.
  • Strong knowledge of quality tools such as Gage R&R, MSA, PFMEA, Control Plan, GD&T, SPC, Cpk, Dimensional checks.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point.
  • Strong Analytical Skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, verbal and writing skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
  • Knowledge of metal properties and operational sequences, production, assembly, and logistics processes.
  • Knowledge of "6S", “8D”, ISO 9001 and OSHA requirements.                     
  • Knowledge of quality equipment and procedures, including calibration.                                               
  • Knowledge of blueprints, welding symbols (AWS & ISO standards).        
  • Ability to mentor entry level personnel in quality and inspection tools and techniques.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt.
  • Certified ISO Audito.


Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (Competencies):

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent Problem Solving Skills.
  • Must be able to communicate with others.
  • Must be able to follow and understand instructions.
  • Must be able to work with others and in a Team environment.
  • Ability to work Safe using knowledge of OSHA regulations.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow blueprints.
  • Must be aware of their (shared) responsibility for the quality of the final product within the value stream.
  • Working Knowledge of "6S"
  • Working Knowledge of Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Process Capability studies, Control Plans, First Article Inspections
  • Knowledge of quality equipment and procedures, including calibration requirements                      
  • Working knowledge of blueprints, welding symbols (AWS & ISO standards)


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment/physical requirements described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.


Required to stand for extended periods of time, lift heavy objects on a regular basis, do repetitive tasks with few break.          


List something regarding the work environment.  Such as employee will be subject to warehouse environment, cold temperatures of (list degrees), and will be required to wear jacket.  Noise levels (list type of noise levels and smells if any).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 75 pounds.)


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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