Supplier Quality Engineer

Date: Mar 7, 2023

Location: Milwaukie, OR, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Warn Automotive, part of Vehicle Service Group is a world leader in driveline disconnect technology. Our heritage comes from making WWII surplus Jeeps easier to drive on the road with the first unlocking hubs. We continue today by making disconnects for cars, trucks, and SUVs around the world. These trusted technologies come from years of innovation and listening to our customer's needs. We have a bright future ahead so come join our growing team at Warn Automotive.

Position Summary:


Supplier Quality Engineer develops, communicates, and implements Warn Automotive’s supply base quality strategy.  Supplier Quality Engineer works with suppliers to achieve their quality objective, including supplier rating status, and assists in New Product work (Advanced Product Quality Planning) and resolution of supplier issues.


Essential Functions:


  1. Drive robust failure mode avoidance through the development and utilization of supplier assessments and 2nd party audits.
  2. Travel up to 25%-50% - including both domestic and international travel
  3. Drive continuous improvement in manufacturing excellence throughout the supply base.
  4. Manage the progression of key suppliers to achieve high performance ratings and manage the deployment of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process and disciplines into supply base.
  5. Drive deployment of Quality performance requirements, initiatives and training to supply base in tools (e.g. Benchmarking, Lean Manufacturing, Reliability and Robustness, 8D methodology, PFMEA (Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis), SPC (Statistical Process Control), Gage R&R (Repeatability and Reproducibility), etc.) as required.
  6. Provide new location evaluations and Quality data to support sourcing decisions.
  7. Maintain Quality-related database for assigned suppliers.
  8. In coordination with stakeholders, drive closure of supplier process Quality related issues.
  9. Provide information and reports to both internal and external (OEM) customers.
  10. Successfully operate in a matrix or team environment.
  11. Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills ensuring clear communication, healthy dialogue, and escalation as needed.
  12. Accountable for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in assigned area.  Responsible for design and operating effectiveness of internal controls, including a self-assessment and report to management.
  13. Accountable for developing and monitoring processes and practices necessary for legal and ethical compliance in assigned area.
  14. Work safely and without injury.
  15. Performs other various duties as may be assigned.



Supervisory Responsibility:

This position does not have direct reports.


Availability Requirements:

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions of this position, the importance of personal interactions with coworkers and direct reports, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent availability, accessibility, and presence on-site and after-hours. 


The required number of hours / week will vary depending on what is required to efficiently perform the job duties of this position.  This position will require availability and accessibility to respond to and address emergencies and critical situations outside of normal business operating hours in the early mornings, evenings and/or during weekends.



  1. AIAG Core Tools:  Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Statistical Process Control (SCP) and Product Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  2. Effective Time Management
  3. Application and execution of formal problem-solving tools:  8D, 5 why, Fishbone
  4. Understanding and application of supplier-applicable AIGA CQI & Special Process Assessments requirements
  5. AIAG Certified 2nd Party Auditor
  6. Electronics Industry Quality Standard Application (IPC, Institute of Printed Circuits)
  7. OEM Customer-Specific Requirements Application (CSR)
  8. OEM Customer Engineering-Specific Requirements Application
  9. IMDS Database use and management
  10. Conflict Minerals system management
  11. Experience in a Decision-Making Role
  12. Project Planning and management of tasks
  13. Matrix based management of engineers, designers, technicians or other team members to assure successful project completion preferred
  14. Negotiation skills with supplier regarding delivery, timing and other non-price objectives preferred


Required Education and/or Experience:

    1. BS degree in engineering, mathematics or related technical focus or equivalent experience
    2. Related ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
    3. Four plus years working in an automotive manufacturing facility or related high-volume production facility
    4. Two plus years Electronics Industry Quality Engineering Experience



Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:


  1. Strong oral and written communication skills commensurate with the job tasks and position necessary to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers while providing exceptional quality of work and outstanding customer service.  Ability to present information in a manner designed to educate or inform other team members and customers in one-on-one or group interactions as directed.
  2. Ability to review, comprehend, interpret, process and evaluate effectively written work instructions and procedures written in English, prints, specs and diagrams, and tool gauges, measuring devices and inspection tools in conjunction with the performance of the essential functions and other assigned job duties.
  3. Ability to create, review, comprehend, interpret, process and evaluate effectively documents written at the highest levels in English, in conjunction with the performance of the essential functions and other assigned job duties.  Must have mathematical skills equivalent to those required under education and/or experience. 
  4. Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills including ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining a calm, rational and respectful demeanor and communication style in times of stress occasioned by work demands, tight timelines, high expectations and other work-related issues or concerns that may cause a heightened level of anxiety, frustration, anger, disappointment, confusion, etc.
  5. Enthusiastic adoption and consistent demonstration of Warn Automotives’ Core Values:  Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit, Winning Through Customer Focused Innovation, Respects & Values People, Expectations for Results, High Ethical Standards, Openness and Trust.
  6. Strong technical, trouble-shooting, problem solving, research, organizational and analytical skills, combined with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet established deadlines.  Ability to multitask is also essential while remaining flexible with changing priorities and deadlines. 
  7. Well-reasoned decision making with a high attention to detail regarding organization, planning, work flow, and project prioritization to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately.
  8. Highly ethical, self-motivated individual with ability to work independently and/or with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment, while consistently demonstrating collaborative, respectful and productive work habits.


Physical Requirements:


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Receive, understand, evaluate and appropriately respond to communications from employees, members of management, customers, vendors, and visitors using available technology, in person and in a public setting when necessary.
  2. Work for extended periods of time in a stationary position daily while performing repetitive assembly-related movements that may include consistently grasping, moving, and manipulating parts, tools, equipment and product in conjunction with completing required job tasks.
  3. Maintain professional and respectful communication style to ensure reactions and responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations serve as an example to others of appropriate workplace communications.
  4. Provide intellectually sound and well-reasoned answers, recommendations and solutions to identified business problems, issues and/or questions.  Efficiently and quickly analyze, process, manipulate, and accurately record extensive amounts of data (some of which is technical in nature) and other information that serves as the basis for this position.
  5. Move to, from and within the designated work area frequently and consistently throughout the work day and regularly throughout our building and/or across Warn Automotive-related property site locations, possibly during inclement weather.
  6. Use a personal computer or other technology devices frequently and consistently for the purpose of reviewing, analyzing, creating, transmitting, and presenting documents, data and other business-related information.
  7. Lift, transport and/or move up to 20 pounds of weight occasionally in the performance of regular duties.  Occasional bending, stooping, walking up and down stairs, and kneeling may be required.


Environment/Atmospheric Conditions:


The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  This position’s job duties are performed generally in an office environment with traditional office lighting and office furniture, as well as consistent and frequent noise, interruptions and other similar distractions.  It may be necessary for a team member in this position to enter a shop environment where they may be exposed to loud noises from operating machinery, cold temperatures, and chemicals and vapors. 


Machines, Tools Equipment, Software:


Personal computer, network environment, fax machine, copy machine, other office equipment, IT-specific software as outlined in the position Requirements. 


The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be required for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this or similar positions and additional duties may be assigned.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Oregon : Milwaukie

Sub Division : VSG Warn Automotive

Job Requisition ID : 47344

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