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Supplier Quality Engineer

Watertown, Wisconsin
Job Type
3 Sep 2022

The Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) is responsible for the overall Supplier Quality for Stoughton Trailers.

The SQE works with internal teams (primarily Purchasing, Material Control, and Operations) as well as Suppliers to continuously improve performance of key system components (increase lifecycle, reduce scrap, improve repair processes) by implementing process controls and develop quality assurance plans.

The SQE tracks data, identifies improvement projects, and manages cross functional implementation to improve performance of key components and suppliers.

This position requires leadership skills that would enable the SQE to drive major Quality improvement projects across functions (Manufacturing Engineering, Purchasing, Design Engineering, Material Control and Manufacturing) and various internal sites.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Responsible for adherence to the Cardinal Rules of Safety Using the Statistical Process Control (SPC), Advanced Quality Process (AQP) tools and the Metrics, proactively identify and help implement improvement to the Supplier Quality and Supplier Quality Tools and Processes Promote the use of Statistical Process Control (SPC) and continuous improvement techniques at Suppliers to help them reduce variability and achieve process control Train Suppliers to effectively execute Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCAR) and Corrective Actions Preventive Actions (CAPA) Initiate and follow-up Supplier Corrective Actions (SCAR) in partnership with Manufacturing Engineering to ensure complete and effective root cause analysis and corrective action implementation Perform periodic audits of Supplier Quality Systems for the purpose of assuring continued Supplier conformance to the quality system requirements Develop positive relationships and effective lines of communication with suppliers: Partnership-oriented arrangements Work closely with the Sourcing Group to establish and maintain a Supplier Quality Scorecard (This is part of a bigger Supplier Scorecard that includes Delivery, Cost, Partnership, Advanced Quality Planning and Quality) Develop a Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) as a supplier metric as a tool to help prevent quality issues such as scrap, rework, etc. Participate as a member of the Material Review Board to review Supplier related Nonconformance Material Reports as required Lead weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meetings to review the status of active supplier quality issues Working with minimal direction Ability to interpret blueprints, quality inspection plans, procedures, and work instructions Perform all assigned tasks in a safe, efficient, timely, accurate and highly productive manner according to company policy Attend scheduled work hours on a regular and timely basis. Maintain good attendance Follow company policies and procedures Other tasks as assigned

Above is a list of the most important responsibilities and functions, which are essential to the position.  Employees must be able to perform these essential functions satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.  Accommodations will be evaluated and provided to eligible employees on a case by case basis, depending on the employee's medical restrictions, work availability, the nature of the position, the position's essential functions and other relevant factors.




Four (4) year BS Engineering Degree desired (prefer major in Industrial, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering), in lieu of 5 years' experience


ISO 9001 or IATF Internal Auditor certification preferred

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Five years' experience in a manufacturing environment Prior Supplier Quality experience in a manufacturing environment Strong background in root cause & corrective action (RCCA) theories including 5why, fishbone, 8D, etc. Experience in inspection theories Lean Six Sigma training (Certification preferred) Experience in measurement usage Attention to detail Effective oral and written communication skills Proficient in the use of computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and windows-based programs Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions Good interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interface with people at all levels in numerous functions Must be able to maintain a high activity level and be able to effectively manage and prioritize numerous projects and responsibilities independently Dependable accuracy, organization, and efficiency in work

Must be fluent in English (Bilingual is a plus) Ability to travel (30-40%), including overnight trips




Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Standing Walking Sitting Reaching, pushing, pulling Arm, wrist, hand, finger movement Bending and twisting neck and trunk Ability to verbally communicate Hearing requirements include the ability to hear all verbal communication Ability to lift and move items frequently, occasionally up to 50lbs

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  • Job Reference: 703103763-2
  • Date Posted: 3 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Stoughton Trailers
  • Location: Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent