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Senior Quality & Development Engineer

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Date: Mar 15, 2019

Location: Amana, IA, US, 52204

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 30149 

Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, teamwork and the spirit of winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of the world's leading major home appliance company.


Function Overview

Whirlpool is seeking a qualified candidate for the role of Senior Supplier Quality & Development Engineer to join our Suppliers Quality & Development organization. A day in the life of a Senior Supplier Quality & Development Engineer involves the analysis of the quality performance and capability of Supplier Quality KPI at the assembly plant and the definition of actions to enhance supplier’s performance. In another day you might be discussing the quality strategy for this commodity space with the Commodity Sourcing Manager and the Engineering Leads. In this role, you will be traveling up to 60% of the time.


Job Responsibilities

  • Define the Quality strategy to improve supplier key process indicator (KPI) and align that strategy with Supplier Development Engineer (SDE), Managers and Engineering Leads
  •  Actively participate at the Quality Frist, Sharing the supplier’s quality strategy to support supplier problem solving and taking accountability on supplier development activities
  • Work with suppliers to ensure flawless tool transfers at the required volume rate, applying methodologies like advance planning, quality processing (APQP), failure mode effect analysis (FEMA), measurement systems analysis (MSA), statistical process controls (SPC), production part approval process (PPAP) and run rate
  • Conduct Quality system audits on new suppliers
  • Champion Critical Parameters Management (CPM) with suppliers identified in your commodity space
  • Lead manufacturing review and production readiness
  • Conduct risk and capability assessments to assign appropriate actions and tools for supplier development
  • Drive quality improvement with suppliers through the use of structured tools, drill deep wide (DDW), Six Sigma and lean principles
  • Drive a quality culture aligned with zero defect with suppliers and process partners
  • Actively participate at the Quality Frist, Sharing the supplier’s quality strategy to support supplier problem solving and taking accountability on supplier development activities


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline
  • 5+ years’ experience in a manufacturing environment


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in an Engineering discipline
  • Strong technical knowledge of manufacturing, supplier development processes
  • Ability to think independently, be a strong leader, problem solver, and meet critical deadlines



About us


Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit, and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.

At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 
Additional information about the company can be found on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

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