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Quality Systems Supervisor


As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand. STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, passionate Quality Systems Supervisor to join our team at STIHL’s corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach!

This individual will provide advanced product quality planning to support the successful launch of new parts, processes and products. They will plan and coordinate internal activities to assure all components, processes, and products will satisfy technical requirements, as well as lead and participate in the development and maintenance of quality initiatives, projects, or certifications essential to the successful operations of STIHL.


Position highlights include:

• Benefits – Competitive health insurance, compensation, 401K, bonuses, relocation assistance and PENSION!

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervises Quality Assurance operations to assure all components, processes and products will satisfy technical requirements.
  • Serves as technical liaison with STIHL R&D Germany, suppliers and internal production operations to effectively resolve all issues, promote quality, productivity improvements and cost reduction.
  • Supervises operations to assure all quality planning, budgetary, procedural, legal, personnel and safety requirements are effectively applied.
  • Promotes process improvement through the successful application of management and quality tools.
  • Supervises employees through the development and deployment of performance strategies that increase employee productivity, quality and well-being.
  • Develops and initiates standards and methods for inspection, testing, and evaluation.
  • Devises sampling procedures and designs and develops forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.
  • Establishes programs to evaluate precision and accuracy of production equipment and testing, measurement, and analytical equipment and facilities.
  • Develops and implements methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and devises methods to assess cost and responsibility.
  • Compiles and writes training material and conducts training sessions on quality activities.
  • Coordinates and reports on achievement and maintenance of quality certifications.  Participates and coordinates internal and external audits of STIHL processes, ensuring smooth and successful outcome of audits.
  • Develops and generates statistical reports on inspection activities and results, new product or process testing results, etc. and recommends action as required. 
  • Maintains currency with respect to technical skills by attending training classes, special technical and administration courses, seminars, exhibits and trade shows as needed.
  • All work affecting product quality shall be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, skills, and experience.
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as required.


  • 4 year College Degree in Engineering or related discipline preferred and/or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years direct experience administering the quality function within a high volume manufacturing environment.
  • 3 years of related supervisory experience.
  • Proficient in using systematic techniques, quality tools, and methodologies. E.g. 5 WHY, 8D, APQP, FMEA, Control Plans, Process flow, etc.
  • Proficient in process control, APQP, PPAP, SPC, control plans, PFMEA, Cp & Cpk and MSA studies.
  • Proficient analytical skills (problem solver) with ability to diagnose root causes and influence sustainable actions.    
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.    
  • Ability to lead and take on tasks independently or with minimum supervision.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach