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Supplier Quality Engineer


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, ambitious Supplier Quality Engineer to join our team at STIHL’s corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach!

This individual will be a lead contributor to the procurement team for assessing, developing, and evaluating the production and quality capabilities of STIHLメs supply base.

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

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyze data and develop value added reporting graphics on supplier performance, trends, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply systematic techniques to conduct, analyze, and evaluate quality challenges. E.g. DOE, FMEA, GR&R, etc.
  • Participates as a team member to support and develop diversity, expertise, and stability.
  • Facilitate implementation of elements of APQP with new and existing suppliers on projects.
  • Drive quality and process improvements, such as quality agreements, quality specifications, in collaboration with Commodity Managers, Procurement Supply Chain, Purchasing, R&D and Internal Customers.
  • Conduct supplier audits as needed of supplier’s production locations and sub-tier suppliers to ensure the supplier has the quality and production capabilities to meet STIHL’s requirements and expectations.
  • Participate with internally assigned group tasks such as project management, APQP, Supplier Evaluation, Monthly reporting, etc. Create, maintain, and document Quality Notifications to ensure they contain valued information and documented actions.
  • Participate in the assessment, release, and development of new and existing series suppliers.
  • Notifies and negotiates sorting and rework actions with suppliers to realize equitable solutions.
  • Contribute in the development and execution of inspection plans, testing methods, inspection rates, and inspection techniques. Champion the development of supplier quality improvement plans for the nominated supply chain.
  • Assist internal customers to identify, confirm, and address quality and design issues regarding purchased goods or services.
  • Work with internal teams to ensure the consistent application of specifications, functional, testing, and inspection requirements.
  • Determine disposition of reject goods or services; including developing and releasing sorting or rework criterion. Lead supplier actions to ensure objectives are sustainable, and completed in a timely manner.
  • Champion internal and external efforts to monitor, consider, and reduce cost of quality.
  • Participate in the creation, development, and implementation of local systems or controls. Refers more complex problems to higher level SQE’s or supervisor.
  • Assume additional related responsibilities as assigned or as needed.


  • Bachelors of Science Degree required; emphasis in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, or Quality Engineering preferred
  • ASQ CQA certification: preferred 4+ years demonstrated experience in supplier quality engineering required; with emphasis on quality principles and methods
  • 4+ years of experience working with international suppliers and quality standards.
  • Intermediate level verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with domestic and international suppliers while assuming a lead role in activities.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally is required.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach