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Supplier Quality Engineer (Relocate to Virginia Beach)

Virginia Beach, VA

Are you a highly motivated, able to think and work independently Supplier Quality Engineer?

Position Highlights:

  • Visibility – Professional will be involved with all aspects of the organization.  From the highest of decision makers to each vertical group, manufacturing, marketing, sales, finance, HR, etc.
  • Cutting Edge Manufacturing Environment:  – CHECK OUT OUR VIRTUAL PLANT TOUR!

Position 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 mentor with team members to support and develop diversity, expertise, and stability.
  • Lead and 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 more difficult and intricate 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.


  • Bachelors of Science Degree required; emphasis in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, or Quality Engineering 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
  • Expert level in auditing and assessing production, corporate social responsibility, environmental, and quality capabilities according to international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO/TS16959, VDA, and ISO 14001.
  • Expert level in using systematic techniques, quality tools, and methodologies. E.g. 5 WHY, 8D, APQP, FMEA, Control Plans, Process flow, etc.
  • Expert level in process control, APQP, PPAP, SPC, control plans, PFMEA, Cp & Cpk and GR&R studies.
  • Expert level analytical skills (problem solver) with ability to diagnose root causes and influence sustainable actions.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with domestic and international suppliers while assuming a lead role in activities.





EOE/ Drug Free Workplace

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.