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Quality Engineer III - 50% travel

Date: Jan 8, 2023

Location: Colmar, PA, US

Company: Dorman Products

Dorman Products, a $1.3B+ global supplier of aftermarket motor vehicle parts with 3,300 Contributors and 28 sites across the globe, is seeking a Sr. Quality Engineer to join our growing team. This position will be responsible for leading the quality engineering functions for our Chassis automotive business unit. Activities are to ensure Customer requirements are understood and fulfilled, provide guidance for supplier development, and determine product inspection plans including supplier source inspection prior to product launch. Additionally, the Sr. Quality Engineer will monitor Customer performance, drive internal process performance reviews, manage corrective & preventive quality actions, and perform project management activities related to new product launches and existing product platforms. The Sr. Quality Engineer will work closely with purchasing, supply chain management, quality leadership, and most importantly Customers. This role is also intended to have a percentage of time serving as a North American Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) supporting all of Dorman's Strategic Business Units (SBUs) until a full-time SQE role is created. As such, this role will involve 50-60% travel initially.


Primary Duties

  • Utilize the IATF 16949 standard and Customer specific requirements to develop the business unit’s quality system processes
  • Collaborate with supplier quality engineers (SQE) to identify and improve quality systems and identify process improvement opportunities such as implementation of statistical process control, waste reduction, mentor suppliers on process validation, etc.
  • Work with SQEs to implement effective process controls, including supplier process 8D (corrective actions, preventive actions)
  • Ensure compliance in all 18 elements of new Production Part Approval Process in timely manner
  • Ensure quality issues for new and existing products are addressed proactively using Advanced Quality Planning tools including FMEA, Control plans, Process Flow Charts, Statistical Process Capability and Design of Experiments
  • Create and implement plans for incoming inspection and source inspection
  • Monitor customer feedback and warranty portals daily. Provide required feedback and disposition actions on any non-conforming product
  • Educate contributors on quality system requirements, as well as problem solving and continuous improvement methodologies and other industry best practices
  • Drive and facilitate continual improvement efforts and provide Quality System support for internal operations such as receiving inspection, first article inspections, and control of nonconforming products
  • Support local site quality and operations
  • Perform Supplier Quality onsite process audits and develop improvement action plans
  • Maintain a Customer warranty rate to <1250 ppm (0.125%)
  • Respond to Customer quality requests within QMS defined time requirements



  • Experience working with IATF 16949 and ISO9001 quality management systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work on cross–functional teams and ability to lead projects in a flexible and fast-paced work environment
  • In depth knowledge of various manufacturing processes including but not limited to: machined, casted & molded components, as well as testing of these materials & products
  • Experience in reviewing Supplier audit reports and forming corrective action plans
  • Working knowledge of product qualification testing, inspection tools & equipment, supplier quality activities
  • Working knowledge of root cause analysis techniques: 8D, 3x5Y, Shainin DOE, DFSS, DMAIC
  • Working knowledge of APQP processes: DFMEA, PFMEA, Control Plans, and PPAP
  • In depth knowledge of PCB and electronic assemblies, ESD handling, and packaging a plus
  • Certification or working knowledge of JSTD-001, IPC-A-610 & IPC-A-600 a plus
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated effective project management skills
  • Experience in peer review of common engineering documents (drawings, specifications, standards, procedures)
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite; focus on Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Experience in SAP-QM a plus
  • Travel: Expectation of between 50-60% as needed


Education and/or experience:

  • BS degree in engineering discipline; minimum 10 years’ experience working on product/process projects
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in root cause analysis/problem solving
  • Experience within manufacturing environments; good understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Minimum 3 years' Supplier development experience 
  • Current certification, or pursuit of, an ASQ certification or equivalent job





Dorman Products, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer; we value a combination of ideas, perspectives and cultures. EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V.

Candidates must pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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