Supply Chain Quality Engineer

Work Location : Portland, OR   

Functional Area : Supply Chain / Logistics 

Number of Openings : 1 

Current Openings : 1.00 


Blount International, Inc. has an exceptional opportunity for a Supply Chain Quality Engineer.  This position will be located at global headquarters in Portland, Oregon.


Blount International and our product brands represent superior customer value and leading world-class quality products.  This high visibility and high impact position works collaboratively across the organization, supporting our efforts to offer increasingly efficient, high performance equipment that help our customers get their job done right.


We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members.



The successful candidate will join a dynamic Global Quality Team, performing assignments to support our supply chain quality efforts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. This position works closely with others to create, enact and monitor necessary ongoing supplier audits, testing and inspection data to assure that ongoing production meets Blount’s business unit requirements.



  • Conduct onsite supplier assessments such as Quality Management System (QMS) and Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security (EHS&S)
  • Supports cross functional teams to develop and approve part qualifications/PPAP’s
  • Supports Engineering in developing test plans and procedures designed to qualify product to meet design, marketing and quality standards and targets
  • Participates in design reviews and team meetings; ensure adherence to quality discipline and rigor
  • Work with suppliers to drive the reduction of Blount internal and external Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ)
  • With support helps key suppliers to develop their technical capabilities and quality systems
  • Maintains Supply Chain Quality metrics and reporting
  • Actively manages warranty claims and customer complaints (external) and nonconforming material (NCM) (internal) occurrences
  • Initiates Corrective Actions/Preventive Actions (CAPA) including supplier training/coaching as necessary
  • Interpret warranty and return data against voice of the customer, safety, compliance and performance specifications
  • Works with cross functional teams to monitor - audits, testing, and inspection data to ensure ongoing production meets requirements
  • Takes direction on evaluating and measurably improving quality processes
  • Supports supply chain with supplier scorecard/certification program and status
  • Help establish and implement new standards, thought processes, strategies while leading special projects
  • Maintain open communication through conversation and both formal and informal documents



  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Physical Science, or related field is required; Quality Engineer certification and ASQ certification preferred



  • Two or more years of experience in a quality or engineering role within a manufacturing environment, to include the application and use of lean principles and Six Sigma, applying general knowledge of business developed through education or past experience
  • Mechanical background in consumer products required; preference for experience working with zinc and aluminum die-casting, plastic injection molding, metal fabrication/stamping, finish evaluations (powder coating, wet painting & plating)
  • Production part approval process (PPAP) knowledge
  • Quality tools experience (PFMEA, Gauge R&R, SPC, process capability analysis, Problem Solving Tools, etc.)
  • Minimal Experience with ISO 9001 / IATF-16949
  • Able to complete responsibilities in a timely, professional and quality manner
  • Uses existing procedures to solve standard problems; analyzes information and standard practices to make judgments
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms
  • Collaborative and effective team player and able to work with teams who are globally dispersed
  • Sets a good example of personal integrity
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to learn; seek out development activities to improve skills and increase knowledge; learn from other team members and own mistakes
  • Takes initiative, seeks and acts on opportunities to improve organization performance
  • Ability to translate specific goals into action and follow through to achieve goals
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and data management software (SAP preferred)
  • Available to work onsite as required by job; available for domestic and international travel several times per year



Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We also supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with cutting attachments.


Blount offers products under the brand names of OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, KOX, SpeeCo®, ICS®, and Pentruder.  For more information, visit


Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Blount International
Full time
Portland, OR 97086, US