Lead Engineer

Requisition ID: 13565 

Job Function: Product Development Engineering (40000045) 


Currently we are seeking qualified candidates for a Lead Supplier Quality Engineer opening to join our Findlay organization.  We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a technical background  an emphasis in raw material systems.   In this role you will drive a “zero defect” mentality, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and problem solving culture within the supply base for all assigned components.


Job description:

  • Lead the activities of the Supplier Quality group at the Findlay Division.  This will include supervision and evaluation of SQE’s and hourly support personnel.
  • Champion root cause analysis and implementation of corrective / preventative action for top (common cause) failures, working with Design engineers, Process engineers, and suppliers.
  • Identify, analyze and solve problems by leading cross functional improvement teams.
  • Establish specific short / long term quality goals for assigned suppliers and drive continuous improvement activities.
  • Oversee disposition of PPAP submittals at the factory insuring that all content meets Whirlpool standards.
  • Actively manage the assigned suppliers to ensure seamless product launches for new parts or processes.
  • Work cross functionally to implement No Defect Forwarding strategies with assigned suppliers.
  • Provide real time failure analysis for test failures and assembly issues found in the factory.
  • Travel to suppliers as required and perform process / quality assessments to ensure suppliers are capable to manufacture quality components to support our needs.
  • Identify and drive improvement initiatives on leading component failure modes for each product platform using external (SIR, TCQ) and internal (CAL, FPY, line reject) failure data.
  • Provide a critical link between the quality department and other process partners such as product design, manufacturing, procurement, marketing, etc


Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical, Metallurgical, Chemical) from an accredited university. 
  • 5 years of Quality / Supplier Quality experience preferably in automotive or appliance industry.
  • Strong familiarity with quality & problem solving tools (8D, Drill Deep Drill Wide, 5 Why, Kaizen, FMEA, PPAP, APQP, etc.).
  • Outstanding people skills, with the specific ability to interact as a lead player, apply critical thinking and make decisions.
  • Dynamic self starter with ability to work independently and with cross functional teams.
  • Must have strong problem solving skills, interpersonal, written and oral communications skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization, global team members, and the supply base.
  • 5 years of demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple quality projects with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to travel inside and outside the United States up to 15% of the time.



  • Master’s degree preferred but not required.
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality engineer and Auditor is preferred.
  • In depth computer skills and PC proficiency with preferred knowledge of SAP, SAS, JMP, and Google Apps.
  • Work experience with raw material (steel, plastic, rubber) manufacturing processes is preferred.



Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. We stay true to our philosophy that says good business begins by not following but leading. Our brands and products help people make the most of time so they can focus on making the most of moments that matter. At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
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Full time
Findlay, Ohio 45840, US