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Senior Corporate Supplier Quality Engineer

Date:  Apr 20, 2024

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  29298
Onsite or Remote:  Hybrid Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Monitor the cost of poor quality on a monthly basis. Complete a comparison analysis to plan and report on variances. 
  • Execute non-conformance and root cause analysis as a member of a cross-functional team. 
  • Manage and monitor the quality system in assigned areas; oversee quality functions and create supporting quality documentation. 
  • Develop, create, revise and maintain appropriate quality documentation including work instructions and inspection plans to support manufacturing and assembly of conforming material; create documents to serve as objective evidence of completed work.
  • Execute internal process, work station, and safety audits; work with inspectors to increase the strength of the quality system on the floor.  
  • Complete 8D investigations for all non-conformance issues over 10K.  Work cross-functionally to institute containment actions, short term and long term resolutions that prevent reoccurrence. 
  • Serve as the liaison between quality and operations management; advise and act as subject matter expert to manufacturing leaders and support staff.
  • Participate in FMEA component quality planning sessions, first article criteria and fit checks. 
  • Participate in meetings including; daily management meetings, material review board meetings, and change control board meetings. 
  • Ensure gauge calibration compliance, measurement system analysis studies, and gauge repeatability and reproducibility studies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Quality Engineering, Material Science, Operations or associated field is required. 
  • 10+ years of Process Quality/Quality Engineering experience is needed.   Previous Supplier Quality Engineering experience.
  • Ability to direct personal and professional growth through continued education and certifications. 
  • Prior experience with statistics and statistical analysis. 
  • ASQ Quality Certification, CQE, (Certified Quality Engineer), CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) is preferred. 
  • Lean/Six Sigma Certification is preferred.
  • SAP experience preferred. 
  • Manufacturing experience with fabrication, welding, heat treat and machining is highly preferred.
  • Ability to review and understand drawings/blueprints and have familiarity with measuring systems. 
  • Excellent, effective communication skills are needed for success in this Role.
  • Thorough working knowledge of ISO 9001:2008 and other recognized quality concepts.
  • Must be able to work well with suppliers.   Excellent customer service skills.

Additional Information

Percentage of Travel: 50%

Reasons for Travel: Auditing Suppliers and/or materials at those suppliers. Also, troubleshooting manufacturing and process problems

Most common destinations: Milwaukee and various destinations in USA with occasional oversea travel

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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