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Regional Quality Manager at Valmont Industries

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Valley, Nebraska

Job Description:
28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Regional Quality Manager (RQM) is responsible for providing Quality Assurance guidance and support to their respective manufacturing locations. This includes indirect supervision or strong dotted line reporting structure between the RQM and plant quality personnel. This dotted line reporting structure ensures the RQM's have a voice in plant quality activities. As such, the RQM will provide quality related guidance directly to plant quality personnel. Additionally, the RQM is expected to work with plant management to help them understand how their plants are performing relative to quality requirements, and work with them on areas of opportunity. The RQM works directly with the plant quality representatives to evaluate quality metrics, which includes evaluating Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) data, identifying areas of opportunity, and implementing solutions. At times the RQM provides high-level guidance, participate as part of a factory led team, or lead events. RQM's also support QMS compliance, participate in and/or lead third party and customer audits, QCAR review and approval, contract review, and quality portions of the 5CC effort.

The incumbent must be capable of distinguishing between Quality requirements that may vary significantly between the ESS and Utility divisions, different market channels present within each division, design types, special customer requirements and several national or international welding and inspection standard guidelines or codes. A thorough understanding of welding processes used at each site is necessary.

An RQM has stop work authority as it pertains to non-conforming product.

Essential Functions:

  • Assess CoPQ results to determine where the best opportunities are to reduce cost
  • Provide overall QA guidance to manufacturing site quality personnel
  • Guide and support QC teams at respective manufacturing plants to recognize, prevent, and correct defects before they reach the customer
  • Provide containment, root cause, and corrective action guidance to respective plants
  • Work with plant quality personnel to understand and evaluate FPY and Reoccurrence Rate metrics
  • Provide guidance to plant management relative to plant performance as it relates to quality
  • Ensure standardized inspection processes are in place at manufacturing sites
  • Ensure inspection requirements are clearly communicated to the QC teams
  • Investigation of customer complaints and implementing or issuing corrective actions as needed
  • Support QMS compliance
  • Lead and/or assist with customer and 3rd party audits
  • Review and approve quality related QCAR's
  • Participate in contract/specification review
  • Assist with quality portions of the 5CC audit
  • Help with R&D efforts for new products or designs; specifically how they will be impacted by welding variables and developing inspection criteria
  • This position reports directly to the Vice President of Quality Assurance
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, as needed
  • This role requires a significant amount of travel throughout North America and potentially overseas. While the amount of travel will ebb and flow, it is reasonable to assume travel time may be 50%+.

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • This position is a change agent, and cannot accept status quo.
  • This requires the individual to successfully work with circumstances where change is required, but is not desired by many.
  • Ability to lead both direct and dotted line reports.
  • The incumbent must possess effective human relation and communication skills necessary to work with all levels of administrative and operations teams from all divisions, commercial teams internally, externally with customers, auditors, and outside inspectors.
  • Must be a person of passion and integrity who has the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Bachelor's degree with 6 years of relevant experience, Associates' degree with 8 years of relevant experience or 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Previous supervisory experience in a production or Quality Assurance role in a metals fabrication environment
  • Familiar with VT, MT, and UT NDT methods
  • Capable of interpreting production drawings, and internal and external specifications to distinguish between conforming and non-conforming products
  • Comfortable using and explaining best judgement regarding specification interpretation on a regular basis
  • Above average proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn other computer programs as needed
  • The ability to accurately disseminate industry specific information to QC personnel as well as frame the same information in a way that anyone can understand
  • Six Sigma Green Belt

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Associates Degree
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Possess AWS - Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification in accordance with D1.1 provisions

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is usually performed in an office setting. The incumbent may be required to sit for a period of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests.

This job at times requires the individual to work in manufacturing shop environments, as well as customer job sites. Environments are fast paced and demanding most of the time. The temperature for plants may range from 40 degrees in the winter to over 110 degrees in the summer while customer job sites are exposed to the elements. Shops are noisy environments with sustained sound levels above 80 decibels. The manufacturing plants require PPE (ear plugs, safety glasses, and metatarsal safety shoes are required at all times in the work areas). Additionally, customer job sites may require PPE depending on the type of site. Typically this is safety glasses, safety shoes, hi-vis vest and hardhat. Depending on the location fire retardant clothing may be required, as well as fall protection PPE when working in elevated positions such as a crane or lift. The employee must be able to spend the entire shift in the shop environment. Most warehouse operations are exposed to some type of disagreeable working conditions such as cold, heat, dust, dirt, fumes, noise, vibration, or oil. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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