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Vermeer Corporation Quality Engineer - New Product Development in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More®.

Job Summary

The Quality Engineer - New Product Development (NPD) interfaces among multiple functions and teams to ensure specific product manufacturability quality risks are identified and mitigated. This position creates and manages advanced Manufacturing Quality Plans to ensure process capability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Demonstrate the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors.

  2. Generate in Phase 2 of New Product Development Process and maintain robust Manufacturing Quality Plans for new manufactured products.

  3. Participate in Design for Manufacturability Analysis (DFMA) and Design Reviews for new product to ensure manufacturing quality risks are identified, and process capability & manufacturing control plans are established.

  4. In partnership with manufacturing engineering, Identify critical process steps which could culminate in possible sources of manufacturing defects and devise methods to reduce process variation in order to reduce/eliminate the cause of defects.

  5. Support process validation, supplier validation, and test method development activities.

  6. Ensure new product designs comply to Corporate Manufacturability guidelines.

  7. Manage and maintain process capability studies on critical product and process characteristics as part of project requirements.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Industrial Technology, or Industrial Engineering.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with product/quality/manufacturing process development.

  • Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Engineering, and/or NPD experience preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstration of data collection, statistical analysis capability and ability to apply statistical tools and scientific methods to drive test validations and data analysis.

  • Knowledge of Lean Sigma tools is highly preferred.

  • Knowledge of production equipment within the manufacturing and engineering processes.

  • Ability to apply root cause failure analysis and reliability evaluation.

  • Competent with use of Microsoft Office Suite, and Minitab Statistical Analysis software (or equivalent).

  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow and handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to analyze and resolve routine issues using independent judgment.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to provide accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Demonstration of strong communication, written communication, and presentation skills.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

  • ASQ certification as Quality Engineer and/or Reliability Engineer

  • Lean Sigma Green/ Black Belt Certification


Up to 10% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.