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Director of Quality

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Located In:  Valley, NE
Date Posted: 
Occupational Category:  00-0000.00
Location:  Valley, NE
Start Date:  2018-11-12
Requisition #:  R4877
Positions Available: 
 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 Director of Quality position is responsible for a broad range of strategic leadership and execution. This will include planning and directing Quality Control (QC), compliance and continuous improvement activities for all Valmont North American Pole Operations sites. The Director of Quality will apply their expertise knowledge in finding innovative, cost-effective means to improve quality output working with the Operations, Commercial, Engineering, and Supply Chain teams. You will lead the strategic direction and initiatives across all manufacturing sites that ensures compliance with customer requirements, engineering specifications, and applicable standards and codes while driving quality culture and discipline throughout the manufacturing processes.

Essential Functions:

  • This position reports into the SVP of North American Pole Operations and has 1 to 3 direct reports.
  • This role requires up to 60% travel domestically, and occasionally internationally, including overnight stays.
  • Develop and drive improvements in quality supporting production and local production quality control teams
  • Drive a strong Quality culture in which Quality is a competitive advantage through efficient/effective actions resulting in a customer focused team that thrives on the success of the customer both internal and external
  • Drive the regular review of Quality Specifications and revision to the current applicable code (AWS D1.1, AISC, etc.)
  • Create, implement and measure new quality metrics to drive change;  monitor progress and capture best practices and successes to be used across the enterprise
  • Publish aligned quality metrics, measurement and monitoring of quality system effectiveness to ensure quality goals are met.
  • Consolidate, analyze, and report quality metrics on a regular basis to identify areas for improvement;
  • Utilize disciplined root cause and problem solving methodologies to identify, implement and correct/prevent actions specific to the region as well as lessons learned within the business unit.
  • Establish and develop strong working relationships with internal and external customer and work with cross-functional teams to accomplish common goals across all manufacturing sites
  • Interface with the VP of Quality Assurance (Commercial Team) in proactive development of the Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Participate in and conduct regularly scheduled company meetings for representation, promotion and betterment of quality processes
  • Participate in regular Contract Reviews
  • Identify and develop high potential talent within the QC discipline
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, although most frequent lift is up to 10 pounds

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

  • Preferred Bachelors with 7+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 9+ years relevant experience or 11+ years of relevant experience
  • Minimum of 10 years manufacturing experience in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with internal/external customers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to focus priorities to best impact quality metrics
  • Significant experience in leading technical teams
  • Proven self-starter and self-motivator
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experienced big picture thinker with proven strategic project management skills
  • Multisite leadership experience
  • Experience in developing and implementing Quality Management systems
  • Global experience preferred
  • Experience leading Kaizen and other Lean events

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred
  • Six Sigma Black Belt or Lean Processes certification, lead auditor, metrics and statistics background preferred
  • Understanding of AWS D1.1 code and NDT Inspection Processes (VT, MT, UT) preferred

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in a manufacturing plant environment and the incumbent needs to be able to move about the office and production environments. When working in production areas, the incumbent is required to wear all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There is relatively constant exposure to conditions such as dust, dirt, heat, fumes, and cold as well as noise levels above 80 decibels. Many aspects of this role are physical and the incumbent has to be able to lift up to 50 lbs. The employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, feel, as well as balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, and hear. 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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Applications accepted through December 12, 2018


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Making the World a Better Place to Live

Valmont is recognized throughout the world as an industry leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving agricultural irrigation equipment.  We design, manufacture and sell irrigation equipment; lighting, utility and communications poles, towers and structures; and fabricated industrial products.  We also provide custom coatings services.

Coatings. Valmont is a leading provider of metal coating services.  Our finishes, which include galvanizing, painting and anodizing, protect metal products around the world from corrosion.

Irrigation. As the pioneering leader and the world's largest manufacturer of mechanized irrigation equipment, Valmont hopes to feed the world and conserve fresh water resources.

Structures. Valmont's quality engineered structures for lighting and traffic, wireless communication, highway safety and access systems provide safety and order for customers around the world.

Tubing and Other Industrial Operations. Valmont specializes in additional industrial operations that include: custom steel tubing for a variety of industries; forged steel grinding media for the mining industry; electrolytic manganese dioxide for disposable batteries; and the distribution of industrial fasteners.

Utility. Utility relies on Valmont's substation structures and steel, spun concrete and hybrid transmission and distribution poles to bring power to customers in North America and emerging global markets.

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