Newell Brands Quality Engineer in Maryville, Tennessee

Title: Quality Engineer

Reports to Manager: Quality Manager

Location: Maryville, TN


The Quality Engineer will lead the implementation of the quality assurance program within the manufacturing process at our facility and our suppliers. Responsible for developing quality policies and procedures, performing supplier capability assessments and leading the advanced quality planning process and supplier ranking program. The Engineer will approve machine qualifications, supplier first article submissions, disposition of supplier process change requests, develop internal quality control documents such as Control Plans, PFMEAs, and inspection requirements, and review and approve supplier quality control documents. The quality engineer will manage lean and Six Sigma initiatives with identified suppliers and processes, while working on resolving defect material issues, root cause analysis, corrective actions and coordinating continuous improvement programs. Responsible for benchmarking world-class processes to achieve cost and quality targets. This individual will also be responsible for leading and supervising quality auditors.


  • Enforce a corrective action system both internal and with suppliers that ensures the timely and permanent resolution of all failures to meet established quality requirements.

  • Coordinates and conducts external audits of suppliers, and internal audits of in house quality systems, products and processes.

  • Enforce quality requirements in accordance with contract, engineering specifications, and established procedures. Provide in-process and final acceptance inspection for all components, subassemblies, and assemblies built by manufacturing.

  • Direct all product inspections and tests in accordance with established quality standards, inspection plans and test procedures.

  • Ensure the initial identification, documentation, and control of all non-conforming material discovered through the inspection and test processes.

  • Enforce documentation and material review disciplines for all such material.

  • Maintain records of inspections and product acceptance performance. Provide summary reports as required for management use.

  • Provide management reports to highlight the achieved level of quality and status of actions necessary for its improvement.

  • Initiate and implement programs of improving the Quality level and reducing the total cost of quality on-site and at suppliers.

  • Participate in the material review process and provide inputs with regards to disposition on non-conforming material.

  • Maintain records of vendor quality performance. Provide summary reports of this performance for management use.

  • Actively support facility cost reduction program.


  • Understanding of Six Sigma; ideal candidate will be a certified Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt.

  • Knowledge or Kaizen and the ability to recognize the need to initiate an event internally or at our suppliers.

  • Drive for Results

  • Business & Brand Development

  • Strong proven leadership skills

  • Must have a logical approach to problem solving; strong analytical skill, and good planning ability.

  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate well at all levels both verbally and in writing. Must be proficient in basic desktop computer skills.

  • Must have a high level of initiative.

  • Must understand Engineering documentation methods


  • Visual aptitude – must be able to see, with or without correction.

  • Communication – ability to communicate verbally or non-verbally.

  • Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds.

  • Ability to perform a standing job for 8-12 consecutive hours.

  • Must be able to walk, bend, kneel, stoop, climb, reach and grasp for varying periods of time during working hours.

  • Experience with formal supplier quality system assessments and parts qualifications.

  • Strong statistical and supplier management background.

  • BS or University degree in an engineering or technical field

  • 5-10 years previous experience

  • Minimum of 3 years in supplier quality functions.

  • Consumer Products Industry Experience preferred.

  • Experience with ISO/QS documentation

  • Experience with Quality Systems requirements.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.