Supplier Quality Engineer - Hydraulics


The PALFINGER values of People, Entrepreneurship, Respect and Learning, are more than words. We strive every day to create and support an atmosphere of collaboration, transparency, empowerment and customer focus so our greatest assets, our people, will be able to harness their passion, drive and motivations to make a big impact!

As an international group PALFINGER offers its customers around the world hydraulic lifting solutions at the interfaces of the transport chain. At the moment, PALFINGER operates business in 16 sectors: loader cranes, EPSILON timber and recycling cranes, marine cranes, davit systems, winches and offshore equipment, offshore cranes, boats, wind cranes, hooklifts, access platforms, tail lifts, passenger lifts, mobile cranes, truck bodies, railway systems, and truck mounted forklifts as well as attachments and equipment for increasing crane efficiency. As a member of the PALFINGER North America Region ( ), PALFINGER continuously pursues our vision of being the preferred provider of truck equipment throughout North and Latin America.

PALFINGER is seeking a strong candidate familiar with hydraulic machines and components to join the team and work out of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in either Council Bluffs, IA. or Oklahoma City, OK. If you like contributing your talents, being rewarded for strong performance and enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment, then we think you have found the right place to come and build a future. It is our belief that you will join a company with a strong heritage and more importantly, a strong future.


Job Summary

The Supplier Quality Engineer- Hydraulics will be responsible for the quality and development of PALFINGER North America hydraulic system suppliers and assist with supplier development/training of suppliers on Palfinger product/process/procedures.

This role reports to the Manager, Supplier Quality offering a competitive compensation package and opportunity for on-going career growth.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the Quality and Development of PALFINGER North America hydraulic system suppliers.
  • Provides input and direction to the Procurement team on Quality strategy for hydraulic system suppliers
  • Technical resource for suppliers and also PALFINGER facilities in trouble shooting/guidance/product reviews.
  • Monitor and investigate to closure supplier claims (NCR’s) related to hydraulic systems.
  • Responsible for part approval process for hydraulic system supplier parts.
  • Involved in Cross-Functional team meetings related to supplier projects/items/quality concerns, etc…
  • Audit North American suppliers on a regular basis for PALFINGER requirements.
  • Travel to suppliers or PALFINGER facilities when needed or required.
  • Assist with supplier development/training of suppliers on PALFINGER product/process/procedures.
  • Assist the Procurement team in cost saving initiatives where needed.
  • Other tasks as needed by management.


  • Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in engineering/hydraulics (strongly preferred) with a strong quality/commercial mindset.
  • 2-3 years technical experience in a manufacturing environment – working with hydraulic systems/products hands on.
  • Experience or knowledge in Quality Core Tools: PPAP, APQP, FMEA, SPC, MSA.
  • Experience, training or knowledge in: Auditing (internal or external), Root Cause/Corrective Action Analysis, and Supplier or Customer interface.
  • ISO 9001:2015 knowledge or experience a plus.
  • Proficient in MS Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • SAP knowledge is preferred.
  • Fluency in one additional language is advantageous (such as Spanish).
  • Willingness to travel (50% of the time).

We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and performance rewards
  • Comprehensive Benefits package with flexible options
  • Opportunity for continuous learning and career growth
  • Environment of Respect, Integrity, Openness, Inclusion and Support

Carolyn Wilcox

Director, Recruiting

Council Bluffs, IA

3501 South 11th Street Council Bluffs, IA | 51501
United States