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Quality Manager

Are you looking to make a real impact? For over a century, our people have been the driving force in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues – and we hope you’ll join us in solving the next century’s. Whether you're working to close the loop at one of our recycling facilities or ensuring efficient renewable energy processes to decarbonize aluminium production, your contributions make an impact in our shared purpose of propelling our industries and the world into a greener future.  

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.

Job Location: 

The Dalles, OR

Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions

  • Education Assistance

  • Bonus Plan Eligibility

  • Parental Leave

Job Summary:

The Quality Manager reports directly to the Plant Manager in The Dalles, OR. This critical position oversees the work and evaluates the effectiveness of quality resources within the organization ensuring compliance with quality systems and engineering.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or equivalent technical degree.

  • Preferred engineering discipline in metallurgical, materials science or mechanical (in that order). 

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience managing quality and/or continuous improvement functions in the heavy manufacturing industry.

  • Experience in external quality roles – depth and breadth of exposure to successful quality systems implementation and management in heavy manufacturing.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Shows strong dedication to safety management and understands its crucial connection to quality.

  • Brings extensive experience in external quality roles, particularly in successful implementation and management of quality systems in heavy manufacturing.

  • Emphasizes diverse industrial exposure with a solid background in quality and process improvement.

  • Proficient in disciplined, systematic problem-solving, including familiarity with A3/PDCA methods and optionally DMAIC.

  • Skilled in deploying formal quality systems like ISO/TS, particularly in automotive quality standards.

  • Proficient in enhancing the integrity and scope of process measurements.

  • Experienced in working with customer and industry specifications, as well as new product launch processes like APQP and PPAP.

  • Values best practices and benchmarking for continuous improvement.

  • Prioritizes addressing customer-facing issues effectively.

  • Maintains a strong presence on the shop floor, collaborating closely with line operators and personnel to understand current conditions and drive lasting improvements.

  • Upholds high standards for excellence and is deeply committed to quality compliance.

  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills, used for presentations, training, facilitating diverse groups, and leading Kaizen activities.

  • Proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads a Quality team to meet quality goals and improvement plans.

  • Guides technical strategies for market and product development, shaping overall business strategy and policies.

  • Facilitates decision-making for business planning and key operational issues.

  • Plans for product/service capabilities and process improvements.

  • Drives initiatives to enhance processes and reduce complaints and waste.

  • Manages activities and processes in the OES Lab, ensuring compliance and competency of lab operators.

  • Ensures completion of quality audits and compliance with regulations.

  • Promotes a culture of compliance among team and shop floor personnel.


Care, Courage, & Collaboration

At Hydro We care about our People!

We care about Safety!

Hydro values diverse skills and perspectives among employees. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or disability. We strive to provide equal opportunities for all to contribute and succeed with us.


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A job where you make a difference.
A key part of succeeding in this mission involves encouraging a collegial environment where our differences are acknowledged as our greatest competitive advantage. Your diverse perspective makes us stronger.  Our global diversity, inclusion and belonging program enables us to cultivate a high-performing and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.

Your career journey is unique. We strive to provide you with the support needed to achieve your full potential. With our global reach, inclusive culture, and cutting-edge technology you'll have the opportunity to build a career that aligns with your strengths and passions. 

Join our global community of over 30,000 people with a presence in 40 countries and united by the values of Care, Courage and Collaboration. At Hydro, you have the chance to make a difference in the industries that matter.

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Posted on:  May 11, 2024

The Dalles, OR, US, 97058

Department:  Quality
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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