Quality Process Specialist

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.

Multiple Locations

0 year(s)
Job Description
Key Contact in the Region for Quality Process Management of Columbia Sportswear Company source base.Ensure Right First Time delivery through Product Engineering and Process Engineering engagements within Columbia Sportswear Company supply chain for sourcing of Best in Class Product.Coach / Train / Drive Vendor Base on a 'Quality Embedded Value Chain' from Product Development until Bulk execution to Ensure Consumer Satisfaction.Influence Vendor Senior Management to adopt new Manufacturing & Quality Management Techniques that positively impact their manufacturing processes – Promote Change to evolve into an efficient, “Best in Class Organization”Ensure Columbia Apparel and Accessory products meet or exceed customer, consumer, and governmental expectations and regulations through the application of preventatively-based quality processes and tools.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Lead Implementation of CSC Factory Assessment Program Provide a variety of solutions to accommodate the varied business needs and conditions, thus leading to specific sets of tailored decisions while determining the process enhancers, Continuous Improvement opportunities to deliver BEST IN CLASS product.
Drive QFI & VQE -Empowerment programs at a factory level.
Ensure Brand/Regions Expectations are delivered.
Establish Product Performance standards, through Upstream Product Risk assessment process.
Deliver Quality Readiness at a style level through an efficient VQE program.
Validate the reproducibility of the style in bulk, and address the potential failures caused due to design/engineering, raw materials & manufacturing process.
Advise Manufacturing teams on best practices, principles and standards for both individual products and overall bulk manufacturing processes
Manage CSC Strategic Product Audit Program
Manage Non Conformance Issue/ Customer Complaints resolution and Close the loop process.
Collaborate with internal stakeholders and design quality processes within Regional LO to enable Best in class manufacturing.

Secondary Functions:

Participate and add value in Regional LO projects as required which impacts delivery of quality, safety & risk management.
Utilize quality systems data in conjunction with quality performance metrics while providing feedback to internal partners to support & influence sourcing decision making. 
Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Scope:

Job involves dealing with moderate to high degree of complexity.

Incumbent is an Individual contributor for developing Quality Engineering and Process Engineering methodologies, Conducting Factory Process Assessment, Product Risk assessment, Identifying Process Enhancers at Factories used by Columbia Sportswear Company, and collaborate with vendors on continuous improvement projects.

Duties are performed with minimal supervision, and work is validated / verified by progress made and / or by results.

Position has high visibility and impacts Sourcing decisions.

Position is to provide on-the-job training to other team members and QFIs / In-house QAs as needed.

Position is to mainly interact/engage with in-house QAs to review In-house QAs work outcomes, measuring FGV Quality System efficiency as well as determining system/process improvement opportunities.

Errors in judgement potentially impacts source strategy and Vendor relationship.


Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.