Vice President of Engineering and Quality

Why work for RL Hudson

We pride ourselves on our employees and meticulous facilities. When you work at RL Hudson, you’re a part of something great.  We are a rapidly growing, family owned company that specializes in solving problems and increasing value for our customers. Many of the world’s most sophisticated manufacturing companies rely on RL Hudson for a wide range of components, including molded rubber, molded plastic, formed hoses, sealing devices and custom assemblies. These large OEMs turn to RL Hudson when they need innovative design solutions, excellent service, reliable quality and delivery at a great value. We are constantly looking for talented individuals to join our team. Let’s explore the possibilities together.



JOB TITLE:  Vice President of Engineering and Quality

JOB TYPE: Full Time

REPORTS TO:  President

STATUS: Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Engineering/Quality



Responsible for managing and directing the Material Laboratory, New Product Design & Development and the Quality departments of the company. Manage and lead the product and material maturation process for all new business. Provide support to other departments by evaluating and developing new suppliers, developing new product cost estimates, and release of all manufacturing drawings, material compositions and specifications for critical new products. Responsible for the development of Quality and Environmental Management System processes with the goal of certification to IATF 16949 and maintaining ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

The key organizational impact involves leadership of all new material and product design and development activities of the company in an effective manner resulting in significant new sales.


1. Manage and direct all activities within the Material Laboratory, New Product Design & Development, and the Quality departments of the company.
2. Implement changes and improvements to the Quality Management System (QMS) that will result in certification to IATF 16949
3. Provide executive leadership and support to the President on all company aspects related to product, material technology and quality. 1
4. Provide technical support and identify opportunities for improvement of suppliers as needed.
5. Expand and improve the technical capabilities of the company in support of new business.
6. Maintain QMS certifications to ISO 14001 and 9001.
7. Select, train and develop the technical capabilities and effectiveness of subordinate personnel.


Knowledge and Skill

• Broad, in-depth technical & design knowledge of the polymer industry and related markets.
• Strong technical leadership and executive management experience.
• Familiarity and application knowledge of a wide range of applicable manufacturing processes.
• Must possess a thorough understanding of Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and IATF 16949.
• General knowledge of MRP/ERP systems, inventory systems, PPAP and APQP processes
• Strong technical writing, communication and presentation skills.
• Ability to develop and implement an effective product/material technology strategy for the company.

Required Education/Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science or a related field; advanced degree strongly preferred.
• Lean / Six Sigma Green Belt Certification preferred.
• 10 – 15 years minimum related experience.
• 2+ years’ experience as a functional head of a quality department preferred.


Occasional (1-33%) Frequent (34-66%) Constant (67-100%)

Climbing: Body agility is emphasized for ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, and the like by using feet, legs, hands or arms. Occasional
Stooping: Bending the body downward and forward at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Occasional
Kneeling: Bending legs to come to a rest on the knee(s). Occasional
Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. Occasional
Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. Occasional
Carrying: Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands or arms or on the shoulder. (Maximum weight of the object(s) 5 pounds) Occasional
Pushing: Using the upper extremities to exert force upon an object so that the object moves away from the force. (Maximum weight of the object(s) 5 pounds) Occasional
Pulling: Using the upper extremities to exert force upon an object so that the object moves toward the force. (Maximum weight of the object(s) 5 pounds) Occasional
Sitting: Remaining in the normal seated position. Frequent
Standing: Remaining on one’s feet in an upright position without moving about, particularly for sustained periods of time. Occasional
Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks. Frequent
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally. (Maximum weight of the object(s) 5 pounds) Occasional
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and/or palm. Occasional
Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers for the purpose of picking up items, typing, operating ten-key or performing data entry. Occasional
Talking: Expressing or exchanging instructions and ideas by means of the spoken word. Frequent
Hearing: Ability to receive oral information and/or sounds through the ear. Constant
Seeing: Obtaining impressions through the eyes of the distance, size, shape, motion, color, or other characteristics of objects. The major visual functions are:

1. Acuity (far and near)
2. Depth perception (perceiving distances)
3. Color vision (distinguishing between different colors)
4. Field of vision (seeing a wide range of objects at the same time).

The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (typical office/administrative work). No


• Travel to Asia or Europe once or twice per year.
• Domestic travel several times a year to customer facilities