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Corporate Port Engineer

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




The Corporate Port Engineer will investigate and analyze technical conditions as observed or reported on Kia Vehicles at U.S. Canada, Mexico ports of entry.  Such investigations and analyses involve parts, vehicle inspections, data analysis and comprehensive technical reporting to Kia North America (Kia NA) and Kia Corporation (Kia HQ). The position utilizes quality, manufacturing and technical engineering skill set to support early identification of vehicle quality concerns and conduct necessary analysis and investigation to support issue communication, resolution and containment. The analyses of the quality investigation complaints are summarized into comprehensive technical documents to support timely resolution action in partnership with affiliates, suppliers, etc.  Cross-functional leadership and communication skills are required.  Intense follow up to ensure quality issues are addressed with urgency and confirmation of countermeasure effectiveness after implementation is critical.


The Port Engineer is also responsible for administration and enforcement of KMNA AQL (Acceptable Quality Level) and adherence to processes used within KMNA Product Quality Group and our manufacturing affiliates. Position is responsible for Port Process Performance audits, POE audits and open issue follow up.  Position will also support other Sea Corporate Port Engineers for AQL alignment, process best practices and ongoing process and product quality improvement.

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Conduct Port Vehicle Quality audit at First Point of Rest as required reporting findings to Kia North America (Kia NA) and Kia Corporation (Kia HQ).
  • Write technical reports (Quality Investigation Reports) to comprehensively describe and quantify problem conditions.
  • Utilize all early warning and quality indicators to drive focused quality agenda and support quick effective countermeasure containment for factory and after sale customers.  
  • Provide feedback on vehicles to factories on regular basis, track and monitor results (Port Vehicle Audit reports, QIRs, etc)
2nd Conduct port processor PDI/PIO/PMP/Offsite storage audits on a regular basis discussing results with Glovis and port processor, manage all Port inspections/audits and collect and provide formal Monthly audit reports to PQ Management and all key stakeholders.
  • Provide Kia North America (Kia NA) PQ oversight at Sea Port. Conduct Port Process Performance audits – assess and manage port process effectiveness in delivering defect free vehicles to Dealers
3rd Coordinate activities relating to Factory Quality and suppliers ’ visiting ports and audits as required 
  • Confirm c/m incorporation and effectiveness. Ensure factories follow up.
4th Develop new port quality bulletins or revise or update current ones. 
Coordinate port training activities, as necessary, to support or supervise all port upgrade programs and accessory installation programs
5th Coordinate and participate in joint factory tests and evaluations as required including POE surveys.
Verify effectiveness of product changes made by factories
Perform and support other duties with special requests  



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or technical field or equivalent work experience required
  • ASE Certification (A1-A8) / Advanced Engine Performance (L1) Preferred

Overall Experience

  • Minimum of 4-6 years Engineer/Technician experience in automotive industry required      
  • Strong working knowledge of automobiles with ability to perform hands-on diagnostic assessments along with automotive system mechanical and electrical work required

Directly Related Experience

  • Minimum 5 years automotive industry experience in a product quality or engineering environment required


Other Requirements:

  • Occasional travel may be required domestically and/or internationally. 
  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job, including weekends or holidays.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Strong technical writing capabilities and oral communication skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
Ability to use common engineering measurement tools including dial indicator, micrometer, calipers, height gage, digital volt ohm meter and oscilloscope
Familiar with common service garage equipment including vehicle lift, alignment rack, A/C charging station, wheel balance machine, etc.
Ability to evaluate total vehicle dynamics, human factors and NVH in terms of acceptable vehicle competitiveness within the defined market segment


Adapting to Change
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
Championing Customer Needs
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
Communicating Effectively
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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