New Products from Gopher Sports

Quality Technician

Location: Owatonna
# of openings: 1

To be considered in the current round of candidates, please apply by the date listed below.  If the date listed below has passed, please apply to be considered in the next round of candidates.

Apply by: 8/18/17



To enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty by ensuring only products that meet or exceed quality standards are marketed and sold by Gopher Sport. 

POSITION OUTCOMES / KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS / ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILTIES: The duties and responsibilities listed below serve as a general outline.  Other duties may be assigned or required to support the success of Gopher Sport.

  1. Keep poor quality and defective returns as a percent of sales at or below annual business plan.

(Metric: Returns as a percent of Sales)

  • Perform inbound quality inspections on products received from our suppliers according to the established Quality Inspection checklist
  • Notify Quality Supervisor when an inspection exposes more defects than acceptable.
  • Perform inspections on other products as need, such as Drop Ship Returns and Damaged Freight, and work with the Logistics Supervisor to identify items eligible for a freight claim, providing a description and pictures of damage.
  • Investigate and recommend corrective/preventative action in regards to poor quality products using existing Corrective Action Request (CAR) process to track progress and improvements.
  • Flag potential poor quality product and/or supplier to ensure inbound inspection is made on next scheduled shipment
  • Remove defective or incorrect products from stock and perform the appropriate inventory transactions in warehouse management system (WMS)


2.       Ensure that all new products follow the outlined check in process

  • Perform quality inspections on new products received from suppliers according to the established Quality Inspection checklist
  • Review QA International Inspection Reports to identify any potential quality or packaging issues that were identified on the products prior to leaving the factory.
  • Schedule check in appointments with Category Managers & Product Development Team to review and approve all new products, as well as discuss any potential quality concerns.
  • Inform the Distribution Team Lead of all products that are available for slotting in the warehouse.


  1. Complete all Tasks from Customer Service and the Distribution Team in regards to product questions and parts requests. (Metric: On time completion of Tasks via Task Report)
  • Use the ERP system to review all tasks sent to the Quality Queue with 24 hours.
  • Investigate and answer all Product Questions sent to the Queue
  • Follow the Parts Process to send replacement parts to customers as requested.
  • Perform quality inspections and answer questions on stock products as requested by the Distribution Team



  1. Customer Commitment – Focus efforts on exceeding internal and external customer expectations and improving customer

satisfaction.  Respond quickly and take appropriate action to identify and exceed customer needs.

  1. Teamwork & Collaboration – Dedication to building collaborative relationships throughout the organization.  Seeks and supports ideas for improvement.  Willingly share information about ideas and works cooperatively to resolve issues or concerns.
  2. Commitment to Quality & Continuous Improvement - Seek to improve processes and quality, making recommendations as appropriate.  Monitor own work.  Seek and accept constructive feedback to ensure accuracy.
  3. Integrity, Accountability, Dependability - Uphold company core values and support ethical and responsible behavior.  Follow through on commitments.  Is reliable and meet attendance standards.
  4. Initiative - Exercise sound independent judgment within established limits of authority.  Self-directed and requires minimal supervision
  5. Planning & Organizing Work - Ability to optimize time and resources to achieve expected results.  Effectively prioritize and organize work to fully contribute to team efforts.


  1. High School Diploma or equivalent, college preferred
  2. Proficient with all Microsoft Office applications and Windows Operating System
  3. Previous experience using a hand-held radio frequency (RF) gun preferred
  4. Previous forklift experience preferred


  1. Ability and willingness to obtain and maintain in good standing a Gopher Sport Powered Industrial Truck license
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate with fellow team members
  3. Positive team player with the ability to build collaborative relationships
  4. Ability and willingness to learn, understand and follow documented work instructions
  5. Demonstrated ability for detail orientated work
  6. Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and plan ahead
  7. Self motivated and able to work independently
  8. Demonstrated excellent attendance history

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the functions of this job, the team member is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear.  The team member is required to kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, ascend and descend stairs.  The team member is frequently required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The functions of the job include viewing of a computer monitor and repetitive motion activities on the keyboard.   The team member may occasionally be required to lift and/or move objects up to and over 50 pounds.  Vision requirements include close vision, depth perception, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

This job is performed in both an office and distribution environment.  The noise level in the office and distribution center is generally moderate.  In the distribution center, the team member would generally be exposed to automated equipment and conveyors.  Both the office and distribution center is climate controlled.



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