The Quality Manager is a leadership position responsible for quality and continuous improvement activities of the operations to ensure quality standards and lean processes are being identified, established, and followed. Formulates and maintains quality assurance objectives, supervises, and trains employees and engages in plant functions to drive quality and continuous improvement.
Responsibilities The Quality Manager is a leadership position responsible for quality and continuous improvement activities of the operations to ensure quality standards and lean processes are being identified, established, and followed. Formulates and maintains quality assurance objectives, supervises and trains employees and engages in plant functions to drive quality and continuous improvement Develop and perform various quality techniques to track, analyze, and report on materials, products, and processes. Provide results of performance to appropriate personnel. Utilize advanced quality tools and techniques, such as Lean Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping, etc., ensure they are built into the internal manufacturing and assembly processes in accordance with Company quality standards, documentation requirements, and internal procedures. Serve as the voice of Quality in meetings and activities involving Corrective Actions. Work closely with Manufacturing and Production Control to understand and resolve issues as they arise. Manage the quality of incoming materials or components as well as finished goods and work in progress. Provide leadership, guidance and training to the Quality Team in a supervisor function, help identify area goals and objectives; measure results of output; and provide continuous feedback via the Performance Management process, meetings, etc. Initiate and drive problem-solving activities relating to identified issues using corrective/preventive action techniques. Working closely with Engineering and Manufacturing, provide input on determining appropriate inspection and testing mechanisms/equipment/procedures as new products are developed, and/or existing product changes are made. Implement processes to inspect incoming materials and parts from external suppliers as required. Track, analyze, and report on inspection findings from external suppliers. Work closely with Purchasing to evaluate supplier performance against supplier rating system. Lead efforts toward the development and maintenance of Quality internal systems and procedures; databases, equipment, automation, documentation, and departmental records. Develop measurement systems supporting lean manufacturing philosophy and input data a metric tracking system at scheduled frequencies to maintain and improve the company’s Quality & Lean Management System. Attend, participate in Operational Reviews to include Obeya and address any proposed action plans as a result of any negative trending of the quality metrics. Aid the company to stay in compliance to its quality registrations. (Pass audits) Other projects and duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Required Skills: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field, Minimum 5 years Quality Assurance experience in a lean manufacturing environment required; or must have 8 years of quality assurance experience in a lean manufacturing environment if no Bachelor’s Degree. Experienced in Audits and leading continuous improvement through quality systems. Knowledgeable in Lean Manufacturing, SPC practices and methodology.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock when in the shop area to inspect valves. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate (office/cubicle environment with computers, fax machines and printers operating) to loud (manufacturing environment with large machinery operating).