Quality Engineer II
Monitors the conversion of high quality input materials and robust processes into products to meet all customer requirements using established, validated and documented business systems. Systems include Quality Management, Non-Conformance Reporting, Corrective Action Requests, First Article Inspection, Qualification, PO clausing, Program Specific Quality Plans, Process Audits, Performance Management, Key Performance Indicators, Mandatory Inspection Points, Equipment Calibration, Proposal Reviews, Approved Suppliers, Supplier Visits, Operator Certifications, Root Cause Problem Solving, Continuous Improvements, Customer Returns, and Issue Escalation. Works within a program team environment with high customer interfacing and collaborations with other functions.
Analysis of program specific customer contract requirements, define sub-contractor and supplier flow down requirements, define verification inspections and tests needed to ensure compliance of manufactured items to customer specifications, capture inspection and test failures, use inspection and test failures to drive performance improvement activities, analyze key performance indicators over time to inspire a continuous improvement culture, lead and/or facilitate individual problem solving and continuous improvement efforts, use corrective action requests to drive continuous improvement in all functional areas. Maintain all policies and procedures in Quality Management System and comply with ISO-9001 and AS9100 standards. Ensure that those policies and procedures are followed through document reviews, regular audits, training and re-training, certification to industry standards.
Performs professional technical assignments requiring the full use and wide application of established Quality Engineering principles, theories and concepts. Identifies and prepares QA requirements for major proposals by reviewing requests for proposals (RFQs) and other customer proposal documents. Establishes an effective interface with the Proposal Team to provide a cost effective QA Program that meets the customer needs and contributes towards a successful contract award. Directs the development of Quality Assurance Program Plans and contract review. Determines and clarifies interpretations of contractual Quality requirements and bid strategy and disseminates to QA functional groups involved with the program. Represents QA management in design reviews and Configuration Control Board activities by reviewing and approving the release of all Engineering documentation for Prototype and Production phases. Considers and approves subsequent changes when deemed necessary and appropriate. Monitors budgets and initiates corrective action where required. Composes QA technical/management section of proposal. Analyzes each QA bid for adequacy. Evaluates the capability of major subcontractors and suppliers, and works, in conjunction with Program, Engineering, Procurement and Subcontract personnel to maintain continuity in the delivery of products that meet Engineering and Production needs in time phase plan. Establishes effective interface with customers and their representatives. Participates in Customer Program Reviews, discussions and presentations. Demonstrates capability to meet customer needs and assures customer that Quality interests are maintained. Resolves contract interpretations early into the Program. Conducts in depth review of Engineering and Reliability failure analysis by full usage and wide application of established Quality Engineering principles, theories and concepts to influence new designs with respect to quality and producibility requirements. Implements and assesses corrective action of internal and/or supplier caused quality problems. Maintains professional and technical proficiency by attending selected seminars and taking selected technical courses to keep abreast of new technology, materials, processes and measuring equipment. Determines and acquires equipment necessary to support inspection production process. Assists and provides guidance to Engineering in the development of test plans, test procedures and other technical data items through application of knowledge of in-house capabilities. Validates and approves acceptance test procedures and verifies factory test equipment (FTE) compatibility. Evaluates route cards, process sheets and establishes numerous inspection requirements by evaluating and monitoring process capabilities. Supports continuous improvement and In-plant Quality Evaluation (IQUE) activities and remains focal point for Operations and program teams. Reviews and approves supplier’s acceptance and qualification test plans and procedures. Assists with supplier evaluation and selection. Performs product acceptance and presents that product for customer acceptance. Monitors quality budgets and initiates corrective action where required.
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or its equivalent and a minimum of eight (8) years of Quality Engineering experience with three (3) years of Manufacturing interface responsibilities.
Monitors quality budgets on programs as assigned.
Coordinates and directs the work of lower level QA employees to ensure progress is achieved against specific plans.
Must be a proficient user of Microsoft Office software.
Light physical effort required by handling objects up to 20 pounds occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently.
Moderate physical activity required by handling objects up to 50 pounds occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently.
Electro-static discharge (ESD) protective wear must be worn when on the production floors.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.
Actively communicate, practice and promote teamwork among department members and all Cobham employees.
SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL AND SECURITY:
Comply with and support all aspects of Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) and Security activities and policies at Cobham. This position may require SHE related training as required by federal, state, local and company requirements.
Carry out Cobham policies in the areas of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
COBHAM CODE OF CONDUCT & CORPORATE FRAMEWORK:Comply with and support all aspects of the Cobham Code of Business Conduct (CoBC) and Corporate Framework (CF).
GOVERNMENT COMPLIANCE:Communicate and comply with all aspects of Cobham policies and procedures regarding contracting with the US Government.
DISCLAIMER:This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with this job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the principle job elements essential for making fair compensation decisions.
Six Sigma / Lean Black Belt, 5 year manufacturing experience, Experience with high tolerance precision parts, Experience with space requirements, Implementation of ISO-9001 and AS9100 quality standards, Supplier Quality Assurance programs.
Soldering Certification IPC-610, J-Std a plus.Ability to arbitrate acceptable or unacceptable standards.If not certified, abilityto obtain the certification.
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