Launch Quality Engineer

/Launch Quality Engineer

Position Summary:  Responsible for developing quality documentation, facilitating continuous improvements, and working with suppliers and customers to resolve quality or system issues.

Essential Job Functions include, but not limited to, the following:


·          Develop APQP documentation to support the Product Realization Process in accordance with customer requirements, e.g. FMEA, MSA, SPC, PPAP, etc.

·          Maintain required documentation that meets the Shape Corp specifications for Document Control and retrievability.

·          Interface with customer personnel and facilitate the resolution of quality issues and concerns.

·          Participate in the development and maintenance of formal quality systems, e.g. ISO 9001 & IATF 16949.

·          Drive continuous improvement and best practice sharing of our quality systems and processes.

·          Facilitate problem-solving of complex issues using advanced quality tools.

·          Help onboard and training new team members.

·          Provide direction and coaching to less senior team members.

·          Identify and train a back-up(s) to manage key tasks when absent.

·          Additional functions not specifically outlined in this position description as directed by the leader.

·          Approve time and attendance and vacations for direct reports.

·          Review and respond to Employee Suggestions via plex.

Launch Quality:

·          Plan, support, and implement total quality management in support of zero safe launch findings at pre and post SOP.

·          Ensure that appropriate inspection plans and containment plans are in place for the process value stream.

·          Confirm product quality through confirmation phase exit.

·          Initiate control plans and training for inspection and gage instructions in accordance with Shape and customer specific requirements.

·          Develop and control all APQP documents through PPAP approval for new program launches.

·          Execute PPAP submission and approval as required for customer initiated product changes.

·          Understand and provide interpretation of customer specific requirements.

·          Participate in GD&T development through the DFM process.

·          Responsible for all aspects of gage procurement, including gage quoting, design approval, and customer approval.

·          Responsible for supplier gage design approval, PPAP review and approval.

Position Skills and Experience Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty effectively. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

·          Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering or related field required.  Equivalent work experience may be substituted for a degree.

·          A minimum of 5 years of Quality Engineer experience, preferably in an automotive manufacturing environment.

·          Advanced knowledge of GD&T and tolerance stack up applications.

·          Advanced knowledge with customer specific Program Development, e.g., AIAG Automotive Core Tools.

·          Working knowledge of Quality Management Systems, e.g. ISO9001, TS16949 and ITF16949.

·          Experience with Product Warranty documentation.

·          Proven experience mentoring other Quality Engineering team members.

·          Advanced project management skills using Microsoft applications.

·          Strong verbal and written communication skills.

·          Demonstrated competency in the use of problem solving tools, e.g., 5 why, 8D, Ishakawa Diagram, Root Cause Analysis, etc.

·          Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required.


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