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Senior Advanced Quality Engineer

LaFayette, GA, United States  |  Quality  |  ID: REQ-9081


Job Location

USA, La Fayette, GA

Job Posting Title

Senior Advanced Quality Engineer

The Challenge

As the Senior Advanced Quality Engineer (AQE), you will support our programs and drive successful New Product Introduction (NPI) processes. This includes present project statuses, drive process improvement, and positively impact Cost of Quality (COQ). You will also further develop and use quality testing processes like Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) or Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) to measure and ensure new high-volume manufacturing processes are ready for use. You will own the quality initiatives on a new part or NPI product design to set the factory up for sustainable long-term ownership and success.

As the Senior AQE, you will manage all the program’s quality needs, including small programs and projects. The Senior AQE reaches out to the various quality organizations (Manufacturer & Supplier) to understand their needs for the program, sets the quality objectives, and the quality voice in the NPI process. The Senior AQE will report out the program progress during pulsing and NPI review/tollgate meetings.

What you will Do

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Lead APQP, including responsibility for the PPAP of in-house equipment and parts primarily associated with an NPI without significant direction.

  • Own the APQP process to plan, specify, procure, certify and implement into producing high quality, cost-effective, right-sized manufacturing processes including fixtures, line side gauging, go/no-go, measurement plans, and equipment.

  • Responsible for the NPI iP checklists and completing/reporting out on Advanced Quality Engineering (AQE) responsible items before the reviews.

  • Lead cross-functional team PFMEA’s to understand the risks of new part/product/process changes and ensure they are mitigated accordingly by product launch.

  • Must work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment with both salaried and hourly personnel to meet the needs of the operators, the program, and the business.

  • Engage with team leaders to develop job instruction and define what is critical. Define the jobs through standard work and job instructions.

  • Balance the communication between product design and manufacturing to ensure all issues get addressed with minimal surprises to achieve world-class manufacturing goals.

  • Ensure all process involvement meets or exceeds ISO, UL, and GEA standards

  • Understand GEA product testing requirements and ensure the testing and quality plans are established to meet the product specifications.

  • Understand GEA technical drawings, both MBD/GD&T and linear dimensions, and ensure the quality plans established to meet the drawing specifications.

  • Develop and implement all technical documentation or modifications for the new items introduced, including the quality control plan required for an ISO-certified plant (MCP’s, MCI’s, FRM’s, etc.)

Drive COQ improvements: scrap, factory yield, concessions, damage, and service calls.

  • Work cross-functionally with Design, Quality, Manufacturing, LEAN, marketing, EHS, service, etc., teams.

  • Develop and implement quality test plans for the factory to ensure sustained control of Critical to Quality and Critical Process features.

  • Project-manage the scoping, definition, and implementation of quality improvement for strategic and operational programs.

  • Provide technical leadership & in-depth expertise to investigate, initiate and drive the development, procurement, and implementation of equipment & processes for manufacturing.

Senior AQE support for total cost take out and run the plant projects.  Collaborate with CIB chair for quality improvement and project execution.

  • Responsible for the NPI iP checklists and completing/reporting out on Advanced Quality Engineering (AQE) responsible items for the reviews.

  • The Senior AQE role requires a solid understanding of the people and how the current processes work.  The role of the Senior AQE is to work with a cross-functional team to implement a new part, product, or process with a ‘turnkey’ sustainable quality process at a product launch for the factory to agree to and take ownership of executing

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher (Engineering preferred)

  • Ten (10) years experience in a high-volume manufacturing operation.

  • Extensive experience with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Proficiency with APQP and PPAP to qualify parts and processes.

  • Experience with NPI tollgate process and reporting on AQE responsible items during reviews.

  • Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.

  • Metrology/measurement systems experience

  • Have used programming and interpreting CMM/3D scanning/metrology systems.

  • Proficient with understanding both coordinate and geometric GD&T drawings

Desired Qualifications:

  • Lead experienced and skilled salary teams.

  • Experienced in designing and executing in-factory product testing.

  • Implemented Lean process improvements in high-volume manufacturing operations.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification proficient with Minitab.

  • Experience managing projects in a manufacturing environment.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including presentations to business leadership

  • Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.

  • Leadership and practical communication experience in the definition, design, implementation, and troubleshooting of manufacturing and quality processes.

  • Experience with manufacturing equipment and processes and product testing.

  • Excellent project tracking and detailed planning skills are required.

  • Self-starter and influencer – metric-driven and willing to work with cross-functional teams.

  • Influencer and team player – drive quality metrics but willing to look at the big picture.

  • Good communicator – data-driven, makes decisions based on the data

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions will include both office environment as well as plant floor.

  • Typical work hours will be 8-5 but maybe revised to match plant operations or other schedules.

  • Work may require occasional weekend or evening work.

  • Up to 25% travel may be required when qualifying parts or equipment.  This may include domestic or international travel.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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