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Principal Advanced Quality Engineer

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Quality  |  ID: REQ-9211


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Advanced Quality Engineer

The Challenge

The Principal Advanced Quality Engineer (AQE) will support the Roper APEX NPI Program, focusing on product test and genealogy. They will be responsible to drive successful New Product Introduction (NPI) processes, present project statuses, drive process improvement and positively impact Cost of Quality (COQ). The Principal AQE will further develop and use quality testing processes like APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) and DFSS (Design for Six Sigma) to measure and ensure new high-volume manufacturing processes are ready for use. The Principal AQE owns the quality initiatives on new parts, processes, testing and NPI product design to set the factory up for sustainable long-term ownership and success.

What you will Do

  • Lead APQP, including responsibility for the PPAP of in-house equipment and parts primarily associated with NPI, without significant direction.  
  • Own the APQP process to plan, specify, procure, certify, and implement into production high quality, cost effective, right-sized manufacturing processes including product testing, fixtures, line side gauging, go/no-go, measurement plans, and equipment.
  • Lead identification and implementation of genealogy technology and traceability on critical parts, assemblies, and processes, coordinating cross-functions efforts including but not limited to Sourcing, Supplier Quality, Advanced Manufacturing Engineers, Factory Information Systems, Program Team and Plant Resources and Materials.
  • Responsible for the NPI iP checklists and completing and reporting on AQE responsible items prior to the reviews.
  • Lead cross-functional PFMEA’s to understand the risks of new part/product/process changes and ensure they are mitigated appropriately by product launch.
  • Must work collaboratively with both salaried and hourly personnel in a cross-functional team environment to meet the needs of the operators, the program, and the business.
  • Interfacing 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 established testing and quality plans meet the product specifications.
  • Understand GEA technical drawings, both MBD/GD&T and linear dimensions, and ensure the quality plans established 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.   
  • Develop and implement quality test plans for the factory to execute, ensuring sustained control of Critical to Quality and Critical Process features.
  • Project manage the scoping, definition, and implementation of quality improvements 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.
  • Principal 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 AQE responsible items for the reviews.
  • The Principal AQE role requires an extremely strong understanding of the people and how the current processes work.  The role of the Principal AQE is to work with a cross functional team to implement a new part, product, or process with a ‘turnkey’ sustainable quality process at 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)
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in a high-volume manufacturing operation.
  • Computer literate, highly skilled in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Agile, etc
  • Experience using APQP and PPAP to qualify parts and processes.
  • Experience with NPI process and reporting on AQE responsible items.
  • Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.
  • Experience in metrology / measurement.
  • Experienced using, programming, and interpreting CMM/3D scanning/metrology systems.
  • Proficient with understanding both coordinate and geometric GD&T drawings.
  • Experience managing projects in a manufacturing environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including presentations to business leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading experienced and skilled salary teams.
  • Experienced designing and executing in-factory product testing.
  • Significant experience in implementing Lean process improvements in high volume manufacturing operations.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification proficient with Minitab.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions will include both office environment and plant floor.
  • Normal work hours will be 8-5 but may be altered to match plant operations or other schedules.
  • Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
  • Up to 25% travel may be require when qualifying parts or equipment.  This could be 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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