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Principal Advanced Quality Engineer

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Quality  |  ID: REQ-10518


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Advanced Quality Engineer

The Challenge

The Principal Advanced Quality Engineer (AQE) owns the quality initiatives on a new part, or NPI product design to set the factory up for sustainable long-term ownership and success. Manages complex problems utilizing APQP processes that requires a high level of independent problem solving and self-direction. Independently manages entire projects for a work area and executes/implements quality systems primarily on an NPI. Very data driven and makes decisions based on the data.
For small programs / projects, the Principal AQE manages all the quality needs for the program. For these programs, the Principal AQE reaches out to the various quality organizations (MFG & Supplier) to understand their needs for the program, sets the quality objectives with the help of the AQE leader, and is quality voice in the NPI process. The Principal AQE will report out the program progress during pulsing and NPI review/tollgate meetings.

What you will Do

Lead APQP including responsible for the PPAP of in-house equipment and parts primarily associated with a 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: 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 prior to 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.
  • 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 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.)
  • Lead field test definition, surveying, analysis to drive robust issue resolution

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 execute ensuring 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.

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 Advanced Quality Engineering (AQE) responsible items for the reviews.
  • The Principal AQE role has minimal involvement with the issues affecting day to day production but does require 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 that is new, 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

Position Requirement

  • Leadership and effective communication experience in the definition, design, implementation and troubleshooting of manufacturing and quality processes.
  • Experience with manufacturing equipment and processes.
  • Excellent project tracking and detailed planning skills required.
  • Self-starter and influencer – metric driven and willing to work with cross-functional teams and hourly workforce.
  • 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.
  • Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher (Engineering preferred)
  • Experience in manufacturing plant environment.
  • Computer literate and highly skilled in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and others.
  • Experience with using APQP and PPAP to qualify parts and processes.
  • Experience with a tollgate process and reporting out on AQE responsible items during reviews.
  • Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experienced using, programming, and interpreting CMM/3D scanning/metrology systems.
  • Significant experience in implementing Lean process improvements in high volume manufacturing operations.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification proficient with Minitab
  • Experience in metrology / measurement systems.
  • Proficient with understanding both coordinate and geometric GD&T drawings
  • Experience managing projects in a manufacturing environment.
  • 7 years experience in a high-volume manufacturing operation.
  • Leadership and effective communication experience in the definition, design, implementation and troubleshooting of manufacturing and quality processes.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions will include both office environment as well as 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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