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Sr. Advanced Quality Engineer (AQE)-NPI

LaFayette, GA, United States  |  Quality  |  ID: REQ-13158


Job Location

USA, LaFayette, GA

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Job Posting Title

Sr. Advanced Quality Engineer (AQE)-NPI

The Challenge

As the Senior Advanced Quality Engineer at Roper located in LaFayette, GA, you will own the quality initiatives on new or modified parts, processes and NPI product designs to set the factory up for sustainable long-term ownership and success. The Sr AQE is responsible for driving successful NPI processes, presenting project statuses, driving process improvements, and positively impacting Cost of Quality (COQ).

The Sr AQE manages complex challenges utilizing APQP processes that require a high level of independent problem-solving and self-direction and independently manages entire projects for a work area and executes/implements quality systems. The Sr AQE requires limited supervision and influences, coaches and reviews the work of others. The Sr AQE is very data driven and makes decisions based on data. You will need a combined knowledge of engineering, quality, and product line to be a successful Sr AQE at Roper. This role requires a very data-driven individual and one that makes decisions based on the data.

What you will Do

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Focus will primarily be NPI’s but must also support total cost take out and run the plant projects as required.  Collaborate with CIB chair for quality improvement and project execution.
  • Requires extremely strong understanding of the people and how the current processes work.  The role of the Sr AQE is to work with a cross-functional team to implement a new part, product, or process, with a ‘turn key’ sustainable quality process at product launch which the factory has bought into and agrees to take ownership of executing.
  • Lead APQP without significant direction, including the responsibility for the PPAP of in-house equipment and parts primarily associated with an NPI.
  • Balance the communication between product design and manufacturing to ensure all issues are addressed with minimal surprises to achieve world-class manufacturing goals.
  • Responsible for the NPI iP checklists and completing/reporting out on Advanced Quality Engineering (AQE) responsible items prior to the reviews.
  • 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.
  • Own the APQP process to plan, specify, procure, certify and implement high quality, cost-effective, right-sized manufacturing processes including fixtures, line side gauging, go/no-go, measurement plans, and equipment.
  • 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.
  • Interface with team leaders to develop job instruction and define what is critical. Define the jobs through standard work and job instructions.
  • 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 they introduce, including the quality control plan required for an ISO-certified plant (MCP’s, MCI’s, FRM’s, etc.)
  • 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

What you need to Succeed

Position Requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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 bigger 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)
  • Minimum 5 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 managing projects in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in metrology / measurement.
  • Experienced using, programming, and interpreting CMM/3D scanning/metrology systems.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient with understanding both coordinate and geometric GD&T drawings.
  • Experience in implementing Lean process improvements in high volume manufacturing operations.
  • Experienced in using the APQP process to plan, specify, procure, certify, and implement high quality, cost effective, right-sized manufacturing processes such as fixtures, line side gauging, go/no-go, measurement plans, and equipment.
  • 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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