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Senior Quality Engineer

Company: Smiths Connectors
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: September 15, 2019

Job Description:

About Us

Smiths is always looking for curious minds. For new colleagues who want responsibility and relish a challenge. Those who would like to use their talents to help make the world safer, healthier, more efficient and more connected.We're proud that we've been helping propel the human world forwards during our 160 year history of innovation. By looking at things differently. By adapting and never standing still. And by always thinking big.Today we're an aligned global business of five divisions and around 22,000 colleagues, that touches the lives of millions every year across five vibrant global markets.Smiths Interconnect provides high-speed, secure connectivity solutions that can perform at extremes of pressure and temperature.

Our microwave technology is used to keep military radar systems online while our antenna solutions are installed across aircraft and space applications to enhance communications. Innovative cable solutions increase signaling functionality in autonomous transport systems and augmented reality and surgical robotics are made possible with connectors that increase bandwidth and data rates.

Customers rely on Smiths Interconnect for mission-critical connectivity in the harshest environments.Our blue-chip customers include Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Huawei, NVIDIA and Biosense Webster.As one of the five divisions of Smiths Group, Smiths Interconnect employs over 1800 people. We have a global presence selling our products in over 50 countries with manufacturing facilities in nine countries and offices across North America, Europe and Asia.So whether you're an experienced professional or just starting out on your career, our global scale and focus on growth means great career opportunities for the right colleagues. There's never been a better time to join Smiths. And help us create the future.

Job Description

Support Smiths Interconnect Quality Assurance for Space, Aerospace, and Healthcare customers, products, and processes. Provide regional support for the development, implementation and institutionalization of essential global processes through the analysis of global and regionally derived operational and quality data, best practices, and benchmarking.Key elements of the role include:Monitor, analyze and continuously improve the quality performance externally and internally through continuous improvement activities based on sound quality management/quality assurance fundamentals which focus on process management/control, built in quality, and relentless drive to continually improve. Provide leadership for the KC site quality assurance team.

Lead the site in corrective and preventive action efforts as they relate in internal (in house) concerns, external concerns with Smith Interconnect, and external end-use customers. Interface, as required, with aerospace, defense, aviation, and medical customers on corrective actions and problem solving Develop improvement plans and guide actions to drive improvement in KPI's (key performance indicators) that align with strategic initiatives.

Coach, council, and mentor site level and business unit team, enabling customer satisfaction, quality system, and goal improvements. Participate in regular contract review activities as assigned Participate in, and represent quality in assigned new product introductions, ensuring built in quality. Facilitate process qualifications for both product performance and manufacturability. Work with global quality assurance team to identify and implement global best practices, which strive to achieve global standardization and operational excellence.

Facilitate and Lead corrective action processes to ensure that identified causes are addressed, and systems are globally improved to prevent recurrence. Lead, mentor teams in problem solving and root cause identification efforts. Support Global teams in Supplier Qualification and issue resolution. Lead and/or participate, as assigned, in continuous improvement activities in business performance in areas of Quality, Cost, Lead-time and Delivery; utilizing Lean and six-sigma concepts.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Experience in related Engineering or Quality field in a manufacturing setting. Aerospace, defense, space experience preferred.
  • Will consider other regulated industry experience such as medical devices and automotive.Demonstrated performance in quality assurances roles.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work independently and achieving objectives through influence.
  • Oversight of multisite, multinational environments is preferred.Must have 8 years (or more) of cross functional experience in Quality Assurance in a high precision, regulated manufacturing setting.
  • Demonstrated success in lean production process and business process excellence Experience QMS audit processes.
  • Certification as QMS Internal Auditor or Lead Auditor preferred.
  • Knowledgeable and demonstrated experience in the application of Lean and Six Sigma (or other Advanced Problem Solving methodology)Demonstrated knowledge and utilization of quality management tools, such as; Value Stream Mapping, capability studies, MSA, SPC, Control Plans, Kaizen, 5S, Statistical Analysis, SMED, Root Cause analysis tools, Corrective Action Systems, VOC, QFD, Error Proofing, Robust Design, FMEA, BIQ, and Cause and Effect Diagrams.Formal Lean and 6-sigma black belt (or other advanced problem solving method) certifications are preferred.Proven ability to lead cross functional high performance teams.

    The Individual

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Must have solid understand of QMS Processes. Additionally, ISO 9000, AS9100D, ISO 13485, OSHAS 18000, and ISO 14000 is preferred.
    • Certification as Internal Auditor or Lead Assessor preferred.
    • Preferably an expert in Lean and Advanced Problem Solving (Six Sigma) usage with demonstrated/quantifiable hands on experience.
    • Ability to work independently and in a team settings.
    • Possess the interpersonal skills required to be effective in influencing at all levels of a geographically distributed business.
    • Understanding and application of business analytics (Reliability Engineering tool knowledge is a plus).
    • Experience preparing and auditing customer qualifications such as FAIRs, FARS, PPAP, etc.
    • Proven capability to lead large cross functional, global teams in problem solving, process improvements, and solution implementation.
    • Experience in supplier development is desirable.
    • Experience and familiarity with Performance / Process Excellence and Built In Quality models is highly desirable, as are formal Lean and 6-sigma certifications.

    • Bachelor's degree in Quality or a Technical Discipline (i.e. IE, EE, ME, QE). Master Degree in relevant discipline is preferred.
    • 8+ years Quality / Operations / Engineering experience in engineering or management role in a world-class manufacturing setting, with demonstrated success in both quality leadership and business process excellence.

    • Additional certification such as BB/MBB, CQE, CQM, and / or ISO Lead Auditor is highly desirable.
    • Proven problem solving skills and abilities required
    • Experienced in working in Design area with Design Teams
    • Familiarity with and experience in applying Six Sigma methodologies required (qualified Green Belt / Black Belt preferred)

    • Travel: less than 5% Impact and Scope:
    • Lead area quality assurance initiatives including, but not limited to new product introductions and global quality interfaces with suppliers, customers, and internal stakeholders in aerospace, healthcare, defense, & space industries. Key Internal and External Relationships.
    • Partnering with Plant Management, Sales, Engineering to improve manufacturing, quality and business processes

      Application Process

      Smiths Interconnect, Inc. participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program.Smiths Interconnect is an EEO/AA Employer/Vet/Disabled.

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