Senior Quality Engineer
Company: Smiths Connectors
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: September 15, 2019
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
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
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.
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
- Will consider other regulated industry experience such as
medical devices and automotive.Demonstrated performance in quality
- 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
- Demonstrated success in lean production process and business
process excellence Experience QMS audit processes.
- Certification as QMS Internal Auditor or Lead Auditor
- 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.
Skills and Abilities:
- Must have solid understand of QMS Processes. Additionally, ISO
9000, AS9100D, ISO 13485, OSHAS 18000, and ISO 14000 is
- Certification as Internal Auditor or Lead Assessor
- Preferably an expert in Lean and Advanced Problem Solving (Six
Sigma) usage with demonstrated/quantifiable hands on
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Familiarity with and experience in applying Six Sigma
methodologies required (qualified Green Belt / Black Belt
- 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
- Partnering with Plant Management, Sales, Engineering to improve
manufacturing, quality and business processes
Smiths Interconnect, Inc. participates in the Electronic Employment
Verification Program.Smiths Interconnect is an EEO/AA
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