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Company: Woodward
Location: Rockford
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Job Description:

Position Purpose The Quality Manager, Level 1 is responsible to lead and improve a quality engineering organization and for the implementation of quality improvement strategies as well as the continuous improvement of quality systems and business processes primarily supporting a value stream or business area. The incumbent generally reports to a Quality Director, Quality Manager Level 2, or General Manager and works with the leader or other Managers to develop, improve and maintain quality systems and processes to meet business objectives and customer expectations and is relied upon to provide technical expertise in guiding design efforts, customer interactions, and other quality engineering related matters such as problem solving.Essential Functions * Accountable for coordination and integration of quality assurance processes and procedures which may include the following areas: Government and Regulatory compliance (ISO,AS,TS, FAA, DCMA), Customer Quality Compliance, and internal quality procedural compliance * Supports continuous systemic improvement initiatives* Executes value stream or area level strategic quality plan to meet business objectives and customer expectations. Supports site level strategic quality plan * Develops and holds staff accountable for quality metrics that enable evaluation of progress to the site strategic plan and goals* Develops a highly effective and well skilled technical staff and supports the site regarding implementation of PLC, APQP, Lean, process capability/First Pass Yield and continuous improvement initiatives while supporting the maintenance of an effective Six Sigma System * Represents Woodward primarily from the business area or value stream level to customers, potential customers, regulatory bodies through presentation and communication of the Quality Management System and quality strategies to meet or exceed customer expectations while providing advocacy as needed* Accountable for effective Root Cause and Corrective Action within the site or business area/value streams for escapes (internal or customer) and ensures an effective internal and external corrective action process (timely and effective closures of Corrective Action Requests - CAR's) * Report customer and internal quality metrics to management. Drives with business area or value stream team corrective action and problem solving to accelerate improvements* Stay abreast of current quality and regulatory trends and methodologies in the applicable industry and utilize this information to recommend proactive strategies and readiness approaches to the leadership team * Provides direction, development and performance management of direct reports* Develop and maintain an appropriate quality organization to support the successful adherence to the QMS and the transformation process. Accountable to manage quality resources to meet the financial plan * In conjunction with Operations Engineering, looks for and drives new technologies and concepts into current process design practices in an effort to provide process solutions that are significantly more capable * Leads and develops others in the behavioral application and adherence to the Woodward Constitution, Codes of Business Conduct and Ethics (Policy 1-14) and participates in BCOC investigations as neededOther Functions * Responsible for goal flow down from the Business Group level to actionable activities * Supports Quality Director/Vice President Quality in site transition toward an ever improving One Woodward quality system* Collaborates with functions inside and outside the organization (Enterprise Wide) * Leads or influences systematic support of Six Sigma and problem solving for the site. Leads Greenbelt projects for challenging business issue* Sets high quality standards and demonstrates a firm commitment to quality and continuous improvement * Must be able to travel to customer and other Woodward sites, domestic and international semi independentlyJob Requirements:Knowledge/Skills/Abilities * Solid understanding of: QMS; Processes approach; ISO, AS and TS; APQP, LEAN principles, Six Sigma tools and methodologies, other continuous improvement methods to support lean order fulfillment processes. Solid technical toolbox (such as trade-studies, brainstorming, design evaluation matrices, risk management, test methods and systems, configuration management, ECR management, DFMEA, PFMEA, DFR, GD&T, or other appropriate design and analysis tools)* Solid knowledge of statistical concepts and methods to ensure appropriate application and analysis of data, with ability to analyze issues, solve problems and develop others to do the same* Solid knowledge of the product life cycle, especially related key deliverables* Ability to collaborate and participate in the development of site or focus area strategies for quality performance and continuous improvement. Supports site strategy implementation with Managers and leaders* Solid oral and written communication with all levels of the organization, but in particular at the general membership level, and at customer representative level* Able to lead and develop a vision and strategy for the value stream or business area team level, including gaining alignment and support* Solid collaboration and influencing skills with the value stream or area team and peers. Supports the improvement of processes across the site on a per project basis* Ability to work within specific value streams (enterprise wide - supply to customer) to achieve site and value stream performance objectives* Solid time management and project management skills to organize and plan effectively in developing effective systems and processes at the value stream/area level* Solid people and leadership skills in coaching, motivating and leading others * Ability to understand and work effectively with various cultures * Strong risk management skills for risk mitigation and problem solving * Solid understanding of business and operation processes * Strong understanding of ERP SystemsEducation or Formal Training * 4 year science/technical or management degree or International equivalent required * Masters degree in science/technical or management field, or international equivalent preferred* Six Sigma Greenbelt or equivalent data based problem solving preferred* Nationally recogized quality certification desired, e.g. Amer ican Society of Quality (ASQ), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB)Experience Required * Minimum 4 years quality engineering, program management, engineering, and/or operations experience in a manufacturing environment required* Minimum 2 years experience working with quality management systems with fundamental understanding of quality management systems, process approach, and continuous improvement methods and tools required * Evidenced leadership capability for collaborating with internal and external customers toward continuous improvement * Experience with APQP and process capability preferredMaterials and Equipment Used * Standard office equipmentWorking Environment/ Physical Activities * Domestic and some international travel, as requiredWoodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company's innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.Woodward is an Equal Opportunity EmployerEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Keywords: Woodward, Rockford , QUALITY MANAGER, Executive , Rockford, Illinois

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