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Quality Manager

Title: Quality Manager
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports To: President

Manages and coordinates the daily Quality Assurance activities, documents and related operations of American Pinball Inc. (API). Responsible for day to day monitoring and inspection activities. Supervises the QA Inspector(s), is responsible for monitoring the tool calibration system, determining root cause for reported internal and external nonconformities, determines acceptance or denial of warranty claims, communicates decisions to the customer. Develops and manages required policies, procedures and audit controls. Establishes and maintains Quality Management Processes and Procedures, Work Instructions, Forms, Documents and Records. Oversees the day to day inspections, documentation, investigation and analysis of reported nonconformities.
Monitors compliance with 5S performance to promote a safe working environment. Promotes the execution of the procedures and work instructions in the Quality Management System. Attends Design Review and Management Review meetings. Manages the daily operations of the quality assurance staff, enforces the Policies and Procedures listed in the Quality Management Systems manual that impact Manufacturing, Production, Inspection and Testing.

Reports to:
The President.

Direct report staff:
Plant QA Inspectors and Testing Technicians (if any).

Duties and responsibilities:
• Responsible for the oversight of the Process Audits and any resulting corrective actions.
• Responsible Internal and External Corrective and Preventive Action reporting.
• Responsible for performing Root Cause Analysis activities and meetings.
• Responsible for meeting and coordinating with external Quality System auditors.
• Vice-Chairs safety committee. Monitors staff safety and on-the-job injuries. Reviews and audits OSHA Log.
• Continuously improves performance by fostering a well-trained, equipped and motivated staff.
• Maintains quality of service by enforcing quality and customer service standards.
• Maintains staff performance by conducting regular performance reviews.
• Accomplishes staff results by communicating job expectations and conducting staff meetings as required.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed and participating in Quality Management System team meetings, as required.

Customer Focus, Quality, Manufacturing, ISO, ERP, Coaching, and Supervision, Quality System Management, Results Driven, Fosters Teamwork, Handles Pressure, Gives Feedback and maintains a safe and healthy working environment. Able to leap tall buildings, with a running start.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position, and core hours of work are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand. One, half hour lunch break and two ten-minute rest breaks will be provided.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to see, talk and hear. The use of hands and fingers to handle and/or feel and the ability to reach with hands and arms, is required. Sitting, standing and walking, for long periods of time up to nine (9) hours per day. Must wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including a back-brace belt, as required. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. regularly throughout the work day without assistance. Must be able to move 250 lb. games, on a cart, as needed. Must be able to safely operate a pallet jack moving loads up to 1500 lbs.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Dhaval Vasani
1448 Yorkshire Drive,
Streamwood, IL 60107
Phone: 847 893 6800
Direct : 847 971 8892

Quality Inspector – Stamping Manufacturing


Position: Quality Inspector Stamping Manufacturing
Work Hours (Shift): 3rd Shift

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Quality Inspector to join our team that is passionate about excellence in quality and customer satisfaction.

Under the supervision of the Quality Manager, the Quality Inspector performs the inspection of product star-up approvals, Tool/Die set-ups, In-Process measurements and testing to ensure products meet quality standards before they reach the customer.

Essential Functions of the Position
• Read and interpret blueprints, control plans and engineering specifications.
• Inspect products according to control plan requirements using various precision gauges.
• Maintain quality records on product inspected.
• Maintain statistical process data as required by the customer
• Work closely with and train/re-train shop floor personnel
• Identify and report product non-conformances
• Perform other duties as directed.

• Minimum 5 years’ experience as an inspector, preferred stamping manufacturing
• Associate degree or above
• Prior exposure to ISO19001, TS16949, ISO14001 Quality Systems
• Experience using OGP or CMM
• Proficient with micrometers, calipers, dial indicators, optical comparator, etc.
• Ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications (blueprint reading skills)
• Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T)
• Strong knowledge of mathematical operations (e.g. measure conversions)
• Knowledge and understanding basic quality terms, definitions and concepts
• Must understand types of measurement, measurement terminology
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
• Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office – Excel & Word)

Quality Engineer


Our client is over 100 years old and they employ approximately 1,200 employees in North America with sales in excess of $800mm dollars. In the United States, they employ 400 people at 5 production facilities. The position is located at a production facility in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and has 150,000 square feet of manufacturing space. It is a nonunion operation and employs 55 people on a two-shift operation


Exciting opportunity to be part of a successful company that is growing and moving into new markets, to include Aluminum and Stainless Steel. This is a highly visible opening that will offer technical and career challenges as well as financial rewards. This person needs to be able to run projects, work independently, be proactive, and able to work effectively with customers. This person would be part of a management team that is implementing lean and enhancing processes, procedures and systems.

Primary Accountabilities:

• Establish programs, policies and procedures to evaluate precision, accuracy and capability of processes, products, production equipment and testing, measurement, and analytical equipment and facilities. • Support the development and implementation of the corrective and preventive action systems.
• Driving the acceptance and adoption of change into an organization • Marshaling and motivating individuals without a direct reporting relationship. • Implementing structured analysis process into complex on-demand problem solving.

Primary Duties:

• Implementation of quality planning (APQP and initial sampling)

• Supplier coordination- PPAP approval, conduct audits, issue reclamations, issue charge backs, etc.

• Examination of laboratory and test reports and initiation of appropriate measures

• Preparation, supervision, and closure of customer audits

• Implementation and monitoring of remedial measures and processes

• Read and interpret engineering drawing, standards, and specifications

• Specification of the required inspection documents for auditors and measurement engineers

• Customer and supplier visits

• Participation in and managing of quality and customer projects

• Implementation of internal audits

• Support and assistance in the introduction or change of processes

• Tool, process, and gauge buy offs

• PPAP submission to customers

• Participation in FMEA, Control Plans, Process Flows, and other process documentation


• Possess a Bachelor’s degree • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with quality/continuous improvement in a manufacturing environment. • A demonstrated experience with Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma is essential. • Working knowledge of ISO 9002 and TS 16949 is required. • Experience with Steel, Aluminum or Stainless steel is highly preferred.


• Must have demonstrated ability to apply strong reasoning skills for problem identification and resolution and to understand the appropriate application of statistical and business improvement tools to achieve and sustain business results. • Must possess effective collaboration skills to motivate and influence others at various levels without a direct reporting relationship. • Must have experience in quality control program operations, to include standards & measurement techniques. • Ability to apply quality control theories and principles to an operational environment. • Must demonstrate an effective communication skill/style to present complex ideas in a compelling and comprehensive manner. • Must demonstrate ability to work independently and is self-driven. • Maintaining and improving the production processes and overall quality in the company and at suppliers.


1. Intellectual Horsepower – Deal with concepts and complexity comfortably; strong analytical capability.

2. Business Acumen – Knowledgeable in current and potential future policies, practices, trends and information affecting the business and organization.

3. Interpersonal Savvy – Build constructive and effective relationships, uses diplomacy and tact

4. Planning – Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of projects, develops schedules

5. Organizing – Can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; arranges files and information in a useful manner

6. Systems Management – Can design practices, tools, processes and procedures which allow monitoring and management at a distance; can impact people and results remotely

Company Services:

• 150,000+ Square Foot Climate Controlled Plant

• .1875” to .012” x 72” Slitter · 25-ton Capacity

• Shimless Slitter Tooling with Interchangeable Heads

• .1875” to .024” x 72” High Speed Precision Blanking & Corrective Leveling Line · 25-ton Capacity

• .078” to .014” x 60” Cut-To-Length with Corrective Leveling · 20-ton Capacity with PVC and Paper Interleaf Capabilities • Two .018” to .250” X 50″ X 100″ Finn Power Turret Press

• Rail Siding & Dock High Loading Capabilities

• Hand Shearing Capabilities from .019 to .250 x 144″ · Two Hand Shears

• Product Capabilities Include Stainless, Both Slitting and Leveling

• ISO 9001:2008 Registered


The company is seeking a candidate who has the skill set and ability to grow into a more significant role within the corporation. The company offers a culture that is very dynamic, and growth oriented. Our client is offering a competitive salary, bonus and an excellent benefit plan to compliment the package.

For additional information on this search, please contact:

Brian Vogrinc
Vogrinc & Short, Inc.
T: 779-210-8586

Resident Quality Engineer Needed

General Description

The Packaging Supplier Quality Engineer is responsible to drive Implementing supplier quality management practices, pro-active risk reduction, quality improvements, problem resolution, failure analysis, root cause and corrective action, and facilitate continuous process improvements with assigned suppliers. This position will involve working with a supply chain of our key customers, and provide quick reaction support for Quality and Delivery related issues, plan and execute supplier audits performance reviews, as well provide regular feedback and technical support to assigned suppliers.
Our Supplier Quality Engineering team is responsible for assessing customer product design requirements and developing the necessary inspection methods, process flows and equipment to ensure process capability and overall product quality.


• Understand and interpret customer specified packaging requirements, understand supplier manufacturing processes, develop and/or approve manufacturing inspection processes, equipment, tools, gauges and fixtures for raw material, mechanical components and mechanical assemblies.
• Establish qualification processes for new products, approve first article inspection reports, and provide feedback to suppliers
• Manage supplier quality performance and drive improvement as needed to become quality leader in industry
• Ability to interpret data, analytical, SPC, identify trends and develop preventative actions
• Lead specific in-depth problem solving at a supplier facility, such as recurring line stoppages, customer field failures, numerous supplier escapes, observation of significant failure trends, etc
• Provide regular feedback and technical support to assigned suppliers.
• Ability to travel and conduct supplier quality audits

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering with minor in Packaging
• 2 years of experience working with manufacturing and testing processes for corrugated boxes, folder cartons, glass bottles, plastic bottles, boxes or packaging, foam, and pallets, etc.
• Familiarity with SQL/database programming to create in-house easy to use reports, such as supplier scorecard, and customer feedback
• Demonstrated hands-on manufacturing, quality or supplier management experience
• Ability to read and understand packaging designs or prints
• This position requires a blend of technical and analytical ability, strong verbal and written communication skills and a high degree of professional acumen.
• Experience with ISO 9001/ISO 14001 quality management systems (QMS) is preferred.


Scott Brenner

Stephen Gould Corporation
225 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143

Director of Quality




Located in the Midwest, The company is a manufacturer and middle-market machining company with an impressive global customer base and a reputation in the industry for delivering complex products and outstanding quality. With a strategic focus on growth, the company has brought in a new top Management team to take them into the future and support change management to realize its performance potential.


The Quality Director is responsible for deployment of quality-related initiatives, processes, and practices. The position is also responsible for leading the development and execution of process control and quality management systems, as well as providing leadership to project teams through all aspects of the continuous improvement process to improve quality, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.
This position will energize the organization around quality and elevate the organization’s reputation as a best in class provider of goods through positively impacting profitability, operational efficiency, customer satisfaction, and on time delivery performance. The role will have the autonomy to design and structure the quality organization to meet the company goals and objectives.
This role will provide support for root cause and corrective/preventive actions tied to Supplier Corrective Action Requests. Support Supplier requests tied to program requirements, interface with customer needs and program management activities. Responsible for ensuring vendor adherence to the part engineering drawings, specifications, purchase order and quality flow down requirements with approved suppliers for continuous improvement


• Serve as a member of the Management Team, providing guidance and strategic direction to the company.
• Cooperate with other management personnel in formulating and establishing company policies, operating procedures and goals.
• Provide overall direction, leadership and management of the Quality Management System.
• Management of quality assurance applications such as Internal Audit, Corrective Action Calibration and Supplier Control Systems.
• Drive effective root cause corrective action (RCCA) and problem solving culture.
• Management of quality engineering department and inspection personnel activities to ensure consistency and compliance to the internal and external requirements.
• Reinforce and champion the idea and culture of continuous improvement and motivate ideas for pipeline improvement project.
• Ensure sufficient resources are available to enable the facility can achieve goals and objectives are met from a quality perspective.
• May occasionally perform special projects;


• Critical thinking such as calculating, analyzing, assessing, integrating and checking. Ability to identify trends and opportunities and providing accurate and quality information.

• Creative and analytically skills to design solutions using expertise in quality, knowledge of industry trends, ability to define problems, collect data, and present recommended solutions.

• Effective project management with consideration for long and short term implications while using technology in the planning, presentation, execution, and evaluation of initiatives. Ability to support change through proven change management programs and approaches.

• Communications expertise in writing, informing, discussing and responding.

• Performance Management to support and develop employees to channel their talents toward organizational goals.

• Engaging the ability to create employee passion for quality and to design and implement systems that integrate quality into the cultural fabric, mindset and production of the organization.

• Five plus years recent experience in machining related industry quality and manufacturing environment
• 10 plus years of experience in a leadership role preferred
• Five plus years of recent experience in Quality Director role managing supervisors, leads, and other direct reports
• Experience building a quality infrastructure that yields results
• Six Sigma and or/LEAN certification (Blackbelt preferred).


• Pro-active and results oriented
• Demonstrated leadership skills and change management experience
• Highly professional
• Takes ownership with a solutions focus
• Collaborative
• Can challenge status quo/ a change agent
• Able to “roll up your sleeves”
• Innovative
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Demonstrates a personal sense of urgency and ability to motivate others
• Enjoys a challenge

Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA preferred.


Interested candidates may contact:

Anant Shah
Director of Quality Assurance
Arrow Gear
2301 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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