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Director of Quality

DIRECTOR OF QUALITY

POSITION SPECIFICATION

THE ORGANIZATION

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 POSITION

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

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

• 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;

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

• 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.

EXPERIENCE
• 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).

PERSONAL AND STYLE CHARACTERISTICS

• 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

EDUCATION
Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA preferred.

RELOCATION PACKAGE WILL BE PROVIDED

Interested candidates may contact:

Anant Shah
aoshah@arrowgear.com
Director of Quality Assurance
Arrow Gear
2301 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Sr. Analyst – Process Improvement and Advance Analytics, Aircraft Maintenance Operations

Sr. Analyst – Process Improvement and Advance Analytics, Aircraft Maintenance Operations

Role Overview

The Aircraft Maintenance Operations team is currently looking for an individual who has work experience and background in Industrial Engineering and process improvement; data extraction and data mining; business case analysis and presentation; analytical and statistical modeling. This role will require strategic thinking and strong internal and external client relationship. High-level responsibilities of the role include:

Responsibilities
• Leverages understanding of the business process to identify and implement solutions and influences business processes that will result in significant bottom-line contributions and/or efficiency improvements
• Encourage development and sharing of internal best practices and foster collaboration with internal and external teams
• Execute process improvement solutions to business problems using data analysis, data mining, optimization tools, statistical modeling and machine learning techniques
• Develops the approach and methods to define and solve management problems through quantitative analysis and analytical models, using tools and techniques covered in Operation Research, Statistics, and Econometrics sciences
• Analyze and generate actionable insights from structured and unstructured data and effectively communicate findings and solutions with various groups

Qualifications:

Education
• Bachelor’s degree in the field of Statistics, Operations Research and/or Industrial Engineering required
• Master’s Degree in a quantitative field like Operations Research and/or MBA preferred
• Six Sigma Black Belt certification or related process improvement certification preferred

Knowledge/Skills
• Proven experience in resolving complex process challenges; leader in the area of problem solving and process simplification using Lean Six Sigma techniques
• Be adept in building presentations for senior leadership team
• Adaptability to changing business environment required
• Basic programming skills and familiarity with database querying tools and able to write queries and procedures using Teradata SQL and/or Microsoft TSQL and experience with SAS or R

Experience
• At Least 2 years of experience in Process Improvement
• At least 2 years of experience in analytics required
• At least 1 years of Airline experience preferred

Other
• Must be legally authorized to work in US for any employer without sponsorship
• Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification
• Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

Interested candidates may contact:

Soudeh Mansourian
soudeh.mansourian@united.com
Sr. Manager – Data and Analytics
United | Corporate Support Center
233 South Wacker Drive | Chicago, Illinois 60606

Manager – Process Improvement and Advance Analytics, Aircraft Maintenance Operations

Manager – Process Improvement and Advance Analytics, Aircraft Maintenance Operations

Role Overview

The Manager, Process Improvement and Advance Analytics is responsible for providing problem solving support and strategic direction of advanced analytics for the Aircraft Maintenance Operations team. This role requires an individual with passion for problem solving and data analytics with the willingness to dig deep into details as well as the ability to assess the big picture. Candidate should have work experience with data extraction, data mining and problem solving; business case analysis and presentation; analytical and statistical modeling; and a process improvement in operation environment. This role will require strategic thinking and strong internal and external client relationship. High-level responsibilities of the role include:

Responsibilities
• Develop and implement analytical methodologies, processes, and technological solutions to develop recommendations for process improvements
• Collaborate with leadership to identify Process Improvement/Process Simplification opportunities and lead Problem Solving initiatives
• Execute process improvement solutions to business problems using data analysis, data mining, optimization tools, statistical modeling and machine learning techniques
• Continuously develop and demonstrate improved analysis methodologies and tracks and measures results of improvement initiatives
• Lead projects as well as couching and mentoring team members
• Support initiatives for predictive analysis

Qualifications:

Education
• Bachelor’s degree in the field of Math, Statistics, Operations Research and/or Industrial Engineering required
• Master’s Degree in a quantitative field like Math, Statistics, Operations Research and/or MBA preferred

Knowledge/Skills
• Proven experience in resolving complex process challenges; leader in the area of problem solving and process simplification using Lean Six Sigma techniques
• Familiarity with industrial engineering principles is a plus
• Proven comfort and an intellectual curiosity for working with very large sets of data, pulling in relevant team members to address identified – and sometimes undiscovered – needs
• Be proficient in using database querying tools and able to write complex queries and procedures using Teradata SQL and/or Microsoft TSQL and hands-on modeling experience on SAS or R
• Be proficient with one or more reporting tools – Spotfire / Tableau / Oracle OBIEE / Brio
• Be able to communicate complex quantitative analysis and algorithms in a clear, precise and actionable manner
• Be adept in building presentations for senior leadership team

Experience
• At least 3 years of experience in analytics and process improvement preferred
• At least 2 year experience in a leadership/supervisory role preferred
• Lean Six Sigma experience preferred

Other
• Must be legally authorized to work in US for any employer without sponsorship
• Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification
• Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

Qualified Candidates May Apply Online

United | Corporate Support Center
233 South Wacker Drive | Chicago, Illinois 60606
united.com

Lean, Project Manager, Discover Financial

Lean, Project Manager

Discover. A more rewarding way to work. At Discover Financial Services, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the industry’s smartest and most reliable professionals. And at a company that rewards dedication, values innovation and supports growth. Thrive in an environment that promotes teamwork and shared success. Build on a foundation of mutual respect. Join the company that understands rewarding careers like no other.

Discover seeks a Project Manager to drive cross-functional project teams to deliver breakthrough improvements in unit cost, quality, customer experience, and risk. This position leads the execution of Discover Lean’s strategic initiatives and projects in business units throughout Discover (DFS). This position must be located in Riverwoods, IL, due to the level of interaction with head-quarters based business partners.

This role provides a unique opportunity to tackle a wide range of the highly visible, Lean-related business challenges across the enterprise. We are looking for people that thrive on collaboratively solving complex problems with senior leaders across all of DFS. To succeed, this person must demonstrate thought leadership, develop collaborative relationships, and deliver measurable results through Lean projects. Ensure timely delivery of projects and breakthrough results that meet or exceed agreed-upon metrics or goals

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build relationships with all key constituents necessary to deliver project results on a timely basis
  • Assist in creating lasting change within business units aligned to project execution methodology while simultaneously helping business partners understand and grow with the Lean Six Sigma transformation
  • Effectively communicate with senior management about project progress, results and assistance needed from them in written presentations, emails, and in toll gate reviews
  • Quantify impact of projects on financials, productivity, customer experience, quality, risk, and compliance
  • Promote a risk-aware culture; Identify and evaluate controls to sustain processes and their improvements for the long term by adhering to required risk management standards and processes
  • Understand key metrics that measure business-unit performance, create scorecards, and monitor process performance over time
  • Conduct in-depth analyses including data collection, analyses, and synthesis to generate key insights for projects

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Gather current-state data, conduct in-depth data/root-cause analyses, and generate current-state process maps and key insights for project sponsors. Articulate strong fact-driven recommendations for future-state processes
  • Assist generation of internal and external customer insights based on customer interviews, focus groups, and surveys since customer insights will be a key factor shaping solution development.
  • Mentor project team on Lean Six Sigma skills as well as general project management
  • Understand key metrics that measure business-unit performance, create scorecards, and monitor metric performance over time
  • Build relationships with all key constituents necessary to deliver project results on a timely basis
  • Identify and evaluate controls to sustain processes and their improvements for the long term.

RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to either a Discover Lean Projects Manager or Senior Manager; may also be directed by Initiative team leaders (including Lean leaders, Business Unit subject-matter experts, or support-function leaders such as those from Business Technology)
  • Collaborates with team members to understand customer needs, map current states, drive root-cause-analysis, design future states, and deliver projects with sustainable results
  • Work with relevant business units implementing Lean initiatives
  • Collaborate with Lean team to listen to its members
  • Mentor (Sr.) Associates on Lean Six Sigma skills, project execution methodology, and lean thinking concerns, get feedback on tested solutions, and deploy improvement initiatives or ideas

Skills

  • Bachelor Degree required; Masters or other advanced quantitative degree preferred. Five to seven years of relevant work experience
  • Five to seven years of relevant work experience with 1-2 years managing cross-functional teams
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Strong proficiency with statistical software (Minitab)
  • Ability to use query languages to extract data
  • Ability to drive projects with ownership and an independent but client-first mindset

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Black Belt or Green Belt Certification in Lean or Six-Sigma preferred
  • Strong analytical skills with knowledge of statistical analysis
  • 1 to 2 years of experience managing cross-functional projects
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in the financial-services industry or in B2C consumer-centric fields
  • Proficient using statistical analysis software (preferably Minitab)
  • Experience querying large data sets within Teradata and/or SAS environment

#LI-KK1 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

 

Link for job:   http://www.mydiscovercareer.com/job/7250711/lean-project-manager-riverwoods-il/

 

QA Manager, National Cycle, Maywood, IL

QA Manager (Chicago) needed to lead an exciting career with National Cycle – a global, industry leading, state-of-the-art, power sports manufacturer and supplier of: polycarbonate windshields, machined brackets and accessories for motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, UTVs, etc.  Soon to be adding: deep drawn motorcycle gas tanks, side covers and fenders.

This role will lead total quality programs, policies, and initiatives.

Responsible for identifying, analyzing and developing improvements in productivity, quality, client relationships, and customer service.

Responsible for planning total quality policies, programs, and initiatives.

Oversees development of new testing tools, methods and systems to ensure products and services meet quality standards.  A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Responsible for the design and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that quality standards are met during production. Oversees testing of processes and products.

We are needing to grow from our ISO 9001 certification and into TS 14969, and ISO 14000.

Oversees the evaluation of a finished product for quality and reliability.

Requires a bachelor’s degree with 6 + years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Will lead and direct the work of others (1 experienced Technician to start).

Needing: CMM operational skills with reporting for PPAP and APQP start-ups.

Some manufacturing engineering experience is preferred.

 

Located in Maywood, IL for 80 years!  They occupy 100,000 sq. ft. (adding another 30,000 soon), with 170 employees.   See them at www.nationalcycle.com.

To be considered and for further information on my retained client, contact Dale Wiza, 414-807-9663, dale@engineeringplacements.com

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