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Quality Engineer

ORGANIZATION:

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

Summary:

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.
Challenges:
• 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

Requirements:

• 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.

Qualifications: 

• 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.

Competencies:

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

OPPORTUNITY:

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
http://www.vogshort.com
brianv@vogshort.com

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.

Responsibilities

• 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.

Inquire:

Scott Brenner
sdbrenner@stephengould.com

Stephen Gould Corporation
225 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143
630-510-7900

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

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