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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

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

Inspector III (QA), G&W, IL

Inspector III, QA

General Summary: Inspect component parts and completed product for conformance to
process controls using visual inspection and various measuring tools of advanced

Essential Functions:
• Perform final and incoming inspections
• Assist in evaluation of non-conforming components
• Perform internal process audits as required, report all findings
• Position has the authority to “shut down” non-conforming processes after notifying Supervisor
• Analyze and report on materials, processes and products
• Communicate drawing discrepancies to Engineering
• Participate in customer inspections as needed
• Assist team members in preparing and entering NCRs (Non-Conformance Reports)
• Write Customer Improvement Initiative (CII) for audits and assist employees who wish to report a
problem requiring corrective action for repetitive problems
• Report violations of ISO standard to the Quality Manager
• Participate in prototype review process for all newly developed products as needed
• Assist in the dimensional analysis of components to help identify potential quality issues
• Responsible (along with team members from product engineering, manufacturing engineering and
production) for the creation/implementation of process control charts for all critical processes
Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
• Conserve resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results
• Contribute to team effort by training others in performance of inspection tasks as needed
• Inspect all work prior to passing it on to the next operation
• Document actions by completing production and quality forms
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to read and interpret complex drawings, schematics, bills of material, wiring and ladder
diagrams required
• Must have basic computer skills in MS Word and Excel Experience using an ERP system desirable
• Ability to utilize mechanical inspection measuring tools and CMM machine
• Thorough knowledge or Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
• Must be able to understand and apply elements of corrective and preventive actions
• Associated degree in Quality discipline or equivalent work experience and skill development
• 2+ years experience performing technical work in a manufacturing environment
• ASQ CQT certification preferred

Physical Demands: (The work is classified as Medium – Heavy Physical Demand Level (PDL) by the US Dept of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles) Frequencies: Occasional (1-33%); Frequent (34-66%); Continuous (67-100%)
• Lift up to 60 lbs on an occasional basis floor to waist
Lifting Demands

Postural Demands

Miscellaneous Demands
• Lift up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis floor to chest
• Carry up to 50 lbs on an occasional basis up to 25 feet
• Push/pull up to 100 lbs on an frequent basis
• Standing – continuous
• Walking – frequent
• Bending/stooping – frequent
• Squatting/kneeling – frequent
• Lifting – frequent
• Sitting – occasional
• Griping, manipulation, fingering – frequent
• Variable hand/power tool use – frequent
• Two-person lifting tasks using assistive devices for lifting, pulling and pushing including hand trucks, pallet jacks, and hoists

Customer Satisfaction/Safety/Quality/Environmental:
• Our goal is to provide a world-class service to our customers by delivering defect-free products on time to both our internal and external customers Your comments and suggestions are an integral part of our success
• Responsible for ensuring that quality systems function effectively and products meet customer requirements
• Responsible for following safety and environmental rules and regulations
• Responsible for ownership of his/her own safety and that of their coworkers
• Responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment
• Making certain potential hazards are identified and corrected in a timely manner
• Responsible and empowered to make the decisions and take the necessary actions that are required
to fulfill the quality policy
• Responsible for the quality of his/her work
• Conform to G&W’s Environmental Management System (EMS) and comply with applicable regulatory requirements
• Contribute to continual improvement of activities, products and services that will help prevent pollution, reduce waste and protect our environment

HOW TO APPLY: careers@gwelec.com




Pro QC Jr. Technical Supervisor, Pro QC International, McHenry, IL

Pro QC International

Job Title: Junior Technical Supervisor

Location: McHenry, IL 60050

Hours: FT Monday through Friday 9am to 5:30pm

Compensation: Competitive Salary + Health Benefits (Benefits provided after 3 month probation period)

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Communicates to Account Managers about the feasibility of a service according to availability.
  • Estimates man-days to assign for a service job. Provides this information to Account Managers for quotation purposes.
  • Verifies factory measuring / testing capabilities to ensure that product inspection / test can be performed.
  • Ensures that measuring equipment are under valid calibration at the time of inspection.
  • Develops Inspection Checklists.
  • Prepares work for jobs and makes sure that the inspector and/or auditor understands and has all technical documents needed to perform the service.
  • Keeps frequent communication with inspectors on site to make sure of the implementation of inspection at factory side.
  • Reviews inspection reports for accuracy and completeness, and assures that all input data to be viewed by the client is complete, not ambiguous, and meets the clients’ needs to make prompt decisions.
  • Monitors on site quality performance of inspectors and auditors according to defined schedule.
  • Investigates the root cause of quality issues, and implements defined corrective actions.


  • Minimum Bachelors Degree, preferably in Mechanical Engineering or other engineering discipline that is closely related.
  • Technically proficient in Microsoft Office – Desire experience in one or more statistical programs utilized by the company – Experience w/ Photoshop is preferable.
  • Possesses demonstrated experience in some of the following areas such as plastic injection molding, electrical and pneumatic hand tools, Bicycles and exercise equipment, electrical and electronic products and various consumer products.
  • Ability to read blueprints and technical documents related to industries listed above
  • Strong knowledge and practical experience of international standards applied to evaluate product conformity: UL, ISO, CSA, CE, etc.
  • Good command in theory and practice of sampling plans, particularly ANSI Z1.4.
  • Organized, good verbal and written communication skills, proven leadership and ability to work well with others, ability to work independently, systematic problem solver, etc.
  • Flexibility to travel when necessary
  • Contact: jenn@proqc.com Jennifer Stepniowski, MBA, CMQ/OE, ASQ Fellow Regional Director, North America | Pro QC International
  • Cell: +1-813-428-3277 – Office: 1+813-252-4770

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Quality Engineer, Gogo Inc., Broomfield, Colorado


Position at Gogo Business Aviation

The Gogo Business Aviation Manufacturing & Supply Chain Quality Engineer is part of the Quality team working cohesively with multiple cross functional internal departments, including Production, Supply Chain, and Engineering, as well as with external suppliers.  In this hands-on position, you will have a foundation in printed circuit board assembly methods, troubleshooting, and process optimization, as well as practical experience in sheet metal fabrication, and cable harness assembly.  This technical background will enable you to be successful in handling multiple projects from new product development materials quality to sustaining materials quality.  This role supports all supplier management and quality key initiatives and implementation of a focused continual improvement strategy for areas of responsibility.  The role is key in ensuring that outsourced materials and sub-assemblies meet the defined specifications, quality standards, and regulatory requirements.  We are looking for a self-starter that will work well under limited supervision, someone who thrives in a collaborative culture with a diverse group of people, and someone who is passionate about quality!


How will you make a difference?

  • Gathers and translates engineering defined product requirements into manufacturing methods and processes for suppliers.  Assures products produced by suppliers conform to established requirements and standards through appropriate vendor audit, inspection, and test activities.
  • Supports the Gogo Supply Chain Team in evaluating supplier quality process and performance capabilities in alignment with Gogo requirements and compliance to requirements defined in AS9100, ensuring that suppliers have the necessary information and facilities to consistently deliver products meeting design requirements on time to Gogo.  As needed, the candidate will assist with conducting First Article Inspections and/or Conformity Inspections.
  • Resolves manufacturing and quality issues by facilitating interaction between suppliers and various internal departments and identifying and applying solutions from acquired technical expertise as a result of previous work history as a manufacturing and/or process development engineer in printed circuit board assembly, sheet metal fabrication, and/or cable harness assembly.
  • Maintains supplier monthly performance key performance indicators (KPIs); analyzes and reviews trending data; and actively engages suppliers in identification of true root cause(s) and corrective action(s).


  •  Bachelor of Science or higher degree in mechanical and/or electrical engineering.
  • 7 – 10 years’ work experience directly responsible for process, product, or manufacturing quality engineering.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%.  Domestic and international.

Required Skills, Experience and Talents

  • Has basic practical experience with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and methods in mechanical and electronic manufacturing environments.  Must have effective demonstration of hands on experience in engineering design, manufacturing, and process capability analysis, including the ability to effectively evaluate, understand, and communicate impacts due to changes in process, engineering requirements, and supplier limitations.  This includes demonstrated experience with manufacturing methods and practices related to Surface Mount Technology (SMT), related supporting functions in accordance with IPC-A-610, manufacturing methods and practices related to machining, sheet metal fabrication, and special process welding and finishing.
  • Experience working in a company that has implemented and maintains a certified ISO 9001 and / or AS9100 Quality Management System.  Must possess a basic understanding of the standards and be able to apply them on a practical level and be able to identify and interpret effective implementation at each supplier, as applicable.
  • Practical knowledge and ability to interpret geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).  Proficient in interpreting engineering drawings to ANSI Y 14.5.  Proficient with geometry and trigonometry (machine shop math).
  • Ability to work and communicate collaboratively, effectively, and expressively with all cross functional departments to develop a team atmosphere and arrive at a mutually beneficial agreed path forward for all issues.
  • Strong attention to detail, follow through, and task organizational skills with focus to deliver against deadlines.
  • Self-driven and enthusiastic to achieve defined goals and metrics, requiring minimal supervision.
  • Proficient computer skills with office software applications and a proven ability to use basic data analysis tools.
  • Effective teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Professional appearance, team friendly, and approachable, as well as a sense of humor.

Preferred Skills, Experience and Talents

  • American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Engineer certification.
  • AS9100 Certified lead auditor qualification.
  • Experience with NADCAP, Counterfeit Mitigation and Prevention, IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620, industry material specifications, special process specifications.
  • Understands basic metrology tools and inspection methods.  Able to evaluate suitability of supplier implemented inspection plans.
  • Proficient in practical understanding and application of risk analysis techniques including Design Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (DFMEA) and Process Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (PFMEA), and demonstrated practical experience in effectively leading others through structured problem solving exercises.

Apply: http://jobs.jobvite.com/gogo/job/onBh4fw3/apply

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