The Quality Manager works as part of the plant’s operations team and provides leadership for quality functions and initiatives in a fast paced welding consumables facility. The successful candidate will be a team player who functions well in a highly matrixed, fast paced business environment, working closely with operations, purchasing, product management and sales groups to provide support and development of effective quality assurance programs.
This person will also work in the longer-range development of process improvements, cost reduction efforts, capability upgrades and facilitate lean manufacturing implementation in support of a customer base that demands high performance and zero defects.
Adhere to all safe work practices and/or safety policies
Lead the efforts of the Quality team toward the achievement and adherence to quality management systems such as ISO, QS, etc. following Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost models.
Communicate directly with leadership, support personnel, and hourly employees regarding QA Methodologies and the importance of a high quality work culture in meeting the expectations of a demanding customer base.
Directs, and serves as leader for, customer and certifying agency audits of the plant in an ISO/Military/ASME/NQA plant environment. Organizes, communicates and monitors corrective action plans resulting from audits
Develops and analyzes statistical data and product specifications to determine present standards and establish proposed quality and reliability expectancy of finished product
Establishes inspection and quality expectations for internal customers (i.e., production departments, purchasing, etc.). Trains plant personnel in same.
Performs statistical analysis/capability analysis using Six Sigma, DMAIC problem solving, 8D problem solving or other similar methodologies.
Utilizes LEAN Manufacturing and other continuous improvement processes to drive effectiveness.
Formulates and maintains quality objectives complementary to corporate policies and goals.
Oversee the coordination of objectives with production procedures in cooperation with Operational leaders to maximize product reliability and minimize costs.
Manages site quality organization so that site quality objectives are met.
Directs workers engaged in inspection and testing activities to ensure continuous control over materials, facilities, and products.
Works with vendors to insure quality of all purchased parts for company use. Drive continual improvement in Supply Chain through both direct actions as well as by leveraging corporate resources.
Designs and implements quality assurance and quality control training programs to key personnel in conjunction with managers.
Contributes to annual budgetary process and is responsible for Quality Dept. budgetary compliance.
Plays active role on quality management teams within both the Hanover site as well as the overall corporate organization.
BS Engineering discipline or other technical degree required
8-10 years experience within a manufacturing setting with direct supervisory experience
Travel – Negligible to 10%
Exceptional and Demonstrated Problem Solving Skills
Quality Planning/Test Planning
Experience working with external customer quality issues
Superior personal computer skills including Minitab, MS Office Suite, Strategic Planning software, Project Management software systems.
ASME/Mil Spec Experience
Six Sigma/Lean Certification
ASQ Certifications: CMQ/CMBB/CQA/CQE
Familiarity with AWS, CWB and other welding standards and agencies.
Experience in NQA-1, ASME Section 3
Preferred metals industry, metallurgical or welding experience
About ESAB Cutting & Welding Products
ESAB is a world leader in the production of welding and cutting equipment and consumables. Our innovative, world-renowned equipment and solutions are developed with input from our customers and built with the expertise and heritage of a global manufacturing leader.The ESAB brand is synonymous with world leading expertise in the following key areas: Manual welding and cutting equipment Welding consumables Welding automation Mechanized cutting systemsFor each discipline, continuous development of methods, materials and know-how is being directed to meet the challenges posed by the diversity of industry sectors we serve. ESAB is organized to deliver efficient, high-productivity solutions to meet customer requirements in a manner that exceeds their expectations no matter the market segment.