GE Appliances, a Haier company Advanced Quality Engineer – Refrigeration in Louisville, Kentucky
USA, Louisville, KY
Job Posting Title
Advanced Quality Engineer – Refrigeration
The Advanced Quality Engineer owns the quality initiatives on a new part, or NPI product design to set the factory up for sustainable long-term ownership and success. Manages complex problems utilizing APQP processes that requires a high level of independent problem solving and self-direction. Independently manages entire projects for a work area and executes/implements quality systems primarily on a NPI. Very data driven and makes decisions based on the data.
What you will Do
The AQE role has minimal involvement with the issues affecting current production but does require an extremely strong understanding of the people and how the current processes work. The role of the AQE is to work with a cross functional team to implement a new part, product, or process that is new, with a ‘turn key’ sustainable quality process at product launch for the factory to agree to and take ownership of executing.
This role will have 90% of the work in 2020 dedicated to supporting the DPO refrigeration site located in Decatur, AL with the remaining 10% of the role supporting AP5 (building 5).
The initial expectation is for this role to be based in Louisville, KY (GEA headquarters where the design team is also based) in building 5 with 60% travel to Decatur and 4hr drive each way.
There is an opportunity for this role to be temporarily based in Decatur, AL but comes with the expectation that 2021 it may have to be based out of and dedicated to supporting Louisville, KY.
Lead APQP including responsible for the PPAP of in-house equipment and parts primarily associated with a NPI without significant direction.
Balance the communication between product design and manufacturing to ensure all issues get addressed with minimal surprises to achieve world class manufacturing goals.
Responsible for the NPI iP checklists and completing/reporting out on Advanced Quality Engineering (AQE) responsible items prior to the reviews.
AQE support for total cost take out and run the plant projects. Collaborate with CIB chair for quality improvement and project execution.
Drive COQ improvements: scrap, factory yield, concessions, damage and service calls.
Work cross-functionally with Design, Quality, Manufacturing, LEAN, marketing, EHS, service, etc. teams
Develop and implement quality test plans for the factory to execute ensuring sustained control of Critical to Quality and Critical Process features.
Project-manage the scoping, definition and implementation of quality improvement for strategic and operational programs.
Provide technical leadership & in-depth expertise to investigate, initiate and drive the development, procurement and implementation of equipment & processes for manufacturing.
Own the APQP process to plan, specify, procure, certify and implement into production high quality, cost effective, right-sized manufacturing processes including: fixtures, line side gauging, go/no-go, measurement plans, and equipment.
Must work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment with both salaried and hourly personnel to meet the needs of the operators, the program, and the business.
Interfacing with team leaders to develop job instruction and define what is critical. Define the jobs through standard work and job instructions.
Ensure all process involvement meets or exceeds ISO, UL, and GEA standards
Understand GEA technical drawings, both MBD/GD&T and linear dimensions, and ensure the quality plans established meet the drawing specifications.
Develop and implement all technical documentation or modifications for the new items they introduce including the quality control plan required for an ISO certified plant (MCP’s, MCI’s, FRM’s, etc.)
Lead cross-functional team PFMEA’s to understand the risks of new part/product/process changes and ensure they are mitigated accordingly by product launch
What you need to Succeed
Leadership and effective communication experience in the definition, design, implementation and troubleshooting of manufacturing processes.
Experience with manufacturing equipment and processes.
Excellent project tracking and detailed planning skills required.
Self-starter and influencer – metric driven and willing to work with cross-functional teams and hourly workforce.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering
Experience in manufacturing plant environment.
Computer literate and highly skilled in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and others.
Influencer and team player – drive quality metrics but willing to look at the bigger picture.
Good communicator – data driven, makes decisions based on the data
Experience interpreting data to solve manufacturing problems.
Already familiar with DPO, how it works, who to go to, the struggles, and the strengths
Experienced using, programming, and interpreting CMM/3D scanning/metrology systems.
Significant experience in implementing Lean process improvements in high volume manufacturing operations.
Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification proficient with Minitab
Experience in metrology / measurement systems.
Proficient with understanding both coordinate and geometric GD&T drawings
GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.