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Quality Manager, Site - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

The Quality Manager is responsible for the functional management of quality engineering and inspection teams. The Quality Manager directly oversees a team of Quality Engineers and Quality Inspectors and reports directly to the Quality Director.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure quality and inspection processes are adequate and appropriate to ensure delivered product quality; both internally between departments, and externally to customers
  • Analyze customer and regulatory requirements (e.g. engineering data, specifications, test plans, FAR, AS9100,etc.) to ensure quality and inspection processes are compliant
  • Work with leadership team to establish key business processes, document them effectively, and ensure that inputs and outputs are measured appropriately
  • Support customer and 3rd party QMS audits
  • Verify QMS compliance throughout the organization
  • Drive continuous improvement in internal and external Quality measures and metrics
  • Support implementation and effectiveness of Quality Systems including:
    • Corrective Action System/Corrective Action Board
    • Internal & External Audit
    • Calibration
  • Document requirements using structured problem solving tools (e.g. requirements matrix) to support problem resolution
  • Promote a continuous improvement culture
  • Develop and foster strong internal relationships throughout the organization to identify and resolve quality issues
  • Identify and implement quality improvements to reduce product defects and/or improve process efficiency
  • Identify non-conformance causes and implement robust corrective actions
  • Coordinate several process improvement, cost reduction and/or defect reduction projects. This includes using Lean Manufacturing techniques as well as Process Validation, Root Cause Analysis and Six Sigma Problem Solving skills.
  • Direct management of Quality Engineers, overseeing daily activities and establishing/measuring long term goals and objectives
  • Functional management of unionized Quality Inspectors. Inspectors are enrolled to the Quality Manager, but are assigned to operations for daily tasks and work scheduling.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Systems Engineering or similar required.
  • 5+ years of quality experience in a manufacturing environment, including 2+ years of quality management/supervisory/leadership experience as well as some aerospace industry experience required.
  • Must be U.S. Person in compliance with U.S. ITAR regulations.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of AS9100, Rev D and FAA requirements highly preferred
  • Structured problem solving tools (PFMEA, DOE, 5-why, etc.).
  • Internal audit training/experience and statistical analysis experience highly preferred.
  • Experience with micrographic and/or chemical analysis of defects in acrylics or polymers.
  • Proficient with product analysis in a model based definition (CATIA V5, UGNX, etc.) environment.
  • Technical problem solving for processing anomalies or optical defects in acrylic and/or glass laminated assemblies.
  • Experience in Six Sigma principles.
  • Skills with Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint); advanced skills with Excel, plus Minitab and Visual Basic preferred.
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to organize and implement multiple concurrent tasks.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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