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Quality Engineer IV - St. Louis, MO

Date: Sep 9, 2021

Location: St Louis, MO, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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

This position will provide day-to-day focus and leadership on the proper execution of actions necessary for the first time quality of products and services. This level provides technical expertise and administrative leadership to ensure that performance and quality of GKN products/processes conform to established company, international and governmental regulatory standards, agency guidelines, and customer requirements by implementing and maintaining quality assurance policies, processes, procedures and controls.

Job Responsibilities

Product Quality

  • Ensure Quality Plans are current and being executed for the programs assigned. Supporting documentation such as Inspection Points, Statistical Process Control Plans, etc. are in place and being used to measure and monitor key process/product characteristics and interfaces
  • Determine when process stability and capability studies should be performed on existing processes. Review and analyze results. Recommend changes to processes based upon findings and perform follow up to verify effectiveness
  • Ensure issues affecting product quality have effective corrective actions/micro plans in place that will result in resolution or risk mitigation plans are in place that will minimize product quality impact
  • Monitor fidelity of associated inspection procedures to customer requirements and program specific quality plans
  • Ensure plans/processes are in place and executed to minimize or eliminate product escapes
  • Ensure corrective actions have data and data analysis to effectively identify root cause, containment, interim and long term corrective action planning and decisions, as well as quantifiable verification and monitoring exit criteria
  • Analyze and provide material review dispositions for non-conforming materials, parts, and equipment
  • Provide engineering support to operations ensuring consistent application of quality techniques
    • Resolve quality issues of capability, tolerance, and materials related issues. Resolve quality issues by identifying problems, examining solution options, implementing action plans, and providing resources
    • Effectively communicate and reinforce commitment to quality improvement efforts
    • Participate in the development of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Program Quality

  • Serve as point of contact with the Quality Manager for program progress and monitoring.  Support efforts to ensure overall customer satisfaction relative to current project or product and prospective follow-on business
  • Participate in the creation of operational/program plans and/or procedures and coordinate with customer and supplier representatives to ensure satisfactory quality system performance
  • Participate in the administration of program and project activities and processes
  • Identify necessary quality resources to achieve organizational goals and objectives
  • Perform and lead specialized quality functions as contract evaluation and planning; data preparation, analyzes and reporting; development of quality tools, techniques and methods; process improvements; maintenance of accountability and configuration of deliverable products and records; special investigations and audits: material review support; preventive and corrective actions; customer interface, liaison and support; product delivery; and audit of manufacturing and test data for quality system requirements

Quality and Mission Success

  • Resolve issues at department/program level
  • Test and recommend products, processes, and software, equipment and measurement systems 
  • Provide technical expertise to company employees, suppliers, customers and regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with contractual, company, and regulatory requirements
  • Facilitate problem solving activities and events
  • Provide education and coaching on the company’s quality system to program and process team mates
  • Make recommendations that affect quality, products, processes and costs
  • Act as FOD Coordinator as applicable to site/area

Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for effective performance
Perform other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical discipline, in lieu of degree will consider 10+ years of quality experience related to aerospace and defense industries.
  • 10 years of quality engineering experience for manufacturing
  • 7 years of experience working in an ISO 9000 or AS9100 manufacturing environment.
  • Must have an Active DOD Secret clearance or the ability to obtain.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aerospace and Defense manufacturing
  • Aerostructures (metallics and/or composites) experience.
  • AS9102 and/or AS9145 knowledge 
  • ASQ Quality Engineer Certification 
  • ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
  • Qualified in SPC, FMEA, DFM, RCCA and lean manufacturing 
  • Excellent written, verbal collaboration skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Software, including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.


Physical Demands

  • Frequently required to spend long hours sitting at a work stations and using office equipment
  • Frequently required to spend long hours walking and standing on the production floor
  • May be required to walk or stand for brief periods
  • May be required to use stairs when elevator is not available
  • Must occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move up to 25 pounds of office supplies and materials 
  • May be required to reach with arms and hands and to stoop, kneel or crouch



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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