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General Electric New Introductions Quality Leader in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands

Job Description Summary

This role will be part of LM's Global Quality Leadership team and will oversee the development of systems, rules, and processes to ensure that new technology projects and new products introductions are capable to meet specified internal (Gates) and external (APQP and Customer enforced) standards before released for serial production.

Key responsibility will be to lead a team of Quality Assurance Engineers that plan for complete follow-through of verification and validation aspects according APQP4WIND® *) in all new technology projects. Acting as an ambassador for Quality and APQP4WIND®, influencing, supporting, contributing, mentoring and gate-keeping engineering related projects to assure compliance with development and related processes and APQP4WIND®, as well as an effective implementation of corrective and preventive improvements for reducing warranty cost exposure and cost of poor quality considering the whole project value chain.

*) Advanced Product Quality Planning for Wind

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead and assure APQP4WIND® compliance being an integral part of the new technology introduction related project processes and manuals

  • Develop and assure integration of design for manufacturing, assembly, transport and service processes in the respective project processes and manuals

  • Influence the efficient and thorough application of APQP4WIND® through primarily all Engineering projects acting as subject matter expert and ambassador for APQP4WIND® and Quality within the Engineering community and such raising their quality culture level

  • Develop Quality Assurance and risk management thinking and value creation through knowledge sharing, coaching and mentoring

  • Monitor, prioritize, and implement programs, projects and KPIs to ensure delivery according to plans and commitments

  • Attend and assure quality compliance primarily in Engineering project reviews, e.g. gate reviews, FMEAs etc.

  • Actively participate in the Global Quality team to develop, prioritize, and implement ambitious strategies

  • Collaborate with key functions in LM and GE Renewable Energy functions in relation to projects, support and knowledge sharing with special focus on the Engineering and Industrialization community and domain

  • Perform strategic analyses, drive verification and validation analysis and monitor outcomes

  • Develop lessons learned feedback system to drive continuous improvement of processes, tools and quality management systems primarily in Engineering

  • Drive the management of change system application to ensure effective implementation of changes positively impacting the performance of quality assurance within Engineering projects

  • Lead and conduct process and product audits in relation with Engineering projects

  • Perform Project Quality lead activities supporting Development projects in contributing with quality deliverables to the project success, assuring process and APQP compliance through the project and working functionally with the project manager.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s or Bachler’s degree, preferable in Science or Engineering from an accredited university or college combines with a Lead Auditor certification

  • A minimum 5 years of professional experience in within Quality and Engineering within industrial and manufacturing business environments, with increasing level of responsibility

  • A minimum 5 years of experience working with and leading projects or programs, managing risk and change, and facilitating knowledge sharing and continuous improvement, including product and technology development related projects

  • International exposure working in a matrix organization, with experience leading diverse global teams

Desired Characteristics

  • Strong knowledge of Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001 and APQP4WIND® or similar industrial quality management systems

  • In depth experience in project management preferably with product and technology development

  • General knowledge of and experience in quality areas in wind turbine blade manufacturing or other relevant industrial manufacturing

  • Well organized, self-driven person, able to work and complete tasks independently and on time

  • Strong personality with own criteria and ability to influence multiple levels of leadership within the organization.

  • Able to clearly communicate, convince, motivate and inspire others

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Ability to work in multi-cultural and cross-functional teams.

  • Strong English languages skills (verbal and written) Other regional languages will be considered as a plus.

  • Able to travel within the region and internationally at the level of 15-25% (in average)

  • Background in LEAN Six Sigma or Green/Black Belt certification will be considered a plus

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: No