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General Electric Process Leader APQP & Validation in Kolding, Denmark

Job Description Summary

The purpose of this role is to contribute reducing the warranty provisions and service call rates by focusing on the front end of projects and strengthening project focus to reduce the number and severity of defects reaching customers. Primarily in Engineering with projects developing and building new products, technologies, materials and features.

Key responsibilities are the assurance of a complete follow-through of verification and validation aspects according APQP4WIND® *) in all projects which affect warranty cost exposure. Acting as an ambassador for quality and APQP4WIND®, influencing, supporting, contributing and gate keeping Engineering related projects to assure compliance with development 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

General Roles and Responsibilities

  • Business Process Management Systems (e.g. Quality Management Systems, Integrated Management Systems). Work to develop, implement, and monitor overall process mapping for quality improvement purposes. Standardization of processes, tools and performance management system.

  • Developing specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise in own job discipline or field. Serves as best practice/quality resource. Has awareness of latest functional developments in own area. Contributes towards strategy and policy development, and ensures delivery within area of responsibility.

  • Skilled influencer, able to communicate complex messages to others. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May lead small projects with moderate risks and resource requirements. Explains difficult or sensitive information; works to build consensus. Developing persuasion skills required to influence others on topics within field.

  • Impacts approaches, projects and programs in the functional area or affected business organization and ways of working. Impacts quality, efficiency and effectiveness of own team. These jobs have significant input into their priorities. Jobs at this level tend to be covered by professional practices and policies but these are shaped by the role. Working within broad guidelines and policies, roles at this level have moderate autonomy, requiring high levels of evaluative judgment.

  • Uses judgment to make decisions or solve moderately complex tasks or problems that impact the function. Takes new perspective on existing solutions. Uses technical experience and expertise for data analysis to support recommendations. Uses multiple internal and limited external sources outside of own function to arrive at decisions.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead and assure APQP4WIND® compliance being an integral part of the Engineering 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 and coaching

  • Establish a quality improvement communication strategy and lead its implementation in the Engineering community and organization to obtain a wide buy-in to APQP4WIND® and Quality in Engineering projects

  • 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 Assurance team to develop, prioritize, and implement ambitious strategies

  • Collaborative 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.

Required Qualifications

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

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience in relevant fields, preferably within Quality and Engineering within industrial and manufacturing business environments

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience working with and leading projects or programs, managing risk and change, and facilitating knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

  • International experience working in a global matrix organization

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

  • 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 is a plus

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: No