Kongsberg Automotive Project Quality Engineer (PQE) in Novi, Michigan

  1. Superior: Project Quality Director Segment
  2. Location: Close to relevant Customer Focus Teams

The role of a Project Quality Engineer is to ensure a safe and smooth launch of a project to maintain customer satisfaction. The project quality engineer takes care that the activities within a project are carried out in accordance with the KBD process and all relevant KA processes and procedures. The project quality engineer supports the project teams in the relevant activities and supports an appropriate documentation. With regular audits, the execution of the projects shall be reviewed in line with our KBD process.

  1. 2. *Main Objectives*
  2. Ensure flawless launches to achieve customer satisfaction during project phase for all quality topics
  3. Execute and ensure customer APQP in accordance to the KA KBD and /or PIP process or customer specific requirements
  4. Guarantee product and support process quality according customer requirements before “Start of Production”
  5. Identify opportunities and initiate quality improvements within KBD and /or PIP
  6. Conduct project audits to ensure execution of the projects is in line with KBD, Customer Specific Requirements and KA processes and procedures
  7. Ensure the RVS and CSR reviews are conducted with a cross functional team to ensure all known requirements are fully understood prior to quotation being agreed and submitted to customer.

Performance measures / KPIs:

  • Customer PPAP approval
  • Launch Cost
  • Number of Customer Claims till SOP+90 Days
  1. 3. *Area of Responsibility*
  2. Serve as the interface with the customer regarding quality during project phase including Customer APQP / PPAP liaison for KBD and PIP
  3. Finalize quality tasks in the project phase due to customer time schedule
  4. Identification of improvement opportunities in KBD, PIP plus PPM & PLM processes
  5. Escalate deviations and findings to appropriate level of management
  6. Support the plant quality engineer as needed

  7. 4. *Personal Tasks*

  8. Represent first escalation level for customer
  9. Understand internal and external customer satisfaction status
  10. Evaluate risks (cost, quality, capacity, technical and timing) in projects through internal project audits (Audit project management, audit product & process development, 3SPV) and start and follow-up action plans to avoid any customer dissatisfaction / escalation
  11. Close cooperation with Supplier Quality Development and Launch Teams to assure the APQP deployment throughout the entire Supply Chain
  12. Build effective working relationships with all relevant customer representatives to clarify and discuss APQP, timing, CSR’s and any quality related question / issue / concern
  13. Start and follow-up action plans to improve projects
  14. Establish the Project Quality Plan PQP (for SDP projects) and execute the PQP accordingly
  15. Support all Quality tasks in the project team according KBD, APQP and QAP’s and assure that all key milestones are being followed and executed on time with the required outputs
  16. Coordinate the review of CSRs, Customer Interests and RASICs with a cross functional approach in the project teams throughout the complete launch phase.
  17. Lead and ensure customers APQP, align, support and track QAP’s in the project.
  18. Liaise with customer on APQP and PPAP to support project team with concern resolution
  19. Support plant QA in PPAP / PSW submissions to customers including customer PSW approval
  20. Lead and contribute to system and Design FMEA’s with customers
  21. Initiate and moderate Reverse FMEA reviews in the plants with a cross functional team
  22. Support and conduct process approval and R@R (MPT) with the manufacturing plant prior to customer SOP when necessary
  23. Contribute to drawing reviews, design and process FMEA as the voice of the customer
  24. Ensure lesson learned activities within the KBD and /or PIP process
  25. Measure projects management deliverables in respect to quality assurance aspects according KBD and support project teams with concern resolution
  26. Identify opportunities for Customer Focus Team improvements in the scope of work
  27. Compile process maps and flow charts as required to support improvement activities
  28. Training of quality tools and methods from KBD and /or PIP process in the project team.

  29. 5. *Main Challenges*

  30. Building effective working relationships with all relevant customer representatives
  31. Building effective working relationships with all relevant internal in the Customer Focus Team
  32. Building effective working relationships with the manufacturing plant launch teams
  33. Ensure all documents fully prepared and smooth launches
  34. Ensure the quality knowledge and skills in the project team.
  35. Working autonomously, prioritizing activities and managing functional teams & conflicting priorities

  36. 6. *Important External Contacts*

  37. Customers: Quality, Engineering, Production, Purchasing and Logistics representatives
  38. Third Parties: National and European standards, testing and approval organizations; Containment organizations

  39. 7. *Competence profile (ideal)*

Educational Qualification:

  • Master's degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Business and finance basics

Industry and Functional Experience:

  • Required – Minimum 5 years experience in quality, combining development and production automotive, not less than a T1 level
  • Knowledge of the automotive industry
  • Additionally, preferred – Six Sigma, Lead Auditor

Language Skill:

  • Fully fluent in English + language of the relevant CFT

Demonstrable Experience:

  • Result and teamwork orientation
  • Experience and success managing a functional network
  • International quality standards awareness, understanding and application
  • Interpretation of technical drawings and specifications
  • Effective customer relationship building
  • KBD, PIP, Change control
  • All APQP and PPAP activities
  • Concession control
  • 8D, Root cause analysis, DOE, SPC, FMEA,
  • Project management, Time management
  • Data management and reporting
  • Working autonomously and managing conflicting priorities

Attributes / Skills:

  • Assertive, Receptive, Accommodating
  • Logical, analytical
  • Planning, Organizational, Presentation skills
  • Proactive, Responsive, Autonomous, Team working, Facilitating
  • Soft skills: Negotiation & conflict management

IT knowledges:

  • Required – MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), MS Project, e-mail, Internet

The role of a Project Quality Engineer is to ensure a safe and smooth launch of a project to maintain customer satisfaction. The project quality engineer takes care that the activities within a project are carried out in accordance with the KBD process and all relevant KA processes and procedures. The project quality engineer supports the project teams in the relevant activities and supports an appropriate documentation. With regular audits, the execution of the projects shall be reviewed in line with our KBD process.

* *Main Objectives

  • Ensure flawless launches to achieve customer satisfaction during project phase for all quality topics
  • Execute and ensure customer APQP in accordance to the KA KBD and /or PIP process or customer specific requirements
  • Guarantee product and support process quality according customer requirements before “Start of Production”
  • Identify opportunities and initiate quality improvements within KBD and /or PIP
  • Conduct project audits to ensure execution of the projects is in line with KBD, Customer Specific Requirements and KA processes and procedures
  • Ensure the RVS and CSR reviews are conducted with a cross functional team to ensure all known requirements are fully understood prior to quotation being agreed and submitted to customer.

Performance measures / KPIs:

  • Customer PPAP approval
  • Launch Cost
  • Number of Customer Claims till SOP+90 Days

* *Area of Responsibility

  • Serve as the interface with the customer regarding quality during project phase including Customer APQP / PPAP liaison for KBD and PIP
  • Finalize quality tasks in the project phase due to customer time schedule
  • Identification of improvement opportunities in KBD, PIP plus PPM & PLM processes
  • Escalate deviations and findings to appropriate level of management
  • Support the plant quality engineer as needed

* *Competence profile (ideal)

Educational Qualification:

  • Master's degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Business and finance basics

Industry and Functional Experience:

  • Required – Minimum 5 years experience in quality, combining development and production automotive, not less than a T1 level
  • Knowledge of the automotive industry
  • Additionally, preferred – Six Sigma, Lead Auditor

Language Skill:

  • Fully fluent in English + language of the relevant CFT

Demonstrable Experience:

  • Result and teamwork orientation
  • Experience and success managing a functional network
  • International quality standards awareness, understanding and application
  • Interpretation of technical drawings and specifications
  • Effective customer relationship building
  • KBD, PIP, Change control
  • All APQP and PPAP activities
  • Concession control
  • 8D, Root cause analysis, DOE, SPC, FMEA,
  • Project management, Time management
  • Data management and reporting
  • Working autonomously and managing conflicting priorities

IT knowledges:

  • Required – MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), MS Project, e-mail, Internet

Region: Michigan

Application deadline: 31/07/2018

Expected Start Date: ASAP

Location: Novi, MI