Quality Assurance Engineer

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.

 

Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.


Location: Madison, AL, USA  

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY

 

This position is located in Madison, AL.

 

A Quality Engineer (QE) is an in-depth customer contact that liaises between the customer, internal quality, and manufacturing groups. The QE coordinates and oversees quality, design, and manufacturing concerns for the TPNO branch office, supports AQP/Launch Readiness support, provides leadership to other team member/disciplines, and offers the necessary support to protect the customer from any concerns with TPNO-supplied products.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Build and maintain close customer and manufacturing relationships.
  • Act as the window to the customer for information from YNA-affiliated manufacturing, design, and quality groups.
  • Assess and validate quality, manufacturing process, design, and other customer concerns at the customer, including:
    • Present to the customer complex defects and countermeasures as well as negotiate their solutions
    • Provide change recommendations
    • Process Change Requests (PCR) and Quality Tuning Requests (QTR) activities including change validation
    • Problem-solving and coordinating engineering change and their impact to the plant floor level assessing and validating the actual and potential design / quality solutions vs. observed concerns
    • Support Part Approval and related first piece sign off
  • Provide on-site customer support for investigations and other quality or design-related events.
  • Implement containment and rework actions at the customer, distribution center and Yazaki manufacturing plants facilitating an effective clean point.
  • Coordinate and supervise any 3rd party sort/rework.
  • Answer official and unofficial customer claims thoroughly, accurately, in a timely and technically correct manner to achieve customer approvals.
  • Manage the tracking, analysis and reporting of customer quality claim information.
  • Verify corrective action effectiveness.
  • Facilitate customer visits for Yazaki manufacturing, design, and quality groups.
  • Liaise with Manufacturing, communicating customer Quality Manual requirements and coordinating corrective action activities/responses.
  • Analyze trends in factory defects focusing on manufacturing improvement areas.
  • Conduct wiring system function and vehicle interface analysis.
  • Participate in program launch preparation, including:
    • Schedule and attend manufacturing program launch reviews.
    • Coordinate with Manufacturing to provide customer support.
  • Support Program Management in the execution and monitoring of key program milestone events (YPMS), including:
    • Develop a Control Plan, FMEA (Process / Design), and Past Problem History Analysis with the customer and Manufacturing.
    • Reviews the inspection standard to ensure smooth trial events and safe launch activity.
    • Conduct manufacturing / supplier readiness reviews using the appropriate Yazaki or customer assessment tool.
    • Supports team members at build events:  assembling / recording quality issues, assigning responsibilities, validating closure of defect concern.
  • Incorporate lessons learned into advanced program team activities.
  • Perform quality audits that support Key Strategies in manufacturing and distribution.
  • Complete and submit Quality Authorized Rework (AR) packages to instigate rework.
  • Initiate root cause analysis for identified quality issues using Global Quality Reporting System (GQRS) then direct the corrective action activities with Yazaki manufacturing and distribution facilities.
  • Maintain issue documentation through GQRS, QE Report, CS/AR and sorting logs.
  • Keep a working knowledge of customer carlines, Yazaki-supplied parts, and manufacturing/quality processes.
  • Identify critical product features, communicating to Manufacturing the key critical items and what activity to implement to prevent defects.
  • Implement and support continuous improvement activities.
  • Participate in Key Strategies meeting and report launch updates, issue status, trial run impacts and other pertinent details.
  • Support long-range and short-term group forecasts, goals, objectives, and priorities.
  • Support other projects, tasks, and/or duties as assigned.

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

Degree Requirements:

Associate degree in Engineering or related field or equivalent experience preferred

 

Certification Requirements:

ASQ CQE, CQM certification in lieu of Associate degree

 

Previous Experience:

Two to four years’ experience in automotive engineering, or related field

 
   

Wire Harness manufacturing experience with the ability to read blueprints, problem solving experience, Control Plan, FMEA and high-level quality auditing experience preferred

   

Travel Requirements:

Both domestic and international travel required branches, customer, and manufacturing sites

   

Language:

N/A

   

Software:

Microsoft Suite

   

On Call Requirements:

Yes, during customer production hours including overtime and weekend hours.  Occasionally able to work a different shift to support launch or customer events

   

Physical Requirements:

Able to lift to 45 pounds, sort / inspect parts, stand 8+ hours in assembly plant environment

   

 (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions)

 

 

Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.