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Quality Director

Nashua, NH, USA | BAE Systems

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Quality Assurance
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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You don t see it, but it s there. Our employees work on the world s most advanced electronics from saving emissions in the City of Lights to powering the Mars Rover to protecting the F-35 fighter jet. At Electronic Systems, you ll be among the brightest minds, working on the aerospace and defense industry s most difficult problems. Drawing strength from our differences, we re innovating for the future. And you can, too. Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. We put our customers first exemplified by our missions: We Protect Those Who Protect Us and We Innovate For Those Who Move The WorldTM. Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems.


BAE Systems is seeking a Business Area Quality Director. The Business Area Quality Director will provide support to the business area in the areas of quality assurance, continuous improvement and lifecycle management. In this role, you will work closely with senior leadership to provide value-added solutions and support. The successful candidate:


Enjoys working with and coaching quality managers and business leaders to continuously improve execution success across portfolios, programs and projects


Has the ability to influence in a dynamic environment and respond to changing customer and market demands


Posses strong communication and presentation skills to facilitate effective communication at all levels of the organization and across multiple cultures as well as into the customer or partner community


Needs to be a hands-on leader willing to take responsibility for resolving technical challenges, ensuring successful tactical execution, as well as creating and implementing the strategic vision


Has an agile leadership style and able to adjust one s approach to fit the situation as a driver, coach, mentor, or teacher


A visible leader who takes a collaborative approach with others and comes across as approachable


Relates well with individuals at all levels of the organization, builds appropriate rapport, constructive and effective relationships


Can diffuse even high-tension situations effectively


Key responsibilities include:


Provide direction, supervision, and guidance to ensure alignment with quality policy, strategic objectives and organization goals that drive to Zero Defect plans and Strategy


Collaborate with senior leadership for planning, execution, and management of process improvements, projects, and other initiatives


Develops a quality assurance staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training/developing team


Manage compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and minimize risk to employees and liability to the business


Develop and implement program quality plans and procedures


Ensure performance and quality products conform to established company and regulatory standards


Review, analyze and report on quality discrepancies and data related to production


Lead integrated senior management teams to determine strategy and tactical deployment, improve performance, lower costs, and generate innovative solutions


Investigate problems and develop disposition and corrective actions for recurring discrepancies


Interface with stakeholders to ensure requirements are met


Recommends corrective actions, dispositions, process optimization and modifications


Collaborate with cross functional teams


Organizational skills can marshal resources to get things done, orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal, use resources effectively and efficiently, and arrange information in a useful manner


Exhibits a high degree of technical credibility and communicates highly technical information in a simplistic and easily understandable way


Typical Education & Experience


Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experience


Required Skills and Education


BS in Mechanical or Electrical Degree required, prefer MS and/or MBA


LSS Green Belt, prefer Black Belt certification from ASQ.


12 years of relevant work experience in Engineering and Quality, preferably with 5 years experience as a QA Director


10 Years of project, program and portfolio Quality Leadership and management experience in automotive or aerospace, commercial and defense hardware and software technology risk management


Demonstrated mastery of the functional domain in Quality Science, strategy, standards and controls. Quality 4.0 implementation experience preferred


Strong written, analytical and verbal communication skills


AS9145 APQP/PPAP, prefer CQM/OE certification from ASQ.


Collaboration skills, Product management skills


5 years of experience with Best in Class Manufacturing Principles, techniques, and Zero Defect tools and processes


Capable of influencing a wide range of audience, and having demonstrated leadership skills to win support without direct reporting structure


Formulate strategic vision, define implementation plan of action to achieve success


Track record of building teams and turning program salient from Red to Green


Preferred Skills and Education


Proficient in leveraging quality science tools, processes and people


Active Secret or higher clearance


Approachable hands-on style with the ability to engage with people at all levels of management. Customer experience and Quality Excellence


Experience in leading large cross functional teams of 150 associates


Demonstrated track record of recruiting, retaining and promoting talent (executive and managers) and creating high performing teams


Must be able to demonstrate accomplishments in setting strategic direction, prioritizing tasks, and overcoming obstacles


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