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Sr Quality Director

Nashua, NH, USA | BAE Systems

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • 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.


The Successful Candidate


BAE Systems is seeking an Operations Excellence Quality Director. The Quality Director will be provide support to the business in the areas of quality assurance, continuous improvement and Quality 4.0 deployment. In this role, you will work customer and factory strategic problems. Improve our Quality Culture using industry leading tools, process and technologies to enhance operating model within the Sector. Work with internal, external and regulatory agencies to drive efficiency and effectiveness of our Quality performance.


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 by evolving Sector Quality Management System.

Exhibit strong risk mitigation skills by facilitating 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

Develop, implement Quality Science tools, process and strategies to move Quality organization best in class industry standards.

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

Develop and implement program quality plans, procedures and management operating system (MOS)

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


Required Skills and Education

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

Minimum LSS Green Belt required, 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, Data Analytics, and Proficient in leveraging data science and Root Cause Corrective Actions implementation.

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

Certified Quality Engineer or Auditor from ASQ

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

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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