The Director- Quality Assurance works under the general direction of the Vice President/General Manager and is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the end to end Quality Management processes. This is a working role. Responsibilities include a robust adherence to all OEM and company certifications (Nadcap, AS9100-D, FAA) at AVMRO facilities as well as the Suppliers. In addition, he or she is responsible to uphold all Quality standards on internal manufacturing and business processes. This individual will be part of a high performing leadership team and must have demonstrated experience leading change and improvements. As a senior leader for the Quality function this person will also provide guidance to other Aerosystems businesses as deemed necessary.
Directs all Quality Assurance policies, programs, KPI’s and employees to enable the company to achieve superior product quality and optimum customer satisfaction. Define and recommend Quality objectives consistent with the company’s strategic plan, develop short term and long range plans to achieve goals while staying within staffing and budgetary guidelines.
Effectively communicate with subordinates, executive management, other functional leaders, auditing agencies and customer representatives. Work with cross-functional leadership such as manufacturing, engineering, contracts, facilities, procurement and HR to ensure optimum support and coordination of Quality goals.
He or she will hire, appraise, discipline and terminate employees within area of own cognizance in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and company policy. In addition, he or she will direct and coach subordinates in expectations and plans to attain goals. Administer cross-training to ensure no single point failures.
Via data and astute observations, anticipate Quality challenges and provide leadership and problem resolution tools to facilitate rapid resolution. In addition implement mechanisms or KPI’s to check corrected process to eliminate the probability of reoccurrence.
Must have at least 10- 15 years of progressive experience in quality assurance preferably in the Aerospace industry.
Extensive experience in aerospace standards (AS9100 Rev D, Nadcap, FAA)
Must be an expert with FAA regulations and will frequently interact with FAA MIDO and FAA FSDO representatives.
Experience with 14 CFR Part 145 and 14 CFR Part 21 certifications.
Must have experience with quality system audits
Experience working as a DAR is a plus
Must have strong project and program management skills; able to bring projects to close on time and under budget.
Requires strong oral and written communication skills.
Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business discipline required. A master’s degree is strongly preferred.
Must be able to travel as required.
Must be able to directly supervise at least 3 people and up to of 25 indirect employees.
Must be able to work with 3rd party resources to carry out Kaman Quality objectives off-site or at suppliers.
Must have working knowledge of and adhere to ITAR/EAR certifications requirements
Working knowledge of lean Manufacturing techniques
Ability to work within an environment where changes happen frequently for which solutions and plans must be developed communicated and executed flawlessly.
All positions at Kaman Aerospace Group require access to information, or technology that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other US government security regulations. These laws do not permit access rights to non-US citizens, or to other unauthorized individuals. Therefore, presently, all applicants must be US Citizens, or US Permanent Residents (“green card holders”), and/or otherwise comply with ITAR requirements for access rights, to be considered for a position.
Kaman Aerospace is an EO Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class.
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About Kaman Air Vehicles & MRO
Kaman Aerosystems provides a streamlined, single accountability solution for the design and manufacture of critical components, structures and systems for the global aerospace industry.
Our in-house, design-to-delivery capabilities, integrated through concurrent engineering, ensure a faster, more cost effective process and a higher quality final assembly.
Our process improves program speed, value and quality by:
•Eliminating downtime caused by material transport between locations
•Closing knowledge gaps caused by poor subcontractor communication
•Removing accountability disagreements caused by the lack of a single point of contact
•Allowing real time corrections through integration of design, engineering and manufacturing
•Reducing overall program cost by keeping all processes under one roof