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Procurement Quality Assurance Engineer (Auditor) II

Company: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: June 10, 2018

Job Description:

OverviewThe Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based in Pasadena, CA is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. We have an unmatched history creating groundbreaking advances in science and technology, and we've been in the space exploration business since the beginning. JPL builds rovers for Mars, landers for Europa, and spacecraft to study our changing Earth. How would you like to be part of a team that wants to make a difference within the universe?

The Quality Assurance Office provides confidence that hardware and software products work in the extreme conditions of space by providing independent verification that the critical requirements are implemented correctly during fabrication, integration, test and launch. The group is team based, improvement oriented and believes that work can be fun.ResponsibilitiesAre you passionate about evaluating potential approaches and solutions to new and unusual problems? How would you like to be a member of JPL's Quality Assurance Office at JPL? We are seeking a Procurement Quality Assurance Engineer to work with suppliers of (but not limited to): electrical, electronic parts, mechanical, electromechanical parts/assemblies, raw materials/metals, special processes, etc. and will be responsible for performing onsite supplier quality audits/assessments and product/process audits/assessments at numerous JPL suppliers of space flight hardware.

Additionally, this role will be responsible for the following:

  • Reviewing requirements which include: drawings, technical standards and specifications and then auditing suppliers to ensure compliance is met, to document gaps in a clear and concise manner and to review proposed corrective actions.

  • Interacting regularly with a team of engineers, subject matter experts and quality personnel.

  • Facilitating detailed preparations with the team prior to the audit, interfacing with the supplier, facilitating the onsite audit, and gathering all required post-audit reports to be published onto the JPL Approved Supplier List (ASL) website.

  • Supporting the JPL Supplier Quality And Reporting Effort (SQuARE), supporting supplier issue investigation efforts and associated reporting.

  • May be expected to travel up to 35-40% (with the majority of the travel consisting of day trips local to the Southern California area).

    Note: As a temporary position, this assignment may last up to 36 months in duration with approvals based on 12 month assignments. However, please note that you are not under any employment contract and your temporary employment status can be terminated at any time, with or without notice.Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Materials or Industrial Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year related experience.

    • Demonstrated experience in Quality Assurance and/or Supplier Quality Assurance in a highly regulated industry (i.e. aerospace industry), along with experience in one or more of the following areas: Quality Engineering, Configuration Management, Supply Chain Engineering, Supplier Management, Inspection techniques (non-destructive, mechanical), Manufacturing Processes, Special Processes, Quality Auditing to industry standards (i.e. IS9001, AS9100, etc.).
    • Knowledge of applicable industry standards in design, engineering, fabrication, integration, test and launch of space-flight hardware. Demonstrated proficiency in quality assurance methods (inspection, test, analysis).

    • Experience in developing and maintaining Quality Assurance processes, plans and procedures.

    • Understanding of risks and risk management approaches.

    • Ability to write reports, analyze situations, and recommend solutions.

    • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills, presentation skills and computer skills.

    • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact with all levels of the organization in a diverse technical environment (design engineering, manufacturing, test, inspection).

      Preferred Additional Qualifications:

      • Understanding of electronics, electrical and/or mechanical/electromechanical manufacturing processes and associated inspection methods, understanding of Process Variation and Statistical Process Control.

      • Previous experience as a Quality Assurance Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Process Engineer.

      • Experience participating in process improvement tasks/teams.


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