Group Supervisor, Hardware Quality Assurance Engineering
Company: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted on: August 12, 2019
Job ID: 10938
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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment
situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains
and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion,
foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
We are looking for a Hardware Quality Assurance leader to lead a
team of highly skilled quality professionals who provide project
quality assurance activities across JPL. This position will be
responsible for the day-to-day management of personnel who provide
verification, validation and oversight assurance on JPL Space
Flight projects throughout procurement, build, test and launch
activities. As the leader of this group, you will be responsible
for assigning work, providing training and building personnel
capability, provide career coaching, growth and personal
development, and make decisions on hiring, promotions, salary
changes, and performance appraisals, and be a contributing member
of the Section Leadership Team participating in the development and
management of the Quality Section Strategic Plan and manage related
Tactical Operations Plans.
- Contribute to the creation of assurance processes, procedures,
cost models, templates and other supporting infrastructure which
directs and dispatches the work of the group.
- Work directly with customers to negotiate appropriate levels of
support, taking into account project resource levels, risk
postures, and applicable institutional and NASA requirements.
- Ensure the consistent execution of a defined set of assurance
functions performed by the group, as well as initiate and manage
process improvement efforts to increase organizational efficiency,
improve customer/employee satisfaction and increase the likelihood
of JPL mission success.
- Provide the team with a solid foundation in quality principles
and tools and develop metrics in order to measure and improve
- Build and maintain an effective Hardware Quality Assurance Team
and provide a healthy teaming culture.
- Lead process development and improvement activities, including
the development of systems and databases to support QA operations
and improvement efforts.
- Partner with sections that are responsible to design, build and
assemble products to continuously improve processes
- Represent the Quality Assurance (QA) organization on Laboratory
committees and JPL on industry committees.
- Lead a team to ensure process are followed and requirements are
met during the assembly and integration of the spacecraft and its
- Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial
Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a
minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master's degree in
similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related
experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years
related experience. Minimum of 2 years' experience as a technical
- Extensive knowledge of Hardware Quality Assurance with
significant expertise in mechanical, electrical, subsystem and/or
system level integration and test activities.
- Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in one or more
related fields of knowledge in mechanical and electrical quality
assurance, component and spacecraft/instrument integration and
test, quality principles and tools.
- Experience in inspection processes (receiving, in-process
and/or source inspections) in support of a large aerospace
- Complete knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and
standards across a range of applications in both mechanical and
electronic hardware assurance methods.
- Experience in developing and maintaining Hardware Quality
Assurance processes, plans and procedures.
- Ability to evaluate existing processes and lead process
- Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills
and computer skills, alongside effective interpersonal, leadership
and supervisory skills.
- Occasional travel will be required.
- Previous experience as a Quality Assurance Engineer,
manufacturing engineer, process engineer, or Mission Assurance
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