Senior Quality Engineer @ Thales - Irvine, CA

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Senior Quality Engineer

ThalesIrvine, CA
30+ days ago
Location: Irvine, United States of America

Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.

Position Summary

This is a hybrid position located in-site position located in Irvine, California.

Thales is looking for a Senior Quality Engineer. The objective of the position is to perform a high level quality engineering and quality assurance function in hardware development, manufacturing, and in-service products. Additional responsibilities include completing tasks and fulfill roles related to Regulatory Airworthiness and Thales PMA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).

In this position, it requires interactions with internal cross functional teams such as Operations, Engineering, Finance, Program Management and external organizations such as customers, suppliers, service providers, and regulatory agencies. The Senior Quality Engineer is expected to also serve as a delegate when needed, lead cross functional teams to complete tasks & projects (e.g. audits, continual improvements, development of new processes, etc), and provide mentorship and problem solving guidance to team members.

Key Areas of Responsibility

The following duties are generally conducted on a daily basis or as the need arise:

Working with teams

  • Provides direction and facilitate activities (internally and externally) related to Quality Assurance, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Product Safety Board, Regulatory, and PMA ODA (at Irvine California and Orlando Florida facilities).
  • Confidently make decisions relative to personnel assignments and functional technical requirements with regards to Hardware Quality Assurance and PMA ODA without requiring approval from the Hardware QA manager/director and PMA ODA Administrator.
  • Lead discussions with cross departmental team members for continual improvement efforts and problem resolution.
  • Conducts problem solving circles, continuous improvement activities, and root cause analysis training.

Perform reviews and assessments of:

  • Hardware Quality Engineer and PMA ODA Unit Member performance.
  • Hardware Quality Assurance roles and responsibilities.
  • Reports related to product safety investigations and reports/presentations submitted by Hardware Quality Engineers.
  • Process compliance, risks, and maturity level during the execution of design and development projects, product design, configuration control, manufacturing processes, and supplier control.
  • Technical and Contractual requirements flow down and traceability.

Reporting / Documentation

  • Provide reports, presentations, formal communications (memos, letters, etc).
  • Revise procedures, forms, inspection instructions.
  • Develop reports on the status of tasks and objectives (via written or verbal means).

Minimum Requirements

  • Education

    College graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Experience

    5 years of related work experience

    Accomplished with Aerospace industry experience and active involvement in Regulatory airworthiness activities including the use of Regulatory websites.

    Highly experienced in working within the Quality Assurance / Quality Engineering function in manufacturing environments such as Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, and Contract Manufacturing.

    Seasoned in the use of APQP tools.

    Competent in managing individuals, leading teams, and conducting personnel performance evaluations.

    Proficient in performing quality systems or process audits.

  • Skills / Knowledge

    Firm understanding of Quality Assurance tools and terminologies (FMEA, RCCA, SPC, Control Plans, Containment, Material Review Board, Configuration Control, Quality Assurance Plan, etc)

    Very capable in the application and facilitation of teams through all phases of APQP (AS9145) and its related tools.

    Ability to thoroughly evaluate product safety reports and lead Product Safety Board meetings.

    Provide solutions with an understanding of the objective relative to situational scope.

    Resolution of problems and conflicts related to personnel performance, personnel workload prioritization, or process compliance.

    Facilitates meetings (in person, by video, or by audio) with control, efficiency and focus.

    Proper use of mechanical inspection tools (caliper, ruler, scales, etc)

    Comprehension of two dimensional drawings and technical specifications.

    Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

    Presentation of ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and written.

    Ability to create various types of reports and presentations (proposals, analysis, status)

    High attention to detail and rigor.

    Manage one’s emotions and is able to control one’s temper in stressful situations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experienced with regulations related to FAA CFR Part 21, 43, 45, 145, 183
  • A Federal Aviation Administration designee (DAR, DMIR) or as a delegate (ODA Unit Member) with function codes related to performance of conformity inspections (articles, installations), issuance of an Authorized Release Certificate FAA form 8130-3 (Prototype and New), issuance of PMA Supplements.
  • A company delegate authorized to issue FAA form 8130-9.
  • Understands how to read drawings with GD& T.
  • American Society for Quality certifications:

    Certified Quality Engineer

    Certified Quality Auditor

  • Project management skills

    Create project plans

    Managed a cross functional team

    Experienced with MS Project

Physical Demands

Typing on a laptop or desktop computer, reading, sitting, walking, lifting up to 25 lbs, bending at the knees and waist

Special Position Requirements

þ Schedule: Please indicate the core work hours required for this position, e.g. First Shift, 7AM-3PM Monday through Friday; Core Business Hours Monday-Friday, etc.

Core Business Hours Monday-Friday.

þ Physical Environment: Please select this box if this position will require access to specialized work areas, e.g. manufacturing/production area, R&D lab, warehouse. If checked, please indicate the primary environment(s) where this position is required to work.

Manufacturing / Production areas, lab testing facilities, warehouse.

þ Travel: Please select this box if this position will require domestic and/or international travel to perform the essential functions of the position. If checked, please indicate the frequency or percentage of travel.

Potential 20% domestic and international travel.

þ Personal or Company/Pool Vehicle Usage : Please select this box if this position will be issued a company vehicle or will be required to use their personal vehicle for travel or customer visits to perform the essential functions of the position.

When needed, the employee’s personal vehicle will be used to travel to local suppliers, testing facilities, suppliers, and airport.

The anticipated TTC range for this role is $82,968.20 - $154,083.80 USD Annual . The Company reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s status protected by local, state, or federal law.

The Company provides an extensive benefits program for all full-time employees working 30 or more hours per week and their eligible dependents, including the following:

  • Elective Health, Dental, Vision, FSA/HSA and Well-Being plans
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a company contribution and a match, and without vesting period
  • Company paid holidays, vacation days, and paid sick leave
  • Company provided Life Insurance, AD&D, Disability, and Employee Assistance Plan

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This position will require successfully completing a post-offer background check. Qualified candidates with [a] criminal history will be considered and are not automatically disqualified, consistent with federal law, state law, and local ordinances.

Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.

Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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