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Quality Engineer

Hampton, VA
Currently looking for a Qualityl Engineer to fill an opening with a company located in Hampton, VA. Interested candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and have a minimum of 3 years of quality/engineering experience.
Responsibilities of the Quality Engineer:
The Quality Engineer provides leadership and guidance to the organization acting as a change agent to implement process improvement across the organization in the achievement of an operational excellence environment; assure the quality of product produced and conformance to the applicable customer and internal specifications, while supporting corporate objectives; support the administration of quality manuals, continuous improvement initiatives and interaction with business center personnel on quality initiatives; root cause analysis and corrective/preventative action determined as appropriate; resolve manufacturing and shipment issues relative to customer specifications.
Maintain compliance of products in manufacturing to specific customer purchase orders, blueprints and specifications
Maintain lines of communication with customers and suppliers.  This includes verbal and written correspondence and personal visits when required
Provide technical support to Engineering, Manufacturing and Sales
Coordinate review of nonconforming material and process customer concessions for possible acceptance
Develop, maintain and implement quality systems procedures and work instructions in compliance to customer and regulatory requirements
Corrective / Preventive action leader and team player
Standardize metrics and best practices within facility
Internal audit program leader
Purchase order and specification review leader focused on negotiation of customer requirements, advanced product quality planning and translation of requirements to operator level
Customer advocate (Voice of the customer)
Process improvement leader focused on review, disposition and elimination of material review, concessions, corrective / preventive actions and escapes
Ensure customer verification is complete (i.e. FAIR) and submitted to the customer.
Supplier Quality
Knowledge and experience with quality tools, such as CAPA, six sigma, lean manufacturing, PPAP, FMEA, problem solving techniques, and root cause analysis 
Participate in plant level APQP and NPI activities
Lead, document, and track process and job specific PFMEA
Responsible for coordinating suppliers and verifying quality standards in accordance with industry and customer requirements.  This includes commodities and outplant operations
Assist in the development and implementation of supplier management programs
Identify technical problems as well as cost reductions with Suppliers
Manage Supplier corrective actions
Conduct Supplier audits to assure compliance to quality system, processes and schedules.
Report supplier performance and quality to management
Requirements of the Quality Engineer:
Basic Requirements :
Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited institution
Minimum 3 years quality/engineering experience
This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status.  ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder')
Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
Preferred Requirements :
Experience in a ISO9000 or AS9100 manufacturing environment
Working knowledge of PFMEA
Certified AS9100 auditor
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and create project plans. 
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the customer and/or management
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
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