👷 Quality Engineering Manager

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Maxar is currently seeking a highly-motivated Product Development Engineering Manager of Front End Quality Engineering (FEQE) in Palo Alto or San Jose, CA.  In this role, you will report to the Department Manager of Quality Engineering and Improvement and be responsible for supporting the Engineering and Supply Chain organizations. This role includes leadership of FEQE, Product Development Qualification (PDQ), and FRACAS. You will lead a team of highly-skilled quality engineers with the objective of mitigating engineering risk ensuring product development goes smoothly and yields high quality results. As the manager, you will be responsible for personnel selection, staffing, organization, training, development, assignment and review for the team.   In addition, you will manage improvement and innovation opportunities. The ideal candidate has experience with quality planning, product qualification, requirements definition, and risk mitigation & management.


  • Manages the coordination of the activities of a team with responsibility for results, including costs, methods and staffing.

  • Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals.

  • Provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established company policies.

  • Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect the team.

  • Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business trends.

  • Follows processes and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

  • Acts as advisor to subordinate(s) to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems.

  • Develops and administers schedules, performance requirements, and budget responsibilities.

  • Having wide-ranging experience, uses professional concepts and company objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.

  • Frequently interacts with functional peer group managers and must be able to lead a cooperative effort among members of a project team.

  • Facilitate coordination with engineering to develop deliverables including, but not limited to, product performance analysis on similar products, essential requirements checklist, design verification, design validation, design reviews, phase reviews, and product release authorization for distribution of product.

  • Ensure execution of engineering and supply chain risk management through your team.

  • Coordinate front end proposal work, including product structure review and generating Qualification Status List.

  • Lead multi-functional Product Development Qualification activities.

  • Champion a variety of cost reduction, quality improvement, and schedule reduction improvement projects from ideation through closure, utilizing Lean Six Sigma methodology, as appropriate.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Statistics or other science/engineering-related discipline.

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in quality engineering or a related technical field, with experience working in product development engineering and/or systems engineering.

  • Prior management experience.

  • Proven track record in working with and influencing all levels of employees, suppliers, peers, and leadership.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Proficient knowledge of system improvement implementation and development product life cycles (NPI, APQP)

  • Ability to travel to suppliers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A healthy dose of Product Development Engineering and Quality Engineering experience.

  • Ability to employ process and system analysis to determine how to build safeguards and process changes to prevent nonconformities.

  • Advanced experience with data analysis and tools.

  • Experience with providing leadership consultations & leadership support.

  • Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt.

  • Experience with implementing AS9145 concepts (Advanced Product Quality Planning).

  • Advanced experience with MS Excel, Access, Visio, and any applicable business intelligence tools.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, manage and execute medium (6-8 month) to large (8-16 month) system projects in a dynamic environment, including robust business analysis for recommended attainable solutions.

  • Ability to collaborate, innovate and maintain high engagement with engineering teams.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is 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.



United States, Palo Alto, CA

Posted 12d ago