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Quality & Continuous Improvement Engineer- South Gate, CA
Ref No.: 18-06174
Location: South Gate, California, California
Armstrong Flooring, Inc. (AFI) has an opportunity for a Plant Quality Manager located at our South Gate, CA facility. Working under the general direction of the Plant Manager, this position is responsible for the effective management and coordination of all aspects of Quality and Process support to production. Supports plant efficiency and profitability by reducing waste through application of lean principles.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides direction on quality testing process, specification, quality claim investigation and response
  • Coordinates the efforts of process support personnel to investigate, solve and improve production related process and quality problems
  • Leads plant activities to support design of new products, modify existing designs, improve production techniques, and develop test procedures
  • Provides engineering, technical solutions and training that involve new techniques, technologies, or concepts
  • Analyzes technology trends, human resource needs, and market demand to plan projects within the quality scope
  • Confers with plant leadership and production staff to determine engineering feasibility and cost effectiveness of quality initiatives
  • Advises plant leadership on quality related developments which may affect profit, schedule, costs, customer relations, and/or inter-departmental relations
  • Transfers knowledge of technical processes to production employees
  • Maintains a working knowledge of new technologies which may improve operations, and develops recommendations accordingly
  • Maintains a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure duties of self and others are performed in a safe manner
  • Drives CAPEX projects that are in the quality scope (CAT-II)
  • Develop solid working relationships with CIT, Corp. Quality, Product and Sales group

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Current – None
  • Future – Yes

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years engineering experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated Project Management skills
  • Excellent communication skills with all levels of the organization
  • Experience with Quality Systems and optimization in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of process improvement techniques, such as Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
  • Must be able to complete the Ishihara test for color blindness and the Farnsworth-Munsell 100-hue color test as well as administer both tests to employees as required.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Master's degree
  • Previous experience with Statistical Process Control and Team Facilitation
  • Experience with Minitab
  • Experience with a Customer Service or Customer Interaction

Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal as well as the ability to present to multiple levels of the organization
  • Self-starter with a strong analytical mindset
  • Excellent organizational and teamwork skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to follow established policies and procedures
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Office and Minitab
  • Outside the box thinker
  • Insatiable drive for change and improvement
More Information About the Job
Is Relocation Available?
Is there a bonus structure?
Are you open to sponsorship?
This position is:
New Position
Is there a possibility to work remote?
Is there equity?
Are there flexible work hours?
Does this position have direct reports?
Who does this position report to?
Plant Manager In addition to a resume, please include the following when submitting candidates otherwise your submissions will not be reviewed- 1) Name/Current location (city, state), 2) U.S. citizenship- current citizen?/green card holder?- if green card, how much time left on it?, 3) Is candidate currently working/Reason for looking for new job/willing to relocate?, 4) Compensation information (current base & bonuses and desired comp.), 5) Brief summary of candidate's background, 6) Education (highest completed)
What are the 3-4 non-negotiable requirements on this position?
1) Bachelor's degree 2) 5+ yrs of experience in a manufacturing environment 3) Lean experience 4) Project management experience 5) Quality experience in a manufacturing environment 6) Flexibility to potentially work off-shifts, if needed We are looking for a 'go-getter', someone that can think outside of the box, someone with good analytical skills and that has a great handle on MS Excel & Access and someone proficient in Minitab.
What are the nice-to-have skills?
1) Advanced degree
What is exciting about this opportunity? Please use this section to describe team and company culture.
The plant has a great, motivated team wanting to do everything they can to improve. There are also growth and developmental opportunities available. This person will not have any direct reports right now however that could change down the road.