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Quality Team Lead

Company: KBR
Location: Aurora
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


Quality Team Lead

Location: Littleton, CO

This work requires flexibility to adapt to multiple schedules and shifts as needed, including 2nd shift, 3rd shift, and weekends, by the Project.

The Quality Team Lead will provide the necessary quality engineering support in addition to performing the team lead role.

Quality support will include:

* Support the implementation of mission assurance requirements over the entire project life-cycle. * Monitor processes for compliance to the developer's procedures and contractual requirements. Findings will be documented with recommended action(s). * Ensure that flight hardware and software anomalies, corrective actions, and re-verifications are documented in accordance with the developers' non-conformance and corrective action system. * Monitor contractor quality and safety controls, and participate in quality assurance activities during fabrication, integration, and tests. Monitoring shall apply to process implementations, product inspection during production, recording of key process data, witness of the set up (e.g., equipment check outs, safe connector mating, reconfiguring or moving mission hardware) and execution of key tests, supplier conformance with quality engineering and project management approval requirements (e.g., red-lines, approval to proceed, signing off on work orders), labs and personnel certifications, traceability of calibration certifications to calibration plans, capture of test results and instances of product or process nonconformance, protection of product, isolation and preservation of non-conforming items to assure effective root cause or failure analysis, and witnessing of close calls or mishap events. * Perform Spacecraft Production Support including monitoring power-on testing at box level, witnessing 1st power movement of mechanisms, witnessing flight hardware environmental testing, witnessing all critical lifts of instruments and/or subsystems in accordance with the supplier's internal standard, and monitoring all cleaning operations involving optical and thermal surfaces including contamination inspections (black/white light inspections). * Perform Launch Support including activities such as Spacecraft readiness review(s), spacecraft transport to launch site monitor; purges, battery health and dynamic loads environment and launch site processing. * Support activities related to root cause corrective actions (RCCA) by providing information gained through documentation reviews and witnessing of process preparations and operations. * Support processes for collecting and analyzing data that measures supplier success for requirements compliance, defect production and management, and successful process implementation. * Review flight hardware records for completeness and to ensure that all open items are closed or identified prior to final acceptance testing and on the shipping document. * Perform final instrument/spacecraft/observatory "buy-off" reviews including the Acceptance Data Package and make final recommendations regarding hardware acceptance.

In addition to the daily quality working support, the Quality Team Lead will:

* Collect and use statistical data for the monitoring and evaluation of trends. Coordinate with NASA to ensure that the quality metrics are reviewed, closed, and agreed upon. Share data with the team to obtain group feedback and consensus to improve and resolve all the queries. * Resolve technical and/or operations issues to ensure established schedules are met. * Evaluate and recommend changes in work methods and procedures in assigned area. Develop new processes/procedures as needed. Effective QA team leads should always seek out ways to improve processes, so familiarity with process and efficiency enhancement is helpful in this role. Motivate team to improve the efficiency so that the time saved can be used in different work areas. Publish the improvements to all the stakeholders and depict the improvements using data points. * Maintain, coordination and communicate the team schedule based on the NASA project team schedule. Coordinate and communicate the overtime, personal time off, training and work schedule with management. * Recommend candidates for employment on all contract opportunities and provide input to job descriptions. * Coach and motivate team members. * Enhance communications by facilitating team meetings. Support coordination of the activities of the project team in conjunction with NASA's leadership. Effective leadership, scheduling, and management skills are vital in this role. This position must have proven experience in building and leading cohesive, effective teams. Responsible for developing team operational practices. * Prepare forecast input to management including monthly hours for each team member, training dates and costs, travel schedule and estimated cost. * Document and communicate lesson learned within the team, project and management. * Establish regular communication with KBR management to discuss project team status, feedback, risks, issues, recognition and other relevant topics. * Prepare and submit a monthly technical activity report for the team including accomplishments, issues, risks, upcoming key events, and travel. * Develop and provide new employee orientation program in preparation for all future new QEs that join the team. * Develop and document a project overview summary of key information that all new QEs would need to enhance consistency and communication. * Develop and document a supplier overview to include all necessary access needs, software or online resources, Covid and other safety requirements established at the facility, and other relevant information regarding the supplier and facility location. * Develop and document process documentation for standard and unique processes. * Provide leadership to the team by providing advice on setting up goals and objectives, supporting decision making and conflict resolution. Maintain cordial relationships between cross functional teams. * Provide input, feedback, or recommendations for OneKBR and other recognition for team members. * High degree of Organization skills to successfully schedule and direct QA procedures * Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with project managers, project leads, customers, and with contract colleagues is essential. * Ability to attain and maintain respect and confidence of the customer and contract personnel. A close, cooperative customer interface is essential. * Desire and ability to seek and capture new business opportunities. Must be open-minded to new ideas and new ways of doing business, willing to pursue new opportunities, and flexible enough to adapt to a rapidly changing technical environment. * Mature, professional judgment in establishing objectives, milestones and priorities. * Ability to translate concepts across multiple disciplines

Education & Requirements:

* BA/BS degree in a technical discipline (i.e., engineering, computer science, quality assurance). In lieu of formal education, at least 13 years of progressive experience in a related field. Applicant should have fifteen (15) or more years' experience in manufacture, assembly and/or quality assurance of space flight hardware. Applicant should also be familiar with supplier quality management operations, requirements flow-down and compliance, and performance data accumulation and analysis tools and techniques. The QE shall be familiar with ISO 9001 and AS9100. * To perform this job successfully, an individual should have good working knowledge of the full suite of Microsoft Office. They must possess diplomatic sensitivities relative to programmatic risk management and contractual relationships, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a technical problem solving background with strong analytical skills. The QE must be able to work side-by-side with other mission assurance personnel (e.g., Prime Contractor, subcontractors, GSFC civil servants, GSFC contractors, DCMA).

Experience preferably at NASA with direct working experience with the following standards and requirements:

* IPC J-STD-001ES/FS (Soldering, Space Addendum) * NASA-STD-8739.1 (Staking and Conformal Coating) * NASA-STD-8739.4 or IPC/WHMA-A-620xS (Crimping, Cables & Wiring)

ANSI/ESD 20.20 (Electrostatic Discharge) * NASA-STD-8739.6 (Workmanship Implementation Standard)

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Keywords: KBR, Aurora , Quality Team Lead, Other , Aurora, Colorado

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