Advanced Quality Engineer

Dura Automotive Systems Milan , TN 38358

Posted 3 months ago


The Advanced Quality Engineer (AQE) will facilitate the implementation of quality deliverables to support execution of flawless new program launches. The AQE works closely with a Cross Functional Team (CFT), according APQP RACI, in meeting the required elements of APQP from Gate 0 4.


  • To support the launches new program in Dura Structures, Exterior Trim, Control Systems, and Electronics Commodities

  • Support the Cross Functional Team (CFT) meetings according to Dura's Global APQP process and RACI

  • Ensure that APQP deliverables are completed on time and per the requirements of the quality management system.

  • Facilitate/Participate in the development and maintenance of Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA), Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control plan on prototype, pre-series and series stage and serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on criteria and methodology.

  • Ensure that customer requirements are incorporated into product functional specifications and lead risk and failure analysis (DFMEA/PFMEA) to ensure functional specification requirements and severity are fully met during design validation.

  • Lead problem-solving activities for internal and Customer concerns relating to assigned responsibilities and documenting all actions in the required format (eg. 8D, DMAIC).


  • Attend Project Team meetings for all assigned programs.

  • Maintain a Lessons Learned log for all Project Teams.

  • Facilitate/Participate in the development and maintenance of the new product Process Flows, PFMEA and Control Plans, including development of Special Characteristics (SCs) from the DFMEA.

  • Participate in Engineering Design Reviews of specifications and drawings.

  • Facilitate/Participate in the development of the SC Matrix (CC/SC).

  • Attend DV/PV builds, Test Center reviews and verify compliance of product and process to the Control Plan.

  • Maintain communication with the selected manufacturing plant that will be running production and effectively handoff the Project Quality role to Plant Quality.

  • Initiate actions to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformance relating to product, process & systems.

  • Maintain communication with the ASQE group on project status and drive early involvement of suppliers.

  • To support selected new product launch, engineering changes and source / location change activities, offer technical assistance etc., working in conjunction with Dura's Cross Functional Teams according to Dura's Global APQP process.

  • Demonstrate through leadership, commitment to the principles of "Continuous Improvement" challenge suppliers on process/product technical solutions linked to the technology.

  • Within provided processes, ensure that statutory regulations specific to Health & Safety and Environment standards are adhered to and assessed for each assigned supplier.

  • To ensure the implementation and maintenance of all relevant operating procedures as defined in the Dura Integrated Management System and to introduce as necessary amendments, working in conjunction with the Corporate Purchasing and Quality Teams.


  • Education - Bachelor's degree in Engineering

  • At least three (3) years of relevant experience

  • Detailed knowledge of the theory and principles of APQP and statistical methods.

  • Experience in new product development with cross-functional teams.

  • Strong computer skills including APQP applications, word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

  • Thorough understanding of advanced quality tools and PPAP.


  • Ability to communicate well, in English, with several functions and levels within the organization.

  • Understanding of Quality Principles, 8D's, PPAP preparation, and Lean Six Sigma principles

  • Experience with ISO 9001:2015, IATF 16949 auditing, and VDA 6.3 auditing is ideal.

  • Superior communication skills and can present his/her ideas in a clear, concise manner

  • Unquestioned integrity and values that the organization can trust without reservation

  • Consensus builder with strong persuasion skills

  • A highly motivated team player who contributes to an atmosphere in which people collaboratively, enthusiastically and effectively produce results

  • A good listener with a strong sense of self

  • Must be flexible with the ability to change, adapt and grow

  • Exhibits passion for the mission of the company and the needs of our clients

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements of personnel as classified.


DURA Automotive Systems, a Lynn Tilton company, is a global automotive supplier specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of innovative solutions that propel the vehicle development initiatives of automakers. DURA is focused on advancing global sustainability technology in three core areas:

  • Driving fuel economy improvement through vehicle light-weighting and intelligent mechatronics

  • Advancing safety through innovative structural vehicle architectures and advanced driver control solutions

  • Preserving our environment through sustainable manufacturing practices

The company's products include mechatronic control systems, including shift-by-wire systems; electronic systems, including actuators and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS); lightweight structural body systems, including aluminum closures; and exterior systems, including window systems and exterior trim.

DURA is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA; with global sales of $1.7 billion. The company has 12,000 employees worldwide and operates 40 facilities in 15 countries. Strong investments in new innovation programs and access to the extensive network of Lynn Tilton technology companies that span virtual gaming, electronics, fashion and aerospace industries have catapulted DURA's future product offering to anticipate and satisfy the next generation of customer needs. DURA is nationally certified in the United States by the Women's Business Enterprise Council.


  • Performance Driven Culture

  • Excellence in Quality, sustainability and customer experience

  • Leading-edge technology and innovation

  • Sustained financial health and profitable growth


Patriarch Partners, LLC, is a holding company with investments in more than 75 companies across 14 industry sectors. Since 2000, through affiliated investment funds, Patriarch has had ownership in and restructured more than 200 companies with combined revenues in excess of $100 billion, representing more than 700,000 jobs. Founded by Lynn Tilton in 2000, Patriarch was built upon a proprietary patented financial model designed to manage and monetize the distressed portfolios of financial institutions. Patriarch focuses on the acquisition and invigoration of undervalued iconic American brands where time, capital, sound strategy and innovation can rescue a business and restore value, creating and preserving jobs in America. The firm is devoted to rebuilding America one company at a time, one job at a time. The firm's belief system and strategy in value investing does not waver or change with market fluctuations. It takes time, stability, liquidity and an appropriate capital structure to rebuild businesses. Challenging conditions often mean the need to improve operations from the ground up; the situations require both concentration and adeptness between financial engineering and operational execution, but most important, they require disruptive innovation to engineer true reinvention.


DURA Automotive Systems is an Equal Opportunities Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Whether beginning your career journey or joining to expand your career development, DURA offers a working environment rich in entrepreneurism, innovative thinking and teamwork. Our flat organization structure encourages all employees to contribute with fresh ideas that drive opportunity and reward.

We offer:

  • Competitive compensation and benefits

  • Patent reward program

  • Continuous training

  • Employee recognition programs

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit the following link:

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access: as a result of your disability.

You can request a reasonable accommodation by sending an e-mail to or via fax to: 248-475-4338. In order to quickly respond to your request, please use the words "Accommodation Request" as your e-mail subject line or fax title.

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