Quality Manager

Hydro North America Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 weeks ago

Quality Manager (Portland, OR)

Hydro is a fully integrated aluminum company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents, combining local expertise, worldwide reach and unmatched capabilities in R&D. In addition to production of primary aluminum, rolled and extruded products and recycling, Hydro also extracts bauxite, refines alumina and generates energy to be the only 360 company of the global aluminum industry. Hydro is present within all market segments for aluminum, with sales and trading activities throughout the value chain serving more than 30,000 customers.

The Quality Manager reports directly to the Plant Manager in Portland, OR. The critical position oversees the work and evaluates the effectiveness of quality resources within the organization ensuring compliance with quality systems and engineering.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides a safe working environment for all in the department and enable professional growth

  • Leads a team of Quality professionals to ensure the business is achieving its quality goals and improvement plans

  • Directs the business technical strategy in support of market and product development and plays a major role in shaping business strategy and developing policy across the organization

  • Facilitates decision making processes in the development of the business plan and critical operational issues

  • Focuses on the strategic outlook and plans for a product or service capability, technical or administrative functions, or production capability

  • Drives process improvement initiatives to reduce customer complaints and internal scrap

  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Key Requirements:

  • Safety:

o Must have passion around safety. Must drive a safety culture where safety is the number one priority for all employees. Proven ability to intervene, recognize and eliminate hazards.

  • Work Experience:

o Minimum ten (10) years' experience managing quality and/or continuous improvement functions in the heavy manufacturing industry;

o Experience in external quality roles - depth and breadth of exposure to successful quality systems implementation and management in heavy manufacturing.

  • Education:

o Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or equivalent technical degree.

o Preferred engineering discipline in metallurgical, materials science or mechanical (in that order).

  • Functional Knowledge

o Demonstrated intensity and tenacious approach to managing safety. Understands the critical link between safety and quality.

o Experience in external quality roles - depth and breadth of exposure to successful quality systems implementation and management in heavy manufacturing.

o Focus on diversity of industrial exposure with a strong quality / improvement background and process-based thinking.

o Demonstrated proficiency in disciplined, systemic problem solving. Understands A3 / PDCA. DMAIC optional.

o Demonstrated proficiency in formal quality systems deployment (ISO / TS) including automotive quality standards.

o Demonstrated proficiency in working to enhance integrity and scope of process measurements.

o Demonstrated proficiency in working with customer and industry specifications and new product launch processes (APQP, PPAP).

o Understands the concept of best practices and benchmarking

o Demonstrated proficiency in coaching, teaching and developing employees in needed skill sets that contribute to their personal betterment and to the betterment of the company.

o Demonstrates critical focus on customer-facing issues.

  • Demonstrate a true 'shop floor presence'. Work closely with line operators and other shop floor personnel to understand the current state and drive permanent improvement.

  • Demonstrated high standard for excellence and core belief in quality compliance.

  • Excellent Communication Skills (Verbal & Written) used for presentations, training, diverse group facilitation, leading Kaizen activity.

  • Highly motivated self-starter, enthusiastic, capable of bringing out the best in people with proven history of leading change.

  • Working knowledge of computers, Microsoft Office

Language Fluency in English

Competitive Benefits:

From Day One with Hydro, employees can enjoy benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company match/contributions

  • Education Assistance

  • Bonus plan eligibility for all levels of employees

  • Parental Leave

Please Apply Before: 4/30/2020

Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.


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