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Series Quality Improvement Leader

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 16/10/2019
  • Duration: on-going
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The Role
- Responsible to form & lead cross functional teams to analyse complex problems in all product lines for all series models. Ensure robust root cause analysis and sustainable solutions to customer concerns. Also responsible to decide and escalate if required to ensure customer satisfaction and minimise warranty costs both current and future.
- Drive client problem solving in all technologies in both product and process to ensure customer concerns are solved in a timely fashion.
- Responsible for the client key deliverable of warranty cost in both PDI and field along with Aftersales and to ensure future projects are improved by driving robust lessons learnt across the business.

Drive Problem Solving
a. Use expert problem solving skills to steer problem solving activity using multiple tools
b. Determine root cause of field problems in order that countermeasures can be defined and implemented, making recommendations for action where appropriate.
c. Accountable to lead their discipline in the FAP steering group, Q Day and Top Q for problem solving, reporting and escalation
d. Coach teams in problem solving principles, defined tools and techniques and promote their use
e. Continually develop problem solving processes and systems to improve core competence and act as consultant/expert for problem solving business wide (within the scope of their deliverables)

Lead Virtual Cross Functional Teams
a. Create and lead cross-functional Problem Solving Teams (establishing as required) to resolve complex field concerns and define priorities to carry out analysis
b. Establish and develop a network with functional directors and managers to ensure cooperation in resourcing teams and their priorities (resolving conflict where required)
c. Responsible to define the technical resources required to establish root cause and technical solution for complex problems and to secure these resources
d. Responsible to pull virtual team members from the relevant functions for the duration of the problem solving activity
e. Responsible to ensure optimal application of technical resources to solve multiple problems in parallel
f. Remove blockers cross functionally to functional director level or escalate/resolve through FAP Steering group and escalate to Board/Platform level to drive solutions
g. Responsible to represent brand in cross brand FAP analysis and decision making

Solution Validation and Monitoring
a. Validate technical and process solutions (both containment and final solution) to ensure validity
b. Challenge technical change in all disciplines to ensure robustness of the solution
c. Monitor solution introduction, effectiveness and customer satisfaction impact
d. Ensure balanced solutions (process/product) for customer satisfaction, financial effectiveness and process performance and escalate deviations including recommendations to maintain performance

Drive Warranty and Factory Quality Targets
a. Set and agree targets for fault reduction rates and targets for the planning round
b. Where required present delta to targets and agreed at Board level
c. Monitor performance to targets and devise adjustment actions for deviations and establish and report status on fault reduction and cost reduction
d. Deliver the improvement by developing robust solutions in line with company targets
e. Be responsible to recommend changes to targets, or delivery of problem solving performance

Drive lessons learned into Q Planning team
a. Derive robust lessons learned from problem solving
b. Document root causes and ensure these are captured for future learning and recurrence prevention
c. Where required, ensure updates are made to e.g technical or process standards
d. Transfer lessons learned to business functions and partners to ensure corporate learning
e. Ensure improvements are driven into new projects and processes to deliver robust future targets
f. Ensure lessons learnt are reflected in Planning Round and new Projects

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Strong leadership and management skills in a variety of situations
Project delivery in a large OEM
Strong record of ability to deal with conflict
Delivering results to Cost, Quality and Time targets
Communicating business goals to effectively explain the drivers for change
Advanced demonstrable decision making skills based on data and facts
Effective communication and influencing up to management Board level
Excellent skills in the effective presentation of technical problems to all levels up to Director and including Board

PRACTICAL & TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
All associated systems and processes linked to problem solving
Demonstrable knowledge of vehicle systems and their inter-relationships
Demonstrable knowledge assembly processes and sub-assemblies demonstrable concept to technical design and detail for problem solving skills
Advanced knowledge of problem solving tools (process and product)
Expert knowledge of process improvement methodologies
Significant practical technical experience in the Automotive industry

QUALIFICATIONS
Degree or equivalent in Engineering/technical/numerate Discipline
Chartered Engineer status preferred
Formal Problem Solving tools preferred (e.g. Six sigma)

The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

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