Director of Quality in Valley, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 6/22/2018

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Job Description

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont
 

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Director of Quality position is responsible for a broad range of strategic leadership and execution. This will include planning and directing Quality Control (QC), compliance and continuous improvement activities for all Valmont North American Pole Operations sites. The Director of Quality will apply their expertise knowledge in finding innovative, cost-effective means to improve quality output working with the Operations, Commercial, Engineering, and Supply Chain teams. You will lead the strategic direction and initiatives across all manufacturing sites that ensures compliance with customer requirements, engineering specifications, and applicable standards and codes while driving quality culture and discipline throughout the manufacturing processes.


Essential Functions:

  • This position reports into the SVP of North American Pole Operations and has 1 to 3 direct reports.
  • This role requires up to 60% travel domestically, and occasionally internationally, including overnight stays.
  • Develop and drive improvements in quality supporting production and local production quality control teams
  • Drive a strong Quality culture in which Quality is a competitive advantage through efficient/effective actions resulting in a customer focused team that thrives on the success of the customer both internal and external
  • Drive the regular review of Quality Specifications and revision to the current applicable code (AWS D1.1, AISC, etc.)
  • Create, implement and measure new quality metrics to drive change;  monitor progress and capture best practices and successes to be used across the enterprise
  • Publish aligned quality metrics, measurement and monitoring of quality system effectiveness to ensure quality goals are met.
  • Consolidate, analyze, and report quality metrics on a regular basis to identify areas for improvement;
  • Utilize disciplined root cause and problem solving methodologies to identify, implement and correct/prevent actions specific to the region as well as lessons learned within the business unit.
  • Establish and develop strong working relationships with internal and external customer and work with cross-functional teams to accomplish common goals across all manufacturing sites
  • Interface with the VP of Quality Assurance (Commercial Team) in proactive development of the Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Participate in and conduct regularly scheduled company meetings for representation, promotion and betterment of quality processes
  • Participate in regular Contract Reviews
  • Identify and develop high potential talent within the QC discipline
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, although most frequent lift is up to 10 pounds

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Preferred Bachelors with 7+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 9+ years relevant experience or 11+ years of relevant experience
  • Minimum of 10 years manufacturing experience in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with internal/external customers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to focus priorities to best impact quality metrics
  • Significant experience in leading technical teams
  • Proven self-starter and self-motivator
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experienced big picture thinker with proven strategic project management skills
  • Multisite leadership experience
  • Experience in developing and implementing Quality Management systems
  • Global experience preferred
  • Experience leading Kaizen and other Lean events

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Six Sigma Black Belt or Lean Processes certification, lead auditor, metrics and statistics background preferred
  • Understanding of AWS D1.1 code and NDT Inspection Processes (VT, MT, UT) preferred


Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in a manufacturing plant environment and the incumbent needs to be able to move about the office and production environments. When working in production areas, the incumbent is required to wear all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There is relatively constant exposure to conditions such as dust, dirt, heat, fumes, and cold as well as noise levels above 80 decibels. Many aspects of this role are physical and the incumbent has to be able to lift up to 50 lbs. The employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, feel, as well as balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


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