Local Quality Assurance Engineer - Huntsville, AL-1900448 We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. This allows for our employees to innovate and generate new ideas, put them into action, and gain insights from them to further advance our collective expertise.
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Local Quality Assurance Engineer (1900448) – Huntsville, AL
Where the Chemistry Happens
We are seeking a professional like you to assure that assigned technologies consistently meet all agreed to customer requirements and fitness-for-use specifications. This is achieved through close partnerships with stakeholders including, but not limited to, Global Channels/Resources, R&D, Manufacturing, Process Engineering, Account Managers, and Supply Chain. In this role, you will facilitate customer visits, audits, and outcomes, participate in the internal quality audit program, and evaluate findings for systemic issues and continual improvement. You will work toward resolutions suitable to globally aligned standards and strive to improve overall product/process quality, effectiveness of the quality systems, and successful product launches.
In addition, you will address customer product issues, requests, complaints, and concerns, driving to efficient closure. You will employ proactive quality monitoring to anticipate and prevent product quality issues and manufacturing constraints that impact customer satisfaction. Essential to this role is the management of root cause analysis while partnering with local manufacturing teams to ensure appropriate corrective actions are taken with escalations when appropriate.
An understanding of existing quality testing requirements in alignment with global best practices, recognition of new methodologies and requirements by quality control resources, responsibility for site-specific documentation, and maintenance of relevant certifications and licenses (IATF 16949, ISO9001) are keys to the success of this position.
Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent
Formula for Success
Leveraging your education in Engineering, Quality Assurance, or other related technical discipline, you will lead and execute root cause analysis using 8D or similar principles to identify improvement opportunities and improve quality performance and customer satisfaction. Bachelor's degree in another field would be considered for candidates that demonstrate equivalent, related work experience.
Your proven analytical and written communication skills will be valued assets as you collect data and analyze trends using statistical methods, audit results, and current performance against manufacturing standards to prepare reports for internal and external customers. Additionally, you will monitor process capabilities/performance statistically to identify areas of improvement and variance reduction .
Demonstrating your familiarity with quality systems such as ISO 9001, IATF 16949, OEM Standards , and experience with Quality Tools/Methodologies (FMEA, SPC, RCAs, PDCA, and MSAs), you will participate in internal and external audits using industry standard audit techniques to ensure continued compliance to standards and customer requirements. Specifically, you will participate in FMEA activities and control plans review/approval.
Your unwavering commitment to customer service will be essential as you lead efforts to resolve customer concerns and issues in a timely manner by leading/facilitating investigations and internal communications.
Demonstrating your robust analytical and problem-solving skills, you will evaluate suspect and nonconforming material to provide resolution and identify activities to disposition (eg Material Review Board) questioned material in alignment with requirements and business objectives.
Your strong skills in project management and influencing others will be a valued asset when you need to stop manufacturing processes in cases of non-compliant products. You will coordinate and guide process improvements and Management of Change activities at the local site to ensure a smooth and acceptable transition for affected customers and update appropriate documentation.
As a subject matter expert, you will serve as the local technology quality contact while ensuring analytical and manufacturing techniques are consistent with global standards and customer specifications and requirements.
Your ability to work effectively in a large, complex matrix organization will be a benefit as you support the Product Life Cycle Process for local program implementation.
Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You
Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.
The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you'll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.
BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.