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Director Of Quality Assurance

Company: Aira
Location: Chandler
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:

We are looking for a Director of Quality Assurance to grow our In-Car Automotive business. We are a face-paced startup gaining significant market traction in the wireless charging industry, particularly in automotive with seven car companies engaged under contract. We have over 130 patent assets from a strong culture of inventiveness and rapid problem-solving. In the past two years, we have received three CES Innovation Awards, a PACE-Pilot Automotive award, as well as attained Fast Company's 5th Most Innovative Company of 2021 in Consumer Electronics. This role will lead the quality, product reliability, and certification organization as the company grows, and it provides significant upward mobility for the selected individual. You can learn more by visiting our news page:
Position SummaryReporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Quality Assurance works with Aira's executive team, customers, Automotive Tier-1 partners, and Asian manufacturing base to coordinate all aspects of the quality assurance, product reliability, and certification processes in a customer-facing role.
The Director of Quality Assurance is responsible for all activities including internal systems, in-coming quality, out-going quality, product reliability, and validation/certification activities required to meet industry-leading Automotive standards (specifically, but not limited to IATF-16949, ISO-26262, PPAP and FCC/CE standards). The individual will also provide direct leadership to Aria's customers in relation to product qualification and corrective action responses and will produce data and reports on performance, and measurement against KPI metrics. The role must work with all stakeholders to ensure that the QA and Reliability system is operating effectively and efficiently. The individual will build and execute changes required to the system and product and will generate the associated tools and training to enable the organization to achieve the highest levels of quality assurance.

  • Lead all quality assurance, product reliability certification, compliance, and performance improvement as determined by Automotive customer requirements and best-in-class industry standards
  • Develop and deploy the product quality assurance, product reliability, and certification plan addressing all phases of Automotive product development
  • Lead customer meetings from the quality assurance and reliability perspective, design and manage corrective actions and solution plans to achieve the required quality in an expedited manner appropriate to a start-up business
  • Set QA compliance objectives and ensure that KPI targets are achieved, reported, and communicated throughout the organization
  • Build and supervise quality assurance team, in Arizona, Asian manufacturing locations (centralized in Manila), and customer sites as needed, including the preparation and delivery of staff performance and development activities
  • Maintain awareness throughout the organization of best-in-class Automotive-quality practices, and the success implications of quality, including budgetary control issues
  • Design and manage the execution of product and customer validation and reliability plans
  • Assess the product specifications in conjunction with suppliers, manufacturing partners, and customers during the bid process, and subsequently manage expectations
  • Work with technical program and purchasing management to determine applicable quality compliance with external manufacturers and suppliers
  • Ensure compliance with national and international quality, environmental, health, and safety regulations
  • Establish standards and clearly defined data analysis tools, procedures, metrics, and reports for all staff
    • 15+ years in quality assurance and product validation/reliability management roles in the automotive industry, with increasing responsibility over time
    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and advanced quality training and certifications in automotive
    • Must be based at Aira's headquarters in Chandler AZ, with the ability to travel quarterly to Aira's Asian manufacturing locations
    • Significant experience in hardware and software manufacturing in electronic devices, preferably in both large and small companies
    • Broad experience working with Automotive OEM and Tier-1 customers
    • Demonstrated experience with data-based problem solving and reporting on the status of ongoing quality assurance, reliability and product validation, corrective action resolution, and compliance issues
    • Demonstrated ability working in a fast-paced start-up or new-venture environment with significant experience regarding risk and time management
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate in both large and small groups with excellent presentation and cross-functional team influence skill
    • Motivation to support international business hours with worldwide customers, and Asian supply-chain partners and suppliers
    • Must be self-driven and show initiative with exceptional follow-up on active programs with multiple customers
    • Proficiency with Atlassian Jira, Slack, and Wrike is desired, with strong MS Office and program management/CRM/ERP tool skills
    • High proficiency with QS certification: IATF-16949, ISO-26262, PPAP
    • Must be proficient in communicating in English
    • Willing to travel domestically and internationally: up to 20%

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