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Quality Engineer

Job description

We are currently looking for a Quality Engineer

A little about us…

With over a century of engineering expertise and innovation, KNDS UK (formerly WFEL Limited) is a renowned world leader in rapidly deployable military bridging systems and a key partner in the UK MoD’s Boxer armoured vehicle programme.

We are proud of our heritage and our reputation of providing the highest quality engineering solutions for over 100 years. As a trusted partner to military customers around the world, our employees are the very heart of our company. We have a skilled and experienced workforce dedicated to achieving excellence in all areas of the business from Engineering to Project Management, Business Support to Operations.

As our business evolves, we are looking to strengthen our workforce with talented and motivated individuals across a range of disciplines to work from our Northwest Engineering Centre of Excellence and currently have this opportunity available:

About the role…

The core purpose of this job function is to provide Quality support to the Boxer AIT assembly area ensuring that both customer and internal requirements are met in line with appropriate standards and accreditations.

Key duties include but are not limited to:

  • Be the key support to the Boxer AIT process and assist with the transfer of knowledge from our parent company KNDS Germany to KNDS UK at Stockport. This may require some occasional travel to the KNDS site in Munich.
  • Understand the customer requirements to develop, implement and monitor effective quality assurance and control processes to improve and maintain the quality of products and processes.
  • Devise and review specifications for products and processes to meet customer expectations.
  • Drive continuous improvement using techniques such as A3, 8D, PFMEA, DMAIC and the LEAN tool box to maximise assembly opportunities.
  • Manage all reported non-conformances, though effective root cause analysis to ensure containment, corrective and preventive actions are implemented and have responsibility for control and management of non-conforming products in the area.
  • Be a Subject Matter Expert for Quality Processes with demonstrable experience of quality tools and techniques such as APQP, PPAP, FAIRS, DFMEA, PFMEA, Control plans etc.
  • Conduct internal and external system and process audits, report of all non-compliance and work with key stakeholders to resolve issues as they arise.
  • Provide proactive support and judgement on product quality to production teams.
  • Ensure that the interests of the customer are represented at all times.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the Company Integrated management system (IMS) and support the development of procedures, work instruction and SOP’s ensuring the IMS Documentation control System is adhered to.
  • Liaise with the customer’s Quality Assurance Representatives (GQA) when required.
  • Assist with certifying conformance of company products on release to the customer.
  • To comply at all times with the Company’s Environmental, Health and Safety Policy.
  • Support, comply and ensure complicity with Health & Safety regulations, the Company Handbook, Quality and Environmental standards and all other Company policies and procedures.

What we’re looking for…

You will need a degree/HNC/HND in either Engineering or Quality, and a working knowledge of continuous improvement techniques such as A3, 8D, 6 Sigma, Lean and 5S. You should be a qualified internal auditor with experience in a similar role, having a good technical knowledge and understanding, as well as knowledge of ISO 9001 and other relevant accreditations.

What you can expect from us…

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2018 and achieved their Silver Award in 2020 which means that we actively support and encourage service leavers, reservists and cadets to join our team, recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process. 

When you become part of the KNDS UK team, you will enjoy employee benefits such as:

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension (4% employee contribution, 7% employer contribution)
  • Flexible working
  • Half day Friday
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Company sick pay scheme which increases with service
  • Free unreserved car parking

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply by clicking the link at the top of the page or email your CV with a cover letter to careers@knds.co.uk

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please note that we have a Preferred Supplier List in place and we will contact agencies directly should the need arise – any unsolicited CVs received via an agency will be accepted with thanks but without fee.

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