A123 Systems LLC

Advanced Quality Engineer

2 months ago
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This is a customer-focused, hands-on position responsible to ensure that new product launches achieve all APQP quality-related deliverables. Working directly with Engineering, Manufacturing, Supplier Quality, and Customers, responsibilities include tracking and evaluating status of new product launch deliverables, participating in DFMEA and PFMEA development, product sample builds, coordinating problem resolution, and communicating results to customers.


  • APQP Product Development Activities
    • Support prototype builds and issue resolution
    • Develop prototype inspection plans (IQC), control plans, and audit sheets
    • Participate in PFMEA development and deployment
    • Coordinate process capability studies on key characteristics and summarize results
    • Communicate status and plans to customers, input to customer portals
    • Report problem resolution status on PR’s and QCR’s in Agile
  • Product Launch Activities
    • Develop production control plan
    • Coordinate MSA studies
    • Coordinate customer production signoff (PSO)
    • Develop, monitor, and manage safe launch audits
    • PPAP development and submission
    • Communicate/handoff of key information to teams at international manufacturing sites
  • Problem Resolution
    • Oversee production problem resolution during safe launch period
    • Determine and initiate containment activities
    • Facilitate problem solving teams
    • Communicate status and plans to customers, input to customer portals
    • Facilitate read-across and lessons learned from corrective action
    • Verify process/product documentation is updated based on corrective actions taken


The position requires:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interface well with internal and external customers
  • Clearly communicate technical information in presentation format
  • Compiling information from customer web portals, internal databases, usage of Microsoft Office applications and Minitab for data analysis.
  • Problem solving using standard quality tools (5-Why, SPC, capability analyses, DOE) and ability to train others
  • Documentation management skills, including experience compiling automotive PPAP documents
  • Metrics development and reporting
  • Independent, detail-oriented self-starter with business acumen.
  • Hands-on approach with a “can-do” attitude.



  • BSE or commensurate quality experience.
  • 5-10 years of automotive Tier 1 quality experience.
  • Experience in data collection, quality reporting, and corrective action.
  • In-depth knowledge of automotive industry quality expectations, policies and requirements.
  • Required certification as ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.
  • Experience with IQFMEA software and Agile Database applications a plus!
  • Preferred to have significant operations experience in an automotive manufacturing environment; applying quality methods and lean manufacturing techniques to yield improvements in quality, delivery and cost.
  • Desired experience in dealing with automotive electronics assembly processes and failure modes.
  • Desired experience in lithium ion battery cells and pack systems.


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