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Manufacturing Quality Engineer
Headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas, Bad Boy Mowers is a manufacturer of high-performance “zero-turn” radius (ZTR) residential and commercial lawn mowers, selling to dealers and retailers. As the fastest growing ZTR mower manufacturer, Bad Boy built its first ZTR mower in 2002 and has since expanded to sell its mowers in over 45 U.S. states, approximately 800 independent dealers and more than 1,800 retail locations. As tough as our mowers are, they are no match for the people that design, build, bring to market and sell them as a part of the Bad Boy Mower family.
The Manufacturing Quality Engineer will be a hybrid role focusing on both manufacturing and quality engineering. The individual will develop, implement and maintain safe, optimal and cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards. This role will recommend and implement improvements to production processes, methods and controls.
This individual will lead, identify, and implement the improvements throughout the company using Lean/TPS techniques. The role will identify best practices, processes, and standard work for the integration into the quality / manufacturing strategy to ensure consistent high-quality results. This job report to the Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs continuous improvement activities using Toyota Production System (TPS) tools for cost reduction, quality improvement, improved efficiency, and improved material flow.
- Conduct studies of production efficiencies; recommend changes as such in equipment utilization/changes and workflow/process changes
- Develop and implement innovative manufacturing processes, methods, and equipment.
- Participate in regular design reviews and work in close coordination with designers to drive design for manufacture (DFM) activities.
- Supports research, design and the development of safe manufacturing processes, including production flow, assembly methods, welding processes and production equipment.
- Establish programs and conduct studies to assist in the enhancement of health and safety or to identify and correct hazards;
- Lead the resolution of quality issues in the business, including the use of root cause analysis and contingency plans as appropriate
- Work with teams to put in place preventive measure to mitigate risk of defects.
- Collect data, analyze, and report on performance of quality systems at factory level.
- Monitor and trend business quality metrics as part of a daily management program that includes daily, weekly and project level metrics
- Conduct internal audits and initiate corrective actions.
- Ensure utilization of quality system procedures and processes to maintain high standards of quality and reliability.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Industrial or Manufacturing/Quality Engineering.
- More than five years of professional experience in a manufacturing environment preferred (Automotive or Agriculture Manufacturing)
- Exceptional analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills – experience with 5-Why, Practical Problem Solving and Root Cause analysis.
- Practical Lean principles experience, TPS experience preferred with the proven success to facilitate change.
- Experience with manufacturing processes involving fabrication, painting, and assembly.
- Experience with factory automation, maintenance, and integrating engineering designs into production
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to work independently, set priorities which accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities, and follow through on assignments with minimal direction
- Proven ability to work with various levels of the organization, from first line personnel to the executive team.
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, Minitab or other statistical software
- Ability to quickly learn and become productive in new software
- High level of mechanical aptitude and desire to work in a hands-on manufacturing environment for extensive periods of time.
- Project Management: the ability to organize and manage multiple projects as well as own work schedule.