The Palfinger values of People, Entrepreneurship, Respect and Learning, are more than words. We strive every day to create and support an atmosphere of collaboration, transparency, empowerment and customer focus so our greatest assets, our people, will be able to harness their passion, drive and motivations to make a big impact!
As an international group Palfinger offers its customers around the world hydraulic lifting solutions at the interfaces of the transport chain. At the moment, Palfinger operates business in 16 sectors: loader cranes, EPSILON timber and recycling cranes, marine cranes, davit systems, winches and offshore equipment, offshore cranes, boats, wind cranes, hooklifts, access platforms, tail lifts, passenger lifts, mobile cranes, truck bodies, railway systems, and truck mounted forklifts as well as attachments and equipment for increasing crane efficiency. As a member of the Palfinger North America Region (https://www.palfinger.com/en-us ), Palfinger continuously pursues our vision of being the preferred provider of truck equipment throughout North and Latin America.
Palfinger is seeking a strong Quality Manager highly experienced with quality manufacturing practices for steel fabrication and assembly production, to join the team and work out of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Trenton, N.J. If you like contributing your talents, being rewarded for strong performance and enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment, then we think you have found the right place to come and build a future. It is our belief that you will join a company with a strong heritage and more importantly, a strong future.
As a part of the Trenton Operations team, the Quality Manager will be responsible for supporting Trenton’s Quality function by driving both tactical and strategic programs in collaboration with plant and regional leadership. This position is key part of the Trenton Operations staff. This position assists and supports the Operations and Product Lines related Quality staff to support both the tactical and strategic programs as directed by the plant manager and the Regional Quality Manager.
This role reports to the Trenton Plant Manager, with strong alignment to Regional leadership, offering a competitive compensation package and opportunity for on-going career growth.
Support Product Line Quality Management (PLQM) for Trenton Product quality requirements for the Product Line
Continuously improve the Trenton Product line for safe & high-quality products and processes
Audits processes and products, from design process to Trenton Quality Management Systems (QMS) against industry, national and international standards such as ISO 9001-2015
Focus on data, the measurability and transparency of quality results (KPIs)
Overall support for the Trenton products and as needed for the NAM Regional QM-Systems Responsibility through Operations Management
Support PLQM for risk analyses / FMEA’s (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
Auditing Trenton’s and Trenton’s Suppliers QMS’s to ensure the manufacturing of high Quality and low risk product and process management for the Trenton site
Actively Support all project management for the PLQM for Trenton quality products/processes and turnkey solutions
Collect, Chart, report, manage and analyze warranty results including root cause analysis and preventive measures on at least a monthly and annual basis
Install Product Line requirements for Incoming/Receiving Inspection, Internal gate Inspections and final testing/inspections
Develop and implement a receiving inspection process that will prevent nonconforming product from getting into Trenton inventory
Implement and manage the Material Review Board (MRB), collect the related data, report and chart the data
Organize and manage regular Trenton meetings to review and manage Trenton Quality
Develop/Implement a continuous improvement process to review other sites processes for best practices and benchmarking opportunities
Support SAP Q-Module when implementation starts at the site
Coordinate and manage Stop Shipments, Part Recall, Part Containment for the Trenton Site and be aware of other sites’ Recalls and part containment for similar issues in your responsible plant, working through Regional Quality for escalation
Highly motivate and lead the plant quality engineers/inspectors to perform their work to the highest standards and professionalism while maintaining quality goals
Plan and release the internal audit program using the Corporate Internal Audit format
Responsible for all Trenton Incoming Quality, Internal Quality, MRB, final Product Quality and Warranty as it relates to internal Trenton quality
Support plant quality management by developing inspection plans and tools according to product requirements (final testing)
Recognize the need initiate and manage all quality improvement processes
Observe reclamation process – plant-plant/plant-supplier together with supplier quality management
Observe part inspection process (Supplier parts / Trenton products) - Final inspection of units, kits and installations
Observe measuring tool management (gage calibration program) and quality related investments
Develop and implement a training for plant quality, Palfinger quality culture and tools, …
Norms and Standards
Managing the standards for Trenton, other local standards, regional standards together with experts from different departments
Manage translation from European standards to local language
At a minimum annually, check corporate P-Norms regarding local legal requirements
Release new standards with proper documented training of standards, and proper document control
Distribute and training for new or changed standards & norms for the local organization and suppliers – working with Regional Quality Manager and Supplier Quality Manager
Develop and implement a system to share Trenton and PALFINGER QMS documents, standards with local suppliers in cooperation with Regional Quality Manager, Regional Supplier Quality Management
Required Qualifications and Characteristics:
Bachelor’s Degree in related Engineering, Industrial Management or Manufacturing Engineering and Management
5 - 10 years of progressive experience in Quality, Operations, Industrial Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering
Expertise in the following areas: Quality Management Systems, Managing and implementation, drawing interpretation, measurement systems analysis, and FMEA
Certifications from the American Society of Quality such as, CMQ/OE, CQE or CSSBB
Strong effective communicator in writing, speaking, presenting, training in the English language with a focus on interpersonal communication.
Demonstrates a high degree of confidentiality and common sense when making decisions
Able to direct the efforts of a team of diverse professionals and shop staff
Demonstrated ability to increase productivity and continuously improve methods, approaches, and departmental contribution while being cost-sensitive.
Commitment to continuous improvement while improving Quality
Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and provide useful and strategic advice and input across the Trenton site and on the Trenton Management team.