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Woodward Inc QUALITY ASSURANCE ENGINEER in Niles, Illinois



This position reports directly to the Quality Leader and is responsible for providing a moderate to high level of customer and organizational support for quality & regulatory requirements, compliance and system and process improvements. Provides support to and mentors other quality engineers. This position requires minimal supervision with a high level of independent work. Drives the use of Six Sigma principles, methods and tools.


  • Develops procedures and work instructions that are required per the Quality Management System. Manages the review and approval of QMS documents.

  • Drives continuous improvement across the operation (i.e. defines improvement goals, establishes accountability through SQDRC metrics, uses Lean/Six Sigma tools and techniques to continually improve processes and business results, and establishes a mindset within operations to document and control processes; promotes safety and housekeeping; uses facilitative leadership).

  • May be accountable for customer accounts, along with resolving complex issues. Drives resolution to systemic issues within the organization.

  • Assembles and monitors appropriate company/customer metrics and proposes improvements for the performance of Quality. May analyze the metrics and provide recommendations based on the results.

  • Performs quality related activities associated with the nonconforming material control process.

  • Leads advance quality planning processes. Examples include Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)/First Article Inspection (FAI), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Statistical Process Control (SPC) processes. (May be performed by CQE at some sites.)

  • Acts as the customer liaison/advocate for Woodward compliance to customer quality requirements and customer satisfaction relative to quality of products and services.

  • Ensures accuracy of documents and interfaces with customer for required validation documentation to customer quality requirements such as APQP, PPAP, ISIR, etc.

  • Leads internal/external audits. Provides mentoring to functional owners for RCCA on findings

  • Monitors and reports on company/customer score cards. Leads action, as appropriate.

  • Monitors and drives improvements to company/customer quality metrics throughout Woodward.

  • Accountable for ensuring the robustness of root cause analysis and problem solving utilizing Six Sigma methodology and Woodward Quality Management System processes.


  • Participates in setting technical direction/quality strategies.

  • Identifies opportunities for improvement throughout the organization and pursues corrective action.

  • Drives/coaches/encourages the use of Continuous Improvement principles, methods and tools.

  • May be required to support other Woodward plants/divisions



  • Communicates and operates effectively within Woodward's organizational structure. Helps to improve information systems, processes and products.

  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of and ability to drive Root Cause Corrective Action concepts/processes, including the 8D process to eliminate cause(s) in internal processes, or external processes when necessary.

  • Demonstrates strong organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills (including presentations). Writes standard technical reports. Able to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Demonstrates ability to effectively lead teams across multiple functional areas, and work with various levels within the organization, customers, and regulatory agencies.

  • Ability to complete company goal/tasks in a timely manner, and at times, work under aggressive schedules.

  • Demonstrates thorough understanding of interpretation of engineering specifications, mechanical drawings, and/or electrical schematics, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of ISO9001, AS9100 and TS16949 (site specific) requirements and their intent to ensure compliance of the Quality Management System. Demonstrates ability to capture important data, analyze data and report appropriate conclusions: able to identify and address the critical few from the trivial many.

  • Has a solid understanding of regulatory and compliance requirements. (Site specific examples- FAA, EASA, JCAB, CAAC, etc.)

  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge and the utilization of Six Sigma principles, tools and methodology. Leads Six Sigma principles throughout the organization.

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the Woodward PLC process and demonstrated utilization of the quality planning tools (APQP).

  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of APQP, the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) and/or First Article Inspection (FAI) processes. Demonstrates a strong knowledge of process capability concepts, including but not limited to Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques.

  • Strong knowledge of non-conforming material control and material disposition processes.

  • Ability to drive and implement activities to meet customer quality expectations. Ability to identify and execute quality/customer focus strategy for customer accounts. Builds relationships at various levels/functions within the customer.


  • Bachelors (or international equivalent) degree is required. Degree in a related technical field is preferred

  • Green Belt or Black Belt certified (or equivalent CI/RCCA certification) preferred

  • Lead auditor certification is preferred.


  • Minimum 5 years of quality, engineering, machine shop, assembly or functional testing experience required.

  • Minimum 5 years of Quality Management Systems experience, including experience related to document management, internal and/or external audits, nonconforming material control, and root cause and corrective action processes, is required.

  • Demonstrates strong computer skills including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of MS Project and Visio a plus.


  • Moderate physical activity requiring agility and dexterity, including walking, standing, or bending; and lifting or moving objects up to 20 pounds. Note: Some product lines have heavier lifting requirements due to product type.

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time. (Site Specific)

  • Work is performed in an area with moderate risk or discomfort that may require special safety precautions, such as wearing protective clothing or gear.

  • May be required to pass Near vision and/or Color vision examinations

  • Some domestic and/or international travel, as required.

Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company’s innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans


Job: Quality

Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Niles

Organization: Woodward

Schedule: FULL TIME

Shift: 1st Shift / Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 16, 2020, 10:19:18 AM

Req ID: 2001042