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Engineering Quality Engineer

Thales

Templecombe, United Kingdom

Engineering Quality Engineer
As the European number one in defence electronics and the world number two in defence radio communications, Thales is a leading name in the global defence and security markets. In addition to equipping over 40 naval forces across the globe, we have a proud 125-year heritage here in the UK. Today that is represented in our key role delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier and our provision of advanced radio equipment to all of the Royal Navy’s surface combatants.

Mission:
Responsible for the implementation of the Quality Assurance function within the disciplines of Systems Engineering; Hardware and Software, to support the implementation of the Thales Quality policy within the Business.
Ultimately, the Engineering Quality Engineer shall support the Business to deliver products and services that are fit for purpose and meet customer requirements.

Key Tasks And Accountabilities
• Provide timely independent assessment of lifecycle design review inputs, entry and exit criteria.
• Define and approve tailoring of the Quality and Engineering policies in Engineering Management and Quality Plans.
• Provide independent authority during validation / verification activities.
• Conduct regular analysis of Engineering data / metrics and initiate improvement as applicable.
• Interface with other Quality functions to ensure the implementation of best practice.
• Identify, develop and implement Continuous and business improvements opportunities that contribute to the Engineering objectives and the strategic business performance plan.
• Systematically perform Quality audits and surveillance activities in accordance with the Company Reference system and Contract and Regulatory requirements.
• Promote and support the achievement of Quality within the Business, ensuring that all managers and staff are utilising the Group Reference system (Chorus) and the specifics as relevant to the engineering discipline and their roles and responsibility in its operation.
• Govern and sentence delivery documentation specific to the Engineering delivery.

Principle Relationships
Engineering Quality Engineers are integral to the overall development, delivery and success of the function.

The jobholder will have to typically interact with:
o Engineering Team Leaders
o Engineering and Technical Management teams
o Business Quality Management team
o Country Quality teams

Experience

• Experience in a related Engineering and/or Quality environment with participation in change management.
• Preferable background in Mechanical Engineering.
• Proven capability in auditing and process development
• Knowledge of Industry, Defence, Quality and Engineering Standards and Processes and be familiar with MoD contractual requirements for Quality Assurance

Education & Qualifications
• Degree qualification or equivalent.
• Related Professional Qualification and Membership of Associations.

Personality / Behaviours
• Strong disciplined approach to process
• Ready and willing to respond to change in direction to keep things moving forward
• Quick learner – open mind receptive to change
• Willingness to challenge the status quo and improve on the standard
• Self motivated
• Team Player with good self and other awareness
• Ability to plan and organise workload to achieve deadlines
• Good communicator with strong negotiation and influencing skills.
• Responsible and accountable for objectives to which they commit themselves.
• A drive for business culture transformation and a desire to develop a continuous change culture

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