Sandia National Laboratories Quality Systems Professional (Experienced) in Livermore, California
Lead the Nuclear Weapons teams in systems level quality management and develop out-of-the-box solutions.
Establishes and oversees key aspects of the institution's quality program improvement efforts, such as developing and administrating elements of the program, training and coaching employees, and driving change throughout the organization. Is a champion and change agent for high quality results institution-wide. Responsible for establishing and deploying strategic plans, policies, processes, procedures, and tools at the institutional level so quality improvement efforts will meet or exceed internal and external customers' needs and expectations.
-Leads team efforts to establish and monitor quality program deployment initiatives and provides input and criteria for development of measurement systems to determine organizational performance improvement. -Obtains information on the attitudes and practices of quality throughout the institution to aid in formulating and implementing an environment of continual improvement in achieving performance results. -Establishes and deploys strategic plans, policies, processes, procedures, and tools at the institutional level that drive quality improvement efforts to meet or exceed internal and external customers' needs and expectations. -Applies professional judgment in determining optimal application of quality management practices in the design, development, deployment, and execution of innovative quality related systems. -Provides innovative approaches to solve complex problems by developing quality related plans and strategies for areas such as requirements infrastructure, work planning, and documentation. -Uses various means to understand customers' requirements, such as design reviews and outreach learning and mentoring. -Translates requirements (including contractual, regulatory, customer and external industry benchmark/certification) into quality management system related processes, tools, and practices. -Designs and deploys processes and tools to meet customer requirements. -Leads efforts to develop and document verification and validation methods for measuring effectiveness throughout all phases of operations and production. -Leads quality assurance, causal analysis and resolution, preventive action analysis, measurement, and data analysis and trending related activities for systemic issues based on a defect prevention methodology implemented through Plan-Do-Check-Act. -Provides expertise in quality related practices that detect and prevent defects in all phases of work. -Based on requirements defines and establishes effectiveness measures and metrics to ensure consistent and predictable delivery of work related products and services.
-Ability to solve complex problems in the absence of clear direction and initial understanding, and satisfy U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories quality related requirements and expectations. -Knowledge of quality principles including change management, project management and configuration management processes and methodologies. -Experience in applying Quality Tools (e.g., RCA, Statistics, Lean methodology, Six Sigma). -Diverse experience in technical, management, or operational support functions, often external to Sandia. -Demonstrated knowledge in performance-based management or a quality discipline. -Ability to facilitate uncompromising, high-quality standards while maintaining effective working relationships. -Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external personnel, including the ability to build effective working relationships and build and lead diverse teams across the laboratories. -Experience auditing, assessing, and improving quality processes and systems including the use of appreciative inquiry. -Ability to track, analyze, and identify trends in data to detect areas of risk and systemic issues, and provide effective solutions. -Ability to identify and implement process improvements while adhering to standards and raising expectations. -Ability to write and maintain master project schedules. -Strong oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Requires Bachelor's degree (preferably engineering, managment systems, quality engineering, industrial engineering, systems engineeing or related discipline) plus 8 or more years of experience; or Master's degree in relevant discipline plus 5 or more years experience; or Doctorate in relevant discipline plus 3 or more years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
Experience delivering cost reduction and quality improvement initiatives while maintaining safe, secure operations
Experience with implementing Quality Management Systems (e.g., ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001, AS9100, DOE O 414.1D, and NAP-24) and Quality Systems audit practices
Experience with defect prevention and Lean Six Sigma methodologies
Change-agent focus on increasing the value of the quality management system to the customer
Prior management or formal team leadership experience that required critical thinking to overcome ambiguity to set long-term strategic intentions.
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including audience awareness
Experience applying innovative approaches to the integration of functions across a corporate organization
Financial and business savvy coupled with the ability to analyze metrics
Confident ability to prioritize projects and make quick, sound decisions
Proven ability to collaborate with business and technical functions, and assume responsibility for resolving complex issues
Ability to communicate a compelling purpose, drive change cross-organizationally, and inspire and motivate people
Integrative thinker with demonstrated ability to solve complex, multi-faceted problems with due consideration for business and strategic consequences
Willingness and ability to drive continuous improvement in support of safety, security, quality, delivery, and cost initiatives
You will work in the Performance and Quality Assurance Department and support site wide governance, contractor (performance) assurance (DOE O 226.1B) and quality assurance (DOE O 414.1D and 10 CFR 830, Subpart A) planning, compliance, implementation, monitoring, performance and vendor assessments, problem resolution, corrective actions development and follow up, and training for projects, programs, and facilities.
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- Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
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Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
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