Senior Manager, Quality Assurance in Santa Clarita at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 7/9/2019

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We are looking for a Senior Manager, Quality Assurance at our Santa Clarita, California facility. Reporting to the General Manager you will direct, lead and manage a team of 12-15 people that consist of Quality Assurance, Quality Engineering, and Quality Inspections. You will plan, direct and manage all Quality Assurance/Engineering activities for the reporting unit with budget responsibility for the functions managed. The role will involve a lot of high level and complex advisory and consulting work for the company. You will also provide strategic vision and leadership on process improvement, reduction of cost due to poor quality and QA capability/skill improvement. 

To do this, you will be a highly enthusiastic Quality Assurance professional with the drive to continuously drive process/quality improvement and have an open mind to organizational direction as well as possess exceptional communication skills, technical knowledge and presentation abilities. This is your chance to join our center of excellence for hardware level system integration and advanced package design and take a lead role in defining the future of quality for our business. 


  • Provide leadership and foster an environment of successful execution and continuous improvement

  • Evaluate all available tools and needed resources for to ensure state of the art QA capability

  • Establish structure and task-oriented culture in the QA Department centered around task completion and schedule adherence

  • Establish project plans and accountability/ownership for all QA related projects/tasks

  • Implement and own effective FRACAS, CCB, CAR and RCCA process

  • Improve supplier quality performance to 95%+ On-time/On-Quality

  • Reduce MRB aging queue to less than 2 days.

  • Maintain 100% OTD for all CAR closures

  • Travel for in-person meetings with customers, suppliers and partners -- drive and manage all continuous improvement initiatives

  • Direct investigation of equipment failures and difficulties to diagnose faulty operation, make recommendations and drive root cause determination

  • Estimate costs and submit bids for the department

  • Interface with FAA/EASA/DCMA/DCAA and customer source inspection personnel. 

Skills experience: 

  • Seasoned professional with demonstrated leadership experience with 15+ year of QA/QE/Engineering experience with at least 7+ years of management experience.

  • Demonstrated progressively responsible management experience in leading an organization and achieving positive results.

  • Demonstrated ability to interface effectively with customers, management and peers both internally and externally.

  • FAA/EASA regulation understanding and general DoD DCMA/DCAA inspection requirements

  • Strong understanding of RCCA concepts and systematic problem solving skills

  • Excellent communications skills and overall organization knowledge are required to develop plans and policies consistent with Company policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated analytical and attention to details/skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to initiate change and is able to "sell" the organization on change.

  • Proven experience in continuous improvement.

  • Track record of producing results, meeting financial targets, and leading product development teams.

  • Ability to think outside the box and systematically deal with highly dynamic engineering and organizational situations

  • Seasoned manager, comfortable recruiting, coaching, and mentoring highly talented candidates

  • Solid foundation in Quality Assurance and Quality Engineering

  • Strong organization and prioritization skills along with outstanding written and verbal communication skills 


  • Bachelor degree in the technical field (Electrical / Systems / Aerospace Engineering)

  • Master Degree in a technical field and/or MBA is a plus.

This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.

Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.