Quality Engineer

Engineering (R&D, Industrialization)

Columbus, OH – USA

Permanent full-time

18 June 2024

To apply, please send your resume/CV to Beth.Farrow@ForseePower.com

Forsee Power is expanding in North America. We seek a Quality Engineer for our inaugural North America manufacturing facility near Columbus, Ohio. Join our leadership team and help lead the region’s electromobility transformation!

Forsee Power is a tier-1 industrial group specializing in lithium-ion battery systems for electric vehicle powertrains, primarily, Heavy Electric Vehicles (HEV) such as buses, trucks, off-highway equipment, railway, and Light Electric Vehicles (LEV), such as last-mile, utility and light commercial vehicles, carts, and scooters. From our locations in Europe, Asia and North America, the Group designs, manufactures, supplies, installs, and maintains its smart battery systems using the most robust battery cells on the market. Driven by a keen sense of innovation, customer satisfaction and operational excellence, our team strives to develop solutions that guarantee safety, reliability, durability, and performance for a sustainable energy transition. More than 3,000 buses and 135,000 light electric vehicles are equipped with Forsee Power’s batteries. The Group’s parent company, Forsee Power SA, is listed on the Euronext Paris exchange.

Job Summary

The Quality Engineer is responsible for ensuring product and process integrity from product launch through end of production. You will be accountable for creating processes and documentation that support:  manufacturing, internal and external activities related to development, changes, qualification, optimization as well as product and process certification.  Contribute to continual improvement efforts such as:  lean manufacturing, six-sigma, process error proofing, problem solving/resolution.  In addition to the above, this role will lead Forsee North America’s IATF 16949 documentation/certification activities.

This position will be based in the North America facility in Hilliard, OH and reports to the Site Director, North America.  The Quality Engineer shall perform all duties in a manner consistent with Forsee Power’s Values and Code of Conduct.

Scope of responsibility includes duties customary to the role, such as:

  • Lead and direct internal and external Quality system events such as IATF-16949 audits/certification.
  • Achieve objectives in support of company production, quality, ESG, and safety goals.
  • Work effectively with all associates for continual improvement and implementation of methods, procedures, and policies.
  • Communicate effectively with company personnel, customers, and suppliers.
  • Attend and participate in department meetings, plant meetings, and training; participate in customer visitations and communicate with customer when needed.
  • Promote and practice “safety first” by immediately addressing any hazards, defective equipment, or unsafe conditions.
  • Ensure that customer requirements are incorporated into product manufacturing specifications and lead process risk and failure analysis.
  • This position will manage data, prioritization, reporting, processes, safety, and other items necessary for the team to deliver and support all customer deliveries by Forsee USA.
  • Must work with customer needs and passionate about exceeding their expectations.
  • Responsible for PPAP documentation creation, management, and ongoing updates.
  • Act as the key quality contact for customers during development, and 0km claims.
  • Facilitate the transition from development to production.  Lead the quality deliverables (APQP) through the project stage gate process.
  • Work with regulatory and engineering on the customer market compliance and requirements.
  • Ensure lessons learned are applied to current production and future programs.
  • Lead teams creating process Control Plans and PFMEA’s to ensure product performance, reliability, and manufacturability risks are identified and mitigated.
  • Create and maintain quality documentation, such as Process Flow, PFMEA, Control plans. procedures, receiving inspection plans, etc.
  • Lead quality issue resolution with Root Cause analysis and problem-solving skills; review production issues and articulate proper problem ownership.   Assign Non-Conforming Reports (NCR’s).
  • Travel to suppliers to perform audits, root cause investigation, and countermeasure confirmation.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with all levels or leadership, both internal at Forsee but also external at customers and suppliers.
  • Collaborate and communicate with peers at Forsee manufacturing sites globally to share best practices.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% domestically & internationally must possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport.
  • English fluency, French or Chinese language is a Plus.
  • 2+ years’ experience in a manufacturing environment in a technical role.
  • APQP experience within Automotive/Manufacturing.
  • Strong problem-solving skills supported by structured Root Cause analysis.
  • Experience maintaining or obtaining QMS certification such as ISO, IATF, VDA, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing).
  • Internal Auditor Experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of quality and continuous improvement tools.
  • Ability to use Basic hand tools, precision lab equipment, and measuring devices.
  • Familiarity with conflict resolution, and crisis management techniques.
  • Ability to interpret complex statistical data and draw conclusions, Cpk, DOE, etc.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Autonomous, creative, rigorous, with very good analytical skills.
  • Pro-active and result-oriented.
  • Possesses a personal connection to Forsee Power’s mission.
  • Self-starter with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization and active coordination with other departments.
  • Customer-focused attitude, with a high level of professionalism and discretion.
  • Values diversity of culture, gender, etc.
  • Adaptability and open-mindedness.
  • Operates effectively in a matrix organization.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Strong business acumen a plus.
  • Responsiveness to quickly solve problems and sense of anticipation.
  • Balance rigor and discipline with flexibility and creativity.

Strong candidate likely has:

  • Participated or led ISO / IATF QMS certification.
  • Battery systems experience is highly desirable.
  • Complex electromechanical manufacturing experience.
  • Lean six sigma certification.
  • High ability to quickly adapt and learn complex products and technologies.
  • Resides in or willing to relocate to the greater Columbus, Ohio area (no relocation assistance available).

Physical Requirements

  • Move equipment/product weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to be trained to operate powered electric forklift.
  • Ability to work in manufacturing environment with noise, heat and cold conditions
  • Wear protective clothing and PPE as needed.

Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the U.S.  We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Forsee Power provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Please inform the company’s human resources representative if you need assistance completing this application or otherwise participate in the application process.

*Note: This job description does not state or imply that these are the only duties to be performed by this role. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management.

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