POSITION SUMMARY: Serves as company expert in defining and developing quality standards for receiving, in-process, and final inspection in accordance with company and contractual requirements. Interfaces with customers, vendors, and various company departments to resolve quality problems and provide information. Provides management with feedback on inspection and test trends, returns, and vendor performance. Provides work leadership to lower level employees. RESPONSIBILTIES: Leads and coordinates activities with cross functional teams to achieve and ensure that quality standards are met within a Quality Management System. Investigates and establishes causes for repetitive or excessive discrepancies using problem solving and statistical process control techniques. Evaluates engineering drawings and specifications for adequacy as it applies to processes, material and product. Devises and implements methods and procedures for inspection, testing and evaluating the precision and accuracy of products and production equipment. Designs and evaluates inspection requirements and make appropriate adjustments to processes and procedures. Evaluates adequacy of tooling, metrics, methods, machines, materials, process capability and training utilized in producing conforming parts. Applies expert level test methodology, engineering and product knowledge in the design of tests and testing strategies for the analysis and qualification of products. Defines and tracks quality assurance metrics such as defect densities and open defect counts. Communicates significant issues or developments identified during quality assurance activities and provides recommended process improvements to management. Prepares reports to communicate involvement and results of quality assurance activities. Prepares and presents technical and program information to team members and management. Reviews technical and performance specifications, quality levels, sampling plans, and inspections procedures. Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service. Provides leadership to lower level employees. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Typically requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and 10 to 12 years of quality engineering experience are required. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Normal demands associated with an office environment. Ability to work on computer for long periods, and communicate with individuals by telephone, email and face to face. Some travel may be required.