Platform Quality Lead - 275/VGF Engines

Manufacturing Welland, Ontario L3B 5N4, Canada


Role Summary

The 275/VGF Platform Quality Lead will directly oversee and lead quality initiatives directly related to the Waukesha VHP product line. This includes managing the quality discipline supported by all relevant company functions related to engineering, sourcing and services, to ensure all product quality defects and non-conformities are tracked, actionized and resolved in a timely manner.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for launch and change control of relevant platform developments, including the release of new engines in the 275/VGF line
  • Accountable for Quality Key Performance Indicators relevant to the 275/VGF engine platform
  • Leading issue screening and continuous improvement processes
  • Driving quality plans and meeting production targets
  • Performing both servicing and packaging audits
  • Managing and controlling 275/VGF quality costs that are supported by management
  • Lead and champion Product Quality Issue Management (PQIM) reviews and lead and facilitating root cause analysis and corrective/preventive actions
  • Perform field failure and reliability analysis based on product performance in the field to identify top field failure modes and drive resolution through cross functional teams to meet or exceed customer defect targets.
  • Promote 6 Sigma Lean integration by promoting the strength of both methods to achieve business goals
  • Leading and be a team member on multiple projects simultaneously within stringent time constraints, using discretion and independent judgment with the ability to maintain a good working relationship with all co-workers, stakeholders and clients


  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited university with a preference in Engineering or equivalent educational background with work experience in an industrial environment
  • Exposure working with new product development of combustion engines or similar industrial products
  • Experience with product management of high expense and complex technical products
  • Solid Lean, continuous improvement and root cause analysis background with prior process improvement assignments
  • Certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma
  • Familiarity with product Quality and Reliability methodologies including, MTBF, FMEA, Causal Effects Analysis, 8D, 5 Whys etc.
  • Excellent written/oral communication and interpersonal skills, customer focused, enthusiastic.
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Desired Characteristics

  • Team player with proven mentoring and coaching abilities, demonstrated ability to motivate, inspire others and drive change within the organization to meet on team goals/objectives.
  • Proven facilitation and team leading skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively across functions, prior experience of developing and leading a team or significant multidisciplinary project.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to identify and explain critical issues.
  • Unyielding Integrity & Credibility
  • Readiness for continuous improvement on your personal skills & on using Lean & Six Sigma Tools