LMI Aerospace Senior Director of Quality in St. Charles, Missouri

Position Title

Senior Director of Quality

Position Summary

Reporting to Chief Operating Officer for LMI Aerospace, this position will set the strategic direction and leadership for LMI Aerostructures Quality Management System. The Senior Director of Quality will be responsible for establishing and maintaining the LMI Quality System for Aerostructures and ensuring that it is followed and maintained at all facilities. This responsibility includes the Corporate Quality and Supplier Quality Department, as well as the Quality Managers at each manufacturing and design site to achieve world class supplier performance.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include the management of the strategic direction for quality, approvals for ISO9001/AS9100 and Customer Quality Systems, Nadcap Special Process approvals, and Customer interface and relationship management. As a member of the Operations Leadership Team, the position requires the development of a quality strategy focusing on a preventive action culture and increasing levels of quality performance through daily influence with the Corporate Team, Center of Excellence Leaders; Site General Managers, and Functional leaders. This role requires regular direct interface with internal and external customers and detailed planning and execution of strategy, goals and objectives to meet the overall business strategy and quality vision.

This individual will ensure that the quality organization is contributing to the long and short-term strategies of LMI. This person will at all times model LMI values and principles and act in a manner consistent with the LMI Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

Required Skills/Competencies

  • Collaborates with direct reports to establishing a common quality vision, culture, structure and management system within Aerostructures.

  • Promote and sustain quality as an element of superior business performance.

  • Lead and instill a sense of urgency for product and process improvement to meet the customer requirements.

  • Provide leadership to the Quality Directors and quality employees across the organization to build an effective team and processes that support a diverse mix of products, including SQA, that incorporates the innovative needs of the business.

  • Collaborates with team to establish reports and KPI’s to share with senior leaders and to put effective action plans in place as it relates to scrap, rework, performance on quality audit’s, etc.

  • Maintain close coordination through visits and personal contact with Centers of Excellence Leaders and Site General Managers.

  • Keeps current with knowledge of best practices and innovations in quality and inspection methods in the aerospace and similar industries.

  • Has ownership of the LMI Aerostructures Quality System Management Review (QSMR).

  • Develops close working relationship with customers and suppliers to assure quality performance is aligned with expectations.

  • Drive efforts to manage and improve supplier performance.

  • Reviews and makes decisions based on performance data and status presentations to LMI executive management, customers and/or suppliers, as required.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Strong familiarity with AS9100 quality system requirements and the practical application in production and support operations.

  • General knowledge of NADCAP requirements for special processes and the certification process.

  • Practical experience in aerospace manufacturing processes related to building sheet metal components, machined components and/or assemblies.

  • The ability to manage a diverse staff while developing skills and abilities of subordinates, as well as providing training and development opportunities on an ongoing basis.

  • Ability to work in a high pace environment with multiple priorities.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative and participative, team oriented environment, working with customers (both internal and external), suppliers, all employees, and others in a professional manner. Models and reinforces appropriate LMI behavior as outlined in the LMI ethics and values statement.

  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and present general business and technical materials, specifically with respect to quality systems and processes

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret, understand, and deal with abstract and concrete variables at the same time.

  • Provides clear and professional communication orally and in writing, as well as direct communication with Customers and Regulatory Agencies. Must be able to prepare and present information to large and small groups, and to employees, management and the Facilitates team improvement activities spanning multiple processes, diverse cultural teams, and various geographical areas

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree in quality management, manufacturing, engineering, operations or other related degree is required.

Experience Required

Minimum of 7 years of progressive quality management experience in the aerospace industry with multi-site environment preferred. Experience in an aerostructures environment; machining, fabrication, processing, and/or assembly is highly preferred. Experience with lean manufacturing tools and continuous improvement methods. Demonstrated leadership and management skills are required.

Physical/Work Requirements

Physical Requirements: Must be able to sit for extended periods of time at a desk working and/or attending meetings with periodic breaks. Must be able to move throughout the office and/or manufacturing area and talk, hear or otherwise communicate with employees, management, customers, suppliers and others. May occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment: Normal work environment is a typical office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. Required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when on the shop floor.

Travel Required

Yes, 30% of Time Traveling

LMI is an equal employment opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, LMI provides access and opportunities to those with disabilities. This includes providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who seek to access the company’s online application system. If an applicant is unable to fully access the online application system, LMI will provide a reasonable accommodation. Applicants with disabilities may contact us at 636-916-2400 for assistance accessing the on-line application system. Callers should have a detailed description of the requested accommodation, their name and preferred method of contact ready for LMI‘s Human Resources Department. LMI will make every effort to respond within two (2) business days. This phone number is not for the general submission of application materials.

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LMI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer

Who we are

LMI is a world-class leader in designing, building and manufacturing aerospace structures, systems and components for commercial, business and regional, and military aerospace customers. We employ more than 1,800 engineering, manufacturing and testing experts in 22 locations throughout the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. Our integrated team approach and full life cycle of capabilities enable our employees to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities for career growth within our organization.