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Product and Supplier Quality Engineer Zep Solar 8/18/2016

SolarCity San Rafael, CA

Company
SolarCity
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
R-16291
AJE Ref #
575917497
Location
San Rafael, CA
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

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SOLARCITY employees are driven by our mission to provide clean energy to families across the U.S. and inspired to truly save the planet one home or business at a time. Beyond a welcoming atmosphere, SolarCity employees also work together to create an extremely positive and inspiring culture that brings in top talent, keeps drive and motivation high, and makes everyone excited to come to work each day. Do you want to be part of the SolarCity team? Apply today and join the movement!





JOB DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW

In this key and influential role the successful candidate will create, perform and coordinate quality/inspection activities with a focus on Zep Solar Product and Technology offerings as well as SolarCity and Zep Solar suppliers, technology licensees and other 3rd parties. In doing so s/he will devise and implement methods and procedures to inspect, test, and evaluate the reliability, performance and the associated processes of products in the Product Development Life Cycle (PDLC) of Zep offerings and from various licensees and component suppliers. S/he will need to actively participate in Zep Product Teams in the PDLC and witness Zep Compatible modules, ground mount modules, BOS and other components in production to provide verification of product compliance with specifications.



In addition, the successful candidate will assist in development of specifications for Zep products as well as any purchased components, working in partnership with Solar City purchasing partners. With 3rd parties, s/he will ensure that contracts include reference to meeting all supplier quality specifications and procedures as the condition of doing business. S/he will also study product field failures to create pareto of issues, understand root causes and work with Zep stakeholders and suppliers to address and drive issues to zero.



Essential to the effective delivery in this role is success in helping to move the Technical Operations team and Zep overall toward efficient, scalable and predictable technology collaboration and the Product Development Life Cycle (PDLC) flow. This will be achieved through impactful Quality activities while retaining true flexibility in an innovation driven culture.

RESPONSIBILITIES

PRODUCT QUALITY Responsibilities:

Devise and implement methods and procedures for inspecting, testing, and evaluating the reliability and performance of products and processes for Zep and SolarCity
Act as a key member of the HiP team for assigned projects
Complete and establish Quality Plan requirements as outlined by Quality team in the HiP projects, such as print GD&T review, review/feedback on Critical Dimensions or aspects on prints, Inspection check sheet preparation, Measuring system plan, FAI process instruction and completion, MSA, Pre-production plan, process control plan, Production ramp up plan and sample inspections, Inline critical dimension/aspect checks, self-certification of suppliers.
Create and maintain company quality documentation, such as quality manuals, quality procedures, etc.
Work with TO team members to perform FMEAs and PFMEAs on new products. May lead some projects FMEAs as necessary
Maintain PLM status for Quality certifications and inspections

SUPPLIER QUALITY Responsibilities:

Perform and coordinate quality/inspection activities with Solar City or ZEP suppliers, technology licensees and other 3rd parties
Evaluate production of modules, Inverters, Module level electronics, BOS, other components, and provide verification of product compliance with specifications
Develop specifications for any purchased components working together with SC Purchasing. Ensure that contracts include reference to meeting all supplier quality specifications and procedures as condition of doing business
Write quality specifications for product specific needs as required
Study product field failures to create pareto of issues, understand root causes, work with suppliers to address and drive issues to zero
Perform pre-shipment inspections of modules, Inverters, Batteries, Module level electronics, other BOS at supplier locations
Coordinate with Zep Technical Operations, SolarCity, and suppliers relating to quality performance, trends, and corrective action
Track supplier performance and optimize Inspection frequency based on dpm outcome
Verify compliance and effectiveness of supplier quality systems by performing supplier audits and surveys
Initiate programs to improve supplier performance including supplier survey and supplier corrective action programs
Implement best practices through training with supplier for enhanced quality systems
Insure proper certification and testing completion prior to each phase of production
Responsible for the specification and validation of inspection tools and gages for suppliers
Handle process improvements at supplier facilities backed up by SPC data (Cp, CpK, P Chart, Xbar, etc.)
Ensure timely resolution of supplier failure, corrective actions and preventive actions. Drive resolution through weekly meetings with supplier
Manage suppliers performance and conduct audits
Prepare QA reports on a timely basis


QUALIFICATIONS

Degree in Quality/Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or related field
Knowledge of metrology, GD&T standards, Aesthetics, Finishes
Knowledge of electrical systems, electronics, and failure modes of electronics
3+ years of experience in quality engineering in a related industry
Analytical skills using Excel, JMP, SPC. Versed in problem solving techniques
Must be a self-starter and adaptable to a rapidly changing environment
Candidate should reside in Bay area
Ability to travel to local and international suppliers, including to China, may be required
Ability to speak, read or write in Chinese desired, but not required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
Excellent customer service skills required
Regular, reliable and predictable attendance required
Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal screen







BENEFITS FOR FULL-TIME POSITIONS

Competitive compensation with many positions incentivized

Paid training with the nation s leader in solar power

Full benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance

Attractive vacation, sick and holiday pay

401(k) savings plan for eligible positions

Employee referral program

Some positions eligible for equity

Career path opportunities for top performers





SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.





SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.