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Quality Assurance Engineer-Southwest

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Our client, a trusted government contractor across multiple DOE sites, is a small business yet has expanded at an accelerating rate in the last several years. They have an excellent reputation and value honesty, integrity, safety, and security above all else. The client specializes in the Nuclear industry including the energy and defense sectors.
The Quality Assurance Engineer Program will lead and assess that N3B’s organizational culture, safety culture and safety conscious work environment (workers feel free to bring up issues) are in complete alignment. The three critical organizational elements needed to fully align these cultures are Leadership, Engaged Employees and continuous Organizational Learning. Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) manages the 10-year, $1.38 billion Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management, Los Alamos Field Office.
What you will be doing:
Guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of processes, procedures and applications contributing to the overall objectives of maintaining an effective quality program.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):
• While working to achieve N3B objectives, ensures all activities and operations are performed in a safe and deliberate manner; maintains required safety, security and operational training; assures procedural and regulatory compliance; and makes safety, security and quality an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security
• Determines and defines project -wide quality assurance/quality control objectives and assignments
• Provides technical expertise and initiative in identifying areas to which quality assurance practices may be introduced and enhanced to ensure objectives are compliantly met
• Provides oversight of specific QA plans, assessment support to line managers, supplier evaluation scheduling and coordination; pre-evaluation; notification; reporting; corrective action; and documentation
• Ensures quality assurance results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements
• Follows up on actions taken in response to audit findings to assure adequacy of completed corrective actions, providing recommendations on best practices to effectively address the findings
• May direct and assist other quality engineers, quality specialists, and technical specialists in the planning, conduct, and reporting of vendor and internal independent assessments, surveillances, and audits
• Prepares, reviews, receives, indexes, classifies, and transmits administrative and QA records
• Plans and conducts analysis, inspection, design, and testing activities
• Reviews and approves inspections reports; initiates, validates and closes non-conformance reports
• Develops institutional QA training programs and methods of training for effective implementation of QA programs; prepares and trains others as needed
• Serves as an assessor or lead assessor
About you:
• Bachelors’ degree in appropriate discipline; however, a combination of education and relevant experience wherein the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the position’s duties and responsibilities have been adequately demonstrated is acceptable
• Complete understanding and knowledge of NQA-1 requirements and applicable DOE and EM QA policies and requirements
• Experience with Oversight Techniques DOE 414.1D and ANSI N45.2
• Demonstrated experience in metrics reporting and development
• Experience with Software Configuration Management
• SME Software Quality Assurance knowledge and requirement compliance
• Demonstrated experience related to essential duties
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must meet the eligibility requirements for a DOE Access Authorization (DOE Q Clearance), if necessary
Desired skills
• Broad expertise and knowledge of environmental remediation and waste management projects and associated technical concerns
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact constructively with all levels of N3B management, subject matter experts and external agencies
• Proven strong analytical skills to perform assessments and identify and evaluate quality-affecting issues and risks that could impede N3B from meeting objectives and requirements
• Ability to uses independent judgment for determining course of action
• Skill and ability to independently develop and administer schedules and assessment requirements, and to integrate them into systems
• Ability to lead and support audit and inspection efforts to identify and assess quality issues, deficiencies and potential non-compliances
• Additional characteristics of high potential candidate include: technical guidance, self-motivated, interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail, and issue identification skills
• The career level of the position will be determined by the years of relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities; after a candidate has been chosen




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