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Quality Assurance Specialist
Longenecker & Associates (L&A), a woman owned small business, has provided technical and management support to the Nuclear Energy Industry for over 30+ years. L&A is teamed with Granite Construction Corporation (GCC) to provide Quality Oversight on the $1B+ Spent Fuel Handling Recapitalization Project (SFHP). The SFHP will construct large reinforced concrete structures for the Department of Energy (DOE) Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) located approximately 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, ID. L&A seeks a Quality Assurance Specialist to join L&A’s Quality team to support this assignment and future endeavors within L&A’s portfolio.
L&A will provide quality oversight on the first phase of SFHP, which is estimated to be completed by March 2023.
L&A offers competitive salaries, full medical benefits, and a generous 401K plan. Our quality team members will be eligible for a monthly living allowance of $1,000/month, plus housing, not to exceed $3000 total. Due to the location of the work site, L&A will provide a daily allowance of $70 for reimbursement of travel when using your personal vehicle to travel from lodging to project site. Team members will be authorized reimbursement for one trip home per month not to exceed $1,000.
L&A is unconditionally committed to mission success and the well-being of employees, the nation and the environment. Our team members are passionate about building a healthier environment for generations to come. We are a community that interfaces and effectively communicates with all levels of management and government. If you have a passion for excellence, seek opportunities to engage in mission critical work, and consistently exceed expectations, apply now to join our professional family.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Quality Assurance Specialist will work under the direction of the Quality Manager.
Your role as a Quality Assurance Specialist will include:
• Providing the Corrective Actions Program Supervisor support to improve effective implementation of Corrective Actions
• Performing oversight activities: Audits, Surveillances, Independent Assessments, and Management Assessments
• Providing NQA-1 expertise to drive improvement to the compliance, awareness/ understanding, and effective implementation of upper-tier requirements, the Project Quality Control Plan, and implementing procedures
• Engaging in effective communications with the Document Control, Corrective Action Programs, and the entire team
• Identifying, analyzing and effectively communicating issues and opportunities for improvement from multiple sources (incl. observations, oversight activities, performance data, metrics, indicators, trends, causal analyses, event investigations)
• Supporting Lessons Learned and Continuous Improvement Initiatives such as Rapid Improvement or Lean Events

While effectively collaborating with other team members, your role will be commensurate with your experience and extend across the breadth and depth of the QA Program described above. A typical day is fast paced, you will be multi-tasking, prioritizing, and completing activities in many areas, including with project management while at the same time contributing to longer term programmatic improvements.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and at least 10 years of demonstrated and relevant experience. 15 years relevant experience in lieu of degree
• 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Thorough understanding and knowledge of Quality Assurance Systems (ASME NQA-1 and DOE O 414.1D (preferred), or ISO: 9001)
• Knowledge of Quality Standards, CFR’s, Government Orders, and other industry specifications
• Expert oral and written communication and ability to interact with all levels of organization, suppliers, vendors, and customers
• Adaptable and flexible, work as part of a team
• Proficient with Microsoft office
• Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently
• Ability to work in a diverse work environment
• Demonstrable ability to fulfill and promote L&A core values.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• NQA-1 Lead Auditor /Auditor Qualification, or ability to obtain
• Knowledge of nuclear construction projects
• Strong skills to identify quality-affecting issues and risks
• Demonstrated ability to understand and implement quality and lean methodologies
• Experience developing, analyzing, and reporting metrics / performance measures
• Lean / Six Sigma certification

LOCATION
Idaho Falls, ID

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Successful candidates will be able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation. This job posting reflects management’s assignment of essential functions and the descriptions listed do not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
As an L&A employee, you will be eligible for a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including healthcare (medical and dental), 401K plan, and paid time off. We believe in investing in our employees beyond compensation and as an L&A employee, you will have access to in-house training, career pathing, mentoring, award programs, tuition reimbursement and much more.

L&A is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran.



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