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Quality Engineer

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Location: Peterlee, Durham, United Kingdom
Date Posted: Apr 9, 2020

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Job Description


Job Title: Quality Engineer
Salary: £34,332 - £42,000 
Contract: Permanent
Benefits: 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, 10% Bonus, Share Scheme (50% Company Matched), Contributory Pension Scheme (Contribution double by Company up to 10%), Free Car Parking, Caterpillar Advantage website 
Location: Peterlee, County Durham
Hours: Full Time - 36.50
Travel: Minimal, up to 10% within the UK and Europe
Relocation/Sponsorship: Not supported with this role
Closing Date: Thursday 9th April
Job Reference: 200001KR

Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

Caterpillar Peterlee is the worldwide source of Cat® Articulated Trucks, currently producing a 6-model range used in many industries including mining, construction and aggregates. The facility's manufacturing activities use the latest computer analysis techniques, robotic technology and a state-of-the-art paint plant. Machines from the site are shipped to customers around the world.

Job Purpose:

As a Quality Engineer within Articulated Trucks, you will perform a critical function in the continuous efforts to drive down defects and improve product and process quality within the operational areas of the business. This will include ensuring robust process controls as defined within the CQMS are in place to minimise process variation and drive consistency. A key part of this is working with the area management, manufacturing engineering, supplier quality and process partners to ensure a proactive quality culture is instilled.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

- Collect/analyse quality data and investigate non-conformances to determine permanent resolution
- Execute global quality processes as defined in the Caterpillar QMS
- Provide both reactive and proactive support to value streams within a quality function.
- Provide support for the validation and development of NPI products through value streams prior to and post launch.
- Support the value stream in achieving its agreed quality objectives, administer metrics and provide guidance on improving performance
- Identify, analyse, and resolve product and process non-conformances
- Lead/support long-term/complex investigations as required using proven problem-solving techniques.
- Provide feedback and reports on quality related issues to supervision/management.
- Ensure process controls including documentation are updated, communicated and trained out as required.
- Local process owner for Caterpillar customer acceptance validation (CAV) elements
- Support quality investigations by carrying out specialist testing and validation.
- Support second- and third-party audits on-site.
- Support investigations initiated from field issues and liaise with key stakeholders


NB. The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your qualifications and experience on your CV relevant to the criteria outlined.

Skills, experience & qualifications you will have:

- Knowledge of various quality, engineering, manufacturing and/or maintenance standards and practices.
- Thorough understanding of engineering drawings and standards.
- Strong problem solving and defect resolution skills
- Strong analytical skills
- Sound knowledge of CPS/Lean principles
- Personal computer skills and familiarity with various software packages
- Previous experience in quality investigations and determining root cause and corrective actions to engineering related issues.
- Apprenticeship or equivalent within an engineering discipline.
- Experience in auditing manufacturing processes and their associated systems.
- Good human relations skills including communication and the ability to work as part of a team.
- Support investigations initiated from field issues and liaise with key stakeholders

Skills, experience & qualifications you may have:

- Previous job-related experience
- HNC or above within an engineering discipline or equivalent practical experience.
- CPI/NPI knowledge and experience
- Knowledge of assembly processes would be beneficial
- Previous 6 sigma/DMAIC or project experience.
- Experience of auditing processes against standards.
- Previous experience of CPI (continuous product improvement) work or quality improvement projects related to customer found issues.
- NEBOSH / IOSH qualification and/or previously demonstrated improvements towards safety

Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

To apply for this position please visit Caterpillar Careers ( > Careers > Search and apply > Experienced Professionals > paste the job number from then advert into the search box and then follow the application process. 

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Apr 9, 2020


United Kingdom