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Sr. Manager, Quality & Mission Assurance

Orange, Virginia

Job ID 11615
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L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title: Sr. Manager, Quality & Mission Assurance

Job Code: 11615

Job Location: Orange, VA

Job Schedule: 9/80, Employees work 9 out of every 14 days – totaling 80 hours worked – and have every other Friday off

Job Description:

Aerojet Rocketdyne an L3Harris Technologies Company is seeking a Senior Manager of Quality & Mission Assurance to serve as the quality leader for our Orange, VA site.  This site is our center of excellence for solid rocket motor propulsion and energetics development as well as high-complexity production programs. This role requires a dynamic technical leader with a proven track record of leading change, inspiring others, and challenging the status quo. This position will be responsible for leading all aspects of quality throughout the product lifecycle. This includes development, implementation and leadership of strategies that will directly impact the successful zero-defect, on-time delivery of all products meeting contractual quality and performance requirements. This role is responsible for consistently providing customer satisfaction, both with internal and external customers, focusing on early engagement to deliver customer quality requirements.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership, direction and support to the various Quality Assurance teams (Quality Engineering, Receiving Inspection, In-process and Final Inspection, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Metrology and Quality Management Systems) to ensure deliverables are produced to meet quality standards set by government, regulatory, customer and L3Harris corporate requirements.

  • Responsible for resolving technical challenges, ensuring successful tactical execution, as well as creating and implementing the strategic vision for the quality department.

  • Develop and implement quality initiatives and programs promoting sound and effective principles as set forth in company procedures, customer requirements and government standards, and ensure that the department conforms to these principles.

  • Champion, lead, and support the execution of key strategic, corporate, and/or customer driven initiatives including:

    • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

    • Zero Defect Planning (ZDP)

    • Operational Excellence

    • Continuous Improvement

  • Develop and support site and functional strategic alignment.

  • Collect and analyze key quality measures such as cost of poor quality to develop zero defect plans, improve yields and reduce rework during engineering and manufacturing efforts.

  • Report to senior leadership on business performance including action plans to improve business execution and status of strategic initiatives.

  • Ensure product quality technology is an integral part of engineering design and manufacturing processes.

  • Promote a strong culture of quality focused on the engagement of every employee enhancing the customer satisfaction through rigorous attention to detail and prevention of defects.

  • Work closely with the program teams and the functional organizations to ensure that all phases of the customer life cycle, from early customer involvement through post-delivery support, meet the requirements for mission success.

  • Ensure the maintenance of quality records that document the quality status of material/products and provide necessary information for internal and external reviews.

  • Maintain certification and compliance efforts for AS9100 and other required certifications.

  • Lead robust root cause analysis, application of lean/six sigma methods and implementation of corrective and preventative actions.

  • Measure, monitor, and take action to ensure quality-focused key performance indicator targets are achieved or exceeded.

  • Execute yearly departmental budget and staffing plans.

  • Requires up to 10% business travel to Missile Solutions Headquarters in Huntsville, AL.

  • Ability to obtain a US Secret Security Clearance.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 12 years of prior Quality experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 10 years of prior related quality experience. In lieu of a degree, minimum of 16 years of prior related quality experience.

  • 5 or more years of experience directly managing a Quality Engineering or Quality Organization.

  • 5 or more years managing site certification with AS9100, ISO 9001.


Preferred Additional Skills:

  • BS in an Engineering or Management related discipline.  Master’s in engineering or Business.

  • Quality experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry.

  • Knowledge of engineering and production processes used to design, develop and produce solid rocket propellant systems and sub-systems.

  • Experience with drawing interpretation and GD&T.

  • Experience with hands-on mechanical and electronic inspection techniques.

  • ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.

  • Experience working with DCMA and government contracts.

  • Experience identifying nonconformance and applying prevention utilizing formal tools such, DMAIC, FMEA, 8D, 5Y etc. and applying Lean techniques such as Standard Work and Value Stream Mapping.

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma and LEAN manufacturing principles.

  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Minitab.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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