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Saab Global

Quality Technician

Fareham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 5 June 2024


Saab UK is part of Scandinavia’s largest defence company, bringing together the best of Swedish and British innovation. Saab offers world-leading solutions and services in defence, aviation, space, and civil security to keep people and society safe. Our UK presence has been growing at pace, meaning we can offer a wide range of opportunities for personal fulfilment and career growth. We currently employ over 500 people across eight sites in the UK, and our specialisations include software engineering, underwater robotics, radars, AI, and armed forces training.

As part of the global entity Saab AB, Saab UK combines the innovative spirit of a start-up with the resources and expertise of a larger corporation. Globally, Saab employs over 22,000 people, with operations on every continent. Our partnerships with UK customers and industry mean we are able to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, anticipating the threats of tomorrow. We invest 23% of our annual revenue into research and development, collaborating with a range of partners including industry and academia.

Saab is a company that offers our employees plenty of opportunities for growth and advancement. We embrace diversity and are committed to providing a workplace where individuals can thrive professionally, paving the way for future progression. We also recognise the need for a healthy work-life balance to ensure our staff have the chance to live a fulfilling life beyond the workplace.

Role Overview:

The Manufacturing Quality Technician plays a critical role in an electrical assembly manufacturing company by ensuring adherence to quality standards and procedures throughout the production process. Reporting to the Test & Inspection Team Leader with a dotted line to the Quality Manager, this role involves monitoring and inspecting products at various stages of production, identifying defects, implementing corrective actions, and driving continuous improvement initiatives. The Manufacturing Quality Technician collaborates closely with cross-functional teams to ensure that products meet the highest quality standards and customer expectations.

Key Responsibilities:

Quality Control:

  • Conduct inspections and tests on electrical assemblies, mechanical assemblies and components to ensure compliance with quality standards and specifications.
  • Perform incoming inspection on components, units and manufactured parts to ensure they conform to all relevant drawings and documentation
  • Perform thorough visual and functional checks on finished products, identifying any defects or non-conformities.
  • Utilize measurement tools and equipment to verify product dimensions and specifications.
  • Record and document inspection results, maintaining accurate quality records and reports.

Process Monitoring:

  • Monitor production processes to identify potential quality issues and deviations from established procedures.
  • Collaborate with the production team to implement process controls and corrective actions to prevent quality problems.
  • Conduct periodic audits and checks on production lines to ensure adherence to quality standards and procedures.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations to the Production Manager and Quality Manager on process improvements.

Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions:

  • Investigate and analyse product failures, non-conformities, and customer complaints to determine root causes.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to implement corrective actions and preventive measures.
  • Maintain documentation of root cause analysis and corrective actions, ensuring timely completion and effectiveness.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Participate in quality improvement projects and initiatives to enhance manufacturing processes and product quality.
  • Identify areas for process optimization and efficiency gains to minimize defects and rework.
  • Collaborate with the Quality Manager and Production Manager to develop and implement quality improvement strategies.
  • Stay updated with industry trends and advancements in quality management practices.

Training and Support:

  • Provide training and guidance to production operators on quality standards, inspection techniques, and defect prevention.
  • Support the development and implementation of quality training programs for production personnel.
  • Assist in resolving quality-related issues and answering queries from production teams.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proven experience as a Quality Technician in a manufacturing environment, preferably in electrical assembly.
  • Strong knowledge of quality control techniques, inspection methods, and root cause analysis.
  • Familiarity with quality standards and regulatory requirements relevant to electrical assembly manufacturing.
  • Proficiency in using measurement tools and equipment.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy in conducting inspections and documenting findings.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Familiarity with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma concepts is a plus.