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Sr. Quality Engineer* at 3M in Brookings, South Dakota

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description:

Sr. Quality Engineer

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 93,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“A long-lasting career at 3M comes from having vision, imagination and the ability to see what doesn’t exist. 3Mers are groundbreaking innovators and it’s important that we give every person the space for disruptive and creative thinking.” – John Banovetz, senior vice president and chief technology officer at 3M 

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this Role
The person hired for this opportunity will provide quality engineering leadership and support to marketed Tegaderm products, identify and lead and drive Right First Time and complaint reductions projects, represent the customer, and use data to identify issue root causes and corrective actions.  MSD is an exciting growth business within 3M's Health Care portfolio and a market leader in many product categories. MSD operates in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated environment with an excellent brand and quality reputation.

The Sr. Quality Engineer will partner and interact significantly with other cross functional team members.  This position can provide a great opportunity to learn, grow, and develop as an employee.

As a Sr. Quality Engineer, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Brookings plant quality engineer responsible for assuring quality of manufactured Tegaderm products manufactured for the Dressings and Securement Devices platform.

  • Leading and coordinating proactive Right First Time improvement tasks and projects.

  • Leading and coordinating proactive complaint reduction tasks and projects.

  • Leading the root cause investigation, corrections, documentation, and resolution of unplanned quality issues.

  • Team member on product and process change management requests.

  • Investigate and disposition nonconforming material (NCN’s).

  • Reviewing and approving production documentation.

  • Helping lead product usage of BART and vision systems to inspect and test product for quality.

  • Understanding physical and analytical test methods and drive statistically based testing of product.

  • Ensuring compliance to internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and external regulations.

  • Participating in product customer quality (CQI) meetings, trend data, and drive continuous improvement.

  • Leading Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA and BPQN) and Material Review Boards (MRB’s).

  • Representing the customer and help to drive and foster a quality environment and mindset throughout the plant.

Your Skills and Expertise 

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M is looking for (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

  • Two (2) combined years in product, quality, engineering, and/or laboratory/technical experience in a private, public, government or military environment

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Statistics, Chemistry, Microbiology from an accredited institution

  • Four (4) combined years experience working in a product, quality, engineering, microbiology and/or laboratory environment experience in a private, public, government or military environment

  • Previous experience working in an FDA regulated device, combination, or drug environment

  • Strong demonstrated leadership ability and the ability to identify opportunities for improvement and lead teams, drive change, and get things done

  • Previous experience leading QA efforts for marketed products and new product introduction teams

  • Previous manufacturing plant experience

  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, prioritize, and problem solve

  • Statistical knowledge and practice Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R) studies, Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Process Capability, Sampling Plans, Design of Experiments (DOE), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Regression, Process and Product Understanding (PPU), and Lean Manufacturing

  • Test method development and validation experience

  • Minitab and Microsoft Office proficient

Travel:  May include up to 10% domestic

Relocation Assistance:  Is authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain "non-U.S. persons" (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, "Temporary Residents" (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees' U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only.  Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position.  The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company's sole election.

Supporting Your Well-being 

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope. 

Resources for You 

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Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.

3M is an equal opportunity employer.  3M  will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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