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Philips APQP Regional Lead - NA in Bothell, Washington

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In this role, you have the opportunity to

Provide guidance and implement strategies that drive product quality and continuous improvement (being one of three SQA Regional APQP Leads representing either the EMEA,APAC or Americas Region and being an important member of the Global SQA team).

Key areas of responsibilities (KARS) for this role include:

  • This role will assume the Regional BPE (Business Process Expert) mantle for the APQP process, and will be responsible for the regional implementation of the global APQP strategy, coordination and measurement of APQP activities at within the Philips businesses and at Suppliers, ensuring an effective implementation of the APQP process within SQ

  • A significant emphasis is placed on coaching, mentoring and competency development to ensure effective execution of the cross-functional aspects of the APQP process, as well as the APQP deliverables, at the project team level within the businesses

  • As a Subject Matter Expert, provide advice and direction to personnel undertaking APQP activities with our Suppliers or at our manufacturing locations

  • Collaborate with and influence other stakeholder groups within Philips to ensure the quality and timely inputs required to effectively execute the APQP process

  • Support ongoing development and delivery of training programs that will ensure the necessary application and compliance to the APQP process requirements

  • As one of 3 Regional Leads (EMEA,APAC and Americas regions) you will contribute to the ongoing development/improvement of the APQP process, including alignment and integration with the Company’s quality management system requirements

  • Ensure the APQP process complies with all necessary Regulatory Standards including the European Medical Device Directive, ISO 13485 and ISO 14971 and relevant FDA QSR or international regulated body requirements – within Philips, and at Suppliers

  • Lead, manage & execute specialized projects and their designated resources as required, focused on the reduction of risk in our suppliers manufacturing processes (e.g., facilitating APQP aspects of Supplier Quality Improvement (SQIP) projects)

  • Participate in various forums (e.g., project phase gate reviews, APQP workshops, etc) to oversee the correct application of the APQP process, drive actions and take decisions to ensure quality from our Suppliers

  • Act as Regional escalation point for SQ personnel who experience difficulties in implementation or execution of APQP responsibilities

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • Bachelor/Master (preferably in engineering or science)

  • 4-6 years’ experience in either a Quality, NPI or Continuous Improvement function within a large matrix organization

  • Experience in the deployment and use of APQP within a structured, phase gated product development project management process

  • Experience in a regulated area (Medical Device, Pharma, Automotive, Aerospace, Food) is preferred

  • Experience with quality systems, quality tools and methodologies

  • Experience in an international environment (preference)

  • Ability to think out of the box and adapt to commercial context

  • Self-starter and self-directed, capable of working with minimal supervision

  • Ability to communicate well, oral and written in English

  • Willingness to travel up to 30%

  • Quality focus, positive mind-set, assertive personality, strong character and authority

  • Be a proactive thinker, who is objective and practical in their methodology.

  • Have strong communication skills and be competent in meeting customer’s requirements whilst managing the overall expectations.

Why should you join Philips?

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