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Director, Quality

Terran Orbital Corporation

Terran Orbital Corporation

Quality Assurance
Irvine, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024


Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.
Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Director, Quality to join our growing team. Reporting to the VP of Safety& Mission Assurance, the Director of Quality will be responsible for building and leading a team of Quality professionals. Effective collaboration with procurement, manufacturing engineering, design engineering, and program teams is critical to the role.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible for successfully leading and developing a team of high-caliber quality professionals
  • Maintain responsibility for succession planning, organizational and talent development
  • Drive advanced product quality planning throughout the product maturity cycle
  • Application of root cause analysis, lean/six sigma methods, and corrective actions
  • Benchmarking and adopting industry best practices to drive state-of-the-art quality management standard work
  • Teaming with operations and supply chain to drive counterfeit parts avoidance and prevention, mistake and error proofing, and lean manufacturing initiatives
  • FRACAS and failure analysis
  • Assist in working towards AS9100 and other recognized quality standards
  • Apply principles of quality science and other qualitative & quantitative methods to cultivate and partner in driving performance to contract, quality, cost and schedule, customer satisfaction, and continuous quality improvement throughout the program lifecycle
  • Collaborate with various QMS elements and other support functions and customers to meet the various quality, cost, and schedule commitments
Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 15 years of prior related experience in a high-precision manufacturing environment, including aircraft electro-mechanical systems such as engine controls, medical devices, or other high-reliability commercial or defense electronics production
  • 7+ years of experience within operations, supply chain, or quality
  • 5+ years of experience in successfully managing a quality assurance team
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, motivational, analytical problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to build cross-functional partnerships and engage in and lead cross-functional teams and initiatives
  • Strong change management skills and experience
  • Experience with developing and monitoring quality performance metrics
  • Strategic mindset & long-term vision capabilities
  • Capable of problem-solving, decision making and failure analysis
  • A self-motivated leader & a team player
Additional Differentiators
  • Master's degree in engineering or related technical discipline
  • Active US Security Clearance
  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO
Salary Range $160,000-$200,000
Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!
About Terran Orbital
Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at www.terranorbital.com
Physical Demands
An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage.
Work Environment
The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.
To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.
Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.
If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].