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Industry: Quality

Company: UGN

Founded in 1986 as a partnership between Nittoku and Autoneum, UGN is the preferred producer of high quality acoustic, interior trim, and thermal management products, and a recognized leader in customer satisfaction for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America. UGN, with more than $400 million in revenue, has six locations in the United States-Novi, Michigan; Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Somerset, Kentucky; Downers Grove, Illinois; and Valparaiso, Indiana; as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico-specializing in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support.

For 3 years in a row UGN has achieved ranking as a “Best Company to Work for in Illinois”. Based on three core values of Respect, Trust and Communication, UGN prides itself on a unique culture that is the UGN Way.

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The Quality Engineer develops and maintains the quality system for new and revised products consistent with corporate quality policy. Actively participates on product and process development projects and programs (APQP process) as the quality representative from the quality function. Interfaces directly with our customers along with all UGN functional areas including our manufacturing plants.

This position will be based out of our plant in Jackson, TN. We are open to candidates residing near one of our other plant locations in Monroe, OH, Somerset, KY or Valparaiso, IN.


  • Develop and implement Advanced Quality Planning (APQP) for new products and current products.
  • Participate in Design Reviews and follow up to assure key quality and functional requirements are properly defined and incorporated into proposed new designs and internal and external customer design changes.
  • Develop, approve and submit Initial Sample Reports, PPAP, IPPAR, PA, Prototype documentation, and Pre-production documentation.
  • Provide support and feedback to producing entities in the development and the creation of prototype activities, pre-production qualification runs to assure that all critical, significant characteristics and quality control processes are identified and carried out according to new or existing specifications and procedures.
  • Assure that Poke-Yoke devices are implemented, Genchi-Genbutsu concepts utilized, Problem Solving and Best Manufacturing Practices are used where applicable.
  • Participate in the development of FMEAs and Control Plans for the introduction of new products and programs, ensuring that specific customer and internal requirements are reflected in these documents.
  • Review and confirm that proper statistical techniques have been used to evaluate the results of Prototype, Pre-production runs and PA/PPAP submissions. Make the necessary recommendations and changes to specifications and procedures in accordance with the results obtained. (ECRs,Design Changes, ECIs, RFCs)
  • Design, review, and approve and make recommendations for new inspection methods and equipment to assure that new product characteristics are properly measured and assessed. (Gage Concepts)
  • Assure that new and current customer quality requirements are properly communicated, understood and documented in the Quality system, Drawings, ECIs, Data Sheets, Inspection Reports, FMEAs and Control Plans.
  • Assure that all Prototype, Pre-production and Customer Return (Warranty) quality issues are identified and tracked using the concepts of Lessons Learned.
  • Participate in Supplier Development activities and ensure supplier prototype issues are addressed and resolved timely.
  • Support and participate in the development of quality system procedures. May perform internal and external auditing of these procedures as a member of Kaizan or Audit team.
  • Assure that customer quality requirements for new program/design changes are delivered on time per customer schedule.
  • Communicate effectively and proactively with customer quality representatives throughout the product life cycle to understand and delivery quality requirements. In addition to present problem resolution to potential quality issues during program launch phase.


  • Bachelor degree (B.S.) from four-year accredited college or university. Engineering or quality emphasis preferred.
  • Three plus years related experience and/or training, preferably in the automotive industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of APQP, PPAP, IPPAR, PA, ECI, FMEA, and Control Plans.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to facilitate meetings and follow-up on activities.
  • Ability to solve problems and assign probable causes, appropriate countermeasures.
  • Good writing skills for effective e-mail communication and accurate, legible completion of technical documentation.
  • Time management skills including setting priorities and working with multiple tasks.
  • Ability to travel (approximately 50% if candidate based near Downers Grove, IL or approximately 25% travel if candidate based near one of our plants in Monroe, OH, Valparaiso, IN, Jackson, TN or Somerset, KY).


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