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Manager, Quality - Aerogel Manufacturing

Company: Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
Location: East Providence
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Aspen Aerogels is a rapidly growing aerogel technology company founded in 2001 to capitalize on patented advances in aerogel manufacturing. Aspen has developed a broad portfolio of proprietary aerogel products manufactured at scale and sold worldwide in the Electric Vehicle / Automotive, Energy Infrastructure, Sustainable Building Materials, and Power Generation industries. Aspen is both a Tier 1/2 Automotive supplier, and our Pyrogel and Cryogel products are used by virtually all leading petrochemical and refining company across more than 50 countries. We're on a mission to build a world-class organization as we continue to grow our energy infrastructure business, and expand to meet demand in the rapidly growing Electric Vehicle sector over the next 3-5 years. We're looking for great talent to join our team.

Summary: Aspen is looking for an engaging, motivated, and inspirational Quality Manager to drive Aspen's quality culture forward in Aspen's aerogel manufacturing business. The Quality Manager will report to the Director, Quality and Operational Excellence. This individual will be responsible for driving functional excellence in Aspen's aerogel blanket manufacturing business by providing technical and hands on support to the East Providence team. The Manager and Quality team at this site will lead / support activities related to ensuring conformance to customer requirements, internal business practices, regulatory requirements, and existing or desired certifications. The right individual will be an on-the floor leader who establishes efficient, frequent, and collaborative communication with Operations, Process Engineering, Supply Chain, R&D, and EHS to facilitate collaboration on cross functional initiatives that improve product quality or maintain product quality while reducing cost through work process, unit operation, operating condition or process technology improvements.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Successfully implement and maintain the successful certification of both ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 for Aspen's East Providence site
  • Champion a culture of quality by engaging, leading and influencing key stakeholders at the East Providence manufacturing facility.
  • Manage, plan, implement and support quality programs designed to ensure continuous production of products consistent with established standards.
  • Lead or support root cause investigation of nonconformities and develop, initiate and implement corrective actions, using key tools such as 8D.
  • Develop, implement, and ensure that the Quality Management System conforms to customer, internal, regulatory/legal, and certifying organization requirements.
  • Manage, lead and mentor the quality personnel.
  • Maintain documentation and records of Quality department functions.
  • Lead and support quality activities including FMEA, SPC, Gage R&R, Supplier Qualification, Calibration systems and Corrective & Preventative Actions in our aerogel blanket production lines.
  • Audit and track supplier quality performance for aerogel blanket raw materials, particularly batting.
  • Oversee layered audit procedure and process.
  • Prepare and present monthly technical, program and operational quality reports as needed
  • Record and track the measurement of key quality metrics indicative of quality performance.
  • Manage the Quality department budget for the site.
  • Author and review relevant SOPs, validation and other documents.
  • Effectively host client or certification agency audits and provide on time response to audit findings as well as facilitate completion of corrective actions noted.
  • Perform employee training on QMS and ISO/IATF requirements as needed.
  • Mentor/train/develop and manage the Quality team.
  • Execute Aspen's performance management system, by setting performance goals and objectives as well as performing employee performance reviews.
  • Adopt and follow Aspen's core values of Safety, Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, Customer and Innovation on both a personal and professional level.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training, and developing employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Minimum 8 (8) years' experience in quality engineering and reliability roles in a manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor's Degree in an engineering, math, business, or science discipline is required, Master's Degree is preferred.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite of applications
  • Proficiency with statistical tools such as Minitab or JMP
  • Six Sigma training and certification highly desirable
  • Strong working knowledge of ISO 9001:2015. Working knowledge of IATF16949 preferred.
  • History of working in a manufacturing operations environment.
  • Experience in Tier 1 / 2 Automotive manufacturing preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to lead, manage and do work.
  • Innate intellectual curiosity.
  • Predisposed to leverage analytic reason, creativity, and judgment.
  • Well-developed influencing skills - ability to inspire confidence and drive consensus.
  • Ability to handle complex matters across multiple initiatives.
  • Intellectual agility to deal effectively with strategic issues and operational details.
  • Ability to effectively influence and motivate external and internal stakeholders.

Aspen Aerogels is taking every measure to protect our employees and visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf.

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to jlosordo@aerogel.com or call (508) 466-3111 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

For Our Rhode Island Applicants:

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The East Providence, RI facility of Aspen Aerogels is subject to Title 28, Chapter 29-6.2 of Rhode Island General Laws, which governs Worker's Compensation.

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