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GUSTO Quality Assurance Manager

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Position Details

Position Information

Title GUSTO Quality Assurance Manager
Department Steward Observatory (0404)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill the position of "GUSTO Quality Assurance Manager. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining the quality program for the GUSTO payload products and interfacing with the APL Mission Management Office and the NASA Explorer Office at Goddard Space Flight Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and tracking all facets of the quality program from payload development to fabrication, test, and delivery, instilling a cost effective and thorough approach to meeting the GUSTO quality and reliability goals within the payload team. This key individual will also assist or oversee critical inspection points and tests during development at UA and all subcontractors The GUSTO Quality Assurance Manager will be required to generate and make presentations at various design reviews throughout the program life cycle as well as contribute to regular project progress reports on the QA facet of the project. The GUSTO Quality Assurance Manager shall help plan, organize, and lead the quality engineering of the payload for the GUSTO Mission.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Implements the quality program for the payload program based upon policies compliant with SAE AS9100 Quality Systems for Aerospace and the negotiated GUSTO Payload Mission Assurance Implementation Plan (MAIP).
  • Supports the effort to verify and validate that instrument performance, hardware, and associated software complies with all performance, mission assurance, and interface requirements.
  • Supports the tracking and impacts of identified risks or problem areas on the performance or reliability of the instrument in relation to the instrument and program requirements.
  • Shall support the non-conformance and anomaly recording, assessment, and dispensation system to assure corrective actions are sufficient and properly closed.
  • Identifies and assigns the flow down of the SMall EXplorers (SMEX) Mission Assurance Requirements (MAR), EXP-RQMT-0003 and the GUSTO Payload MAIP, to the various subsystems and members of the GUSTO team, that include external vendors and subcontractors.
  • Shall monitor process controls and perform quality assurance activities (including critical point inspections) during fabrication, integration, and tests. The extent, degree, and frequency of these actions shall be sufficient to provide an evaluation of the contractor’s performance and physical verification of the quality status of the supplies and services.
    Identify and schedule mandatory inspection points that include government support and witness and negotiating those scheduled activities with the GUSTO Chief Safety Officer (CSO).
  • Develops and presents various reports and summaries for management including problem reports, technical summaries, and QA status.
  • Provides technical assistance, support, and training to GUSTO team members and ancillary organizations on the details of the techniques and processes to assure a reliable and fully compliant hardware and software system.
  • Assists and directs the preparation of technical presentations for PDR, CDR, CDRL, and End Item Data packages.
  • Prepares and presents safety and mission assurance presentations for PDR, CDR, and MRR.
  • Provides support for schedule management.

Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field and 7-10 years related experience.
  • Broad spectrum of knowledge of the quality processes and techniques required in spacecraft and payload engineering.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in organizing and directing project work to meet desired objectives.
  • Experience with management and engineering support software packages including SolidWorks and MS Office.
  • Experience implementing or working within an AS9100/ISO9001 certified environment utilizing a tailored quality management system.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum assistance or supervision.
  • Ability to direct and work within an engineering team to achieve desired objectives.
  • Ability to develop a quality programs in support of hardware development missions from the ground up.
  • Ability to provide critical point inspections including pre-cap on EEE parts as well as general workmanship.
  • Experience leading or significant participation in the quality program of an aerospace system or instrument.
  • Current certifications or ability to be fully-certified in NASA-STD-8739 workmanship for soldering, including surface mount, staking, conformal coating, and cable fabrication.
  • Introductory knowledge of IPC standards and joint industry standards.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in dealing with NASA or sub tier NASA subcontractors with requirements flow down in the areas of performance and mission assurance.
  • Experience with NASA GSFC Code 300 practices.
  • Experience implementing plans for materials and processes selection and control compliant with NASA-STD-6016 or military/industry equivalent.
  • Experience implementing safety procedures and protocols in development of space hardware.
  • Experience related to overseeing the assembly of telescope systems or electronic subsystems.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Computer, Engineering and Technical
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22429
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Susan Warner

Open Date 02/26/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 03/08/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please upload 2 letters of recommendations with resume.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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    • Professional Conference
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    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field and 7-10 years related experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents