What does a Quality Control System Manager do?
Plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.
- Stop production if serious product defects are present.
- Review and approve quality plans submitted by contractors.
- Review statistical studies, technological advances, or regulatory standards and trends to stay abreast of issues in the field of quality control.
- Generate and maintain quality control operating budgets.
- Evaluate new testing and sampling methodologies or technologies to determine usefulness.
- Coordinate the selection and implementation of quality control equipment such as inspection gauges.
- Collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality.
- Audit and inspect subcontractor facilities including external laboratories.
- Verify that raw materials, purchased parts or components, in-process samples, and finished products meet established testing and inspection standards.
- Review quality documentation necessary for regulatory submissions and inspections.
- Review and update standard operating procedures or quality assurance manuals.
- Produce reports regarding nonconformance of products or processes, daily production quality, root cause analyses, or quality trends.
- Participate in the development of product specifications.
- Monitor development of new products to help identify possible problems for mass production.
- Instruct vendors or contractors on quality guidelines, testing procedures, or ways to eliminate deficiencies.
- Identify quality problems or areas for improvement and recommend solutions.
- Instruct staff in quality control and analytical procedures.
- Identify critical points in the manufacturing process and specify sampling procedures to be used at these points.
- Document testing procedures, methodologies, or criteria.
- Direct the tracking of defects, test results, or other regularly reported quality control data.
- Create and implement inspection and testing criteria or procedures.
- Confer with marketing and sales departments to define client requirements and expectations.
- Communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.
- Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
- Oversee workers including supervisors, inspectors, or laboratory workers engaged in testing activities.
- Monitor performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
- Direct product testing activities throughout production cycles.