Leadership Development Program: Quality Engineering

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Leadership Development Program: Quality Engineering

The Quality Leadership Development Program (QLDP) is an entry-level leadership development program intended to attract high potential engineers to the quality organization at BAE Systems. The QLDP is a three year rotational program designed to provide participants with an exclusive set of professional experience and leadership opportunities.

QLDP participants are afforded the opportunity to diversify their professional portfolio by participating in three unique rotational assignments, each twelve months in duration. These challenging rotations rely heavily upon a technical/engineering background to ensure conformance to customer specifications, analyze product performance characteristics, execute lean and six sigma principles to optimize manufacturing processes and integrate quality assurance at all stages of the product lifecycle.

In support of these roles, participates are equipped with monthly technical and leadership skills trainings, and attend an annual week-long Leadership Development Conference (LDC). During LDC, participants from all branches of the Leadership Development Program across all national BAE Systems' sites congregate in one location to hone their leadership skills in a team environment, while broadening their professional network and interfacing with executive leaders of the company.

As a part of the QLDP, participants are expected to obtain an advanced degree in a technical field and are eligible for BAE Systems' competitive tuition assistance program.
Each QLDP participants is paired with a mentor from the quality organization to further promote growth and performance excellence. Participants are expected to pursue an internally sponsored Green Belt project and receive certification.

The QLDP aims to pair talented and ambitious engineering college graduates to model managers with proven track records in order to cultivate a pipeline of future leaders for BAE Systems. Upon program completion, the participant will be well qualified and prepared to excel within the quality organization and beyond.

Potential QLDP Rotations:
QLDP participants may choose to pursue some of the following rotational assignments in various BAE Systems' locations (dependent upon business need):

  • Program Quality Engineering
  • Business Process and Improvement (Quality Systems)
  • Manufacturing Process Quality Assurance
  • Supplier Quality Assurance

QLDP Responsibilities:
  • Drive customer satisfaction
  • Interpret contract requirements and communicate these throughout the product lifecycle
  • Develop understanding of BAE Systems Quality Management System
  • Drive to true root cause
  • Implement sustainable corrective actions
  • Manage Risk and Opportunity
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Heighten critical thinking ability
  • Collaborate cross-functionally
Typical Education & Experience

Typically a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education
  • May 2019 Graduation
  • Bachelors or Masters in a technical field including (but not limited to):
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Management Engineering
    • Quality Management
  • Excellent academic record (Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, Preferred 3.5/4.0)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Security Clearance
Preferred Skills and Education
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership experience
  • Capacity and motivation for hard work
  • Experience in defense electronics industry
  • Familiarity with Lean and Six Sigma practices
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems
  • Relevant quality certifications
  • Technical internships/co-ops
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt Exposure
About BAE Systems Electronic Systems

BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.
The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression


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