Quality Assurance Supervisor II - Rail

Company Name:
The Andersons, Inc
Req ID 715BR
External Title Quality Assurance Supervisor II - Rail
Division Rail Group
Select work location MS - Bay St. Louis
Posting Description
Job Summary
This position is accountable for coordinating the development and implementation of Rail Car facility processes that: 1) contribute to the quality initiative by ensuring that materials, products, and services conform to contract requirements and pertinent industry and regulatory requirements; 2) contribute to a safe work environment for all employees and visitors.
Job Parameters
The Quality Assurance Supervisor II shall report to the Quality Assurance Supervisor I and shall be evaluated on the basis of quality assurance, safety, and environmental issues.
The specific responsibilities of this position include:
1. Ensure that all products and services, in the opinion of the incumbent, conform with contract specifications or industry standards prior to release or rendering of such to the customer. The incumbent has the authority to delay the release of product or rendering of service until such time that conformance is achieved. This includes reviewing all documentation for accuracy and certifying by signature that the job is complete before any car is released back to the switch crew for delivery to the handling line.
2. Monitor the Andersons Rail Car Repair Quality Assurance Program as laid out in the Quality Assurance Manual. The Quality Assurance Supervisor II shall review the adequacy of the Manual and related documents on an on-going basis and provide constructive feedback to the Quality Assurance Supervisor I when issues are discovered.
3. Ensure that a sufficient number and type of properly calibrated equipment is on hand at all times and available with which the Rail Car Shop can operate. Determine what purchased material and sub-contracted items are critical to the quality process and assist in the evaluation of each supplier. It is also the duty of the incumbent to see that incoming material is inspected for conformity and that all non-conforming items are properly tagged, segregated, and disposed of properly.
4. Assist with the preparation, maintenance, and administration of a set of current tests to be used to qualify Freight Car Inspectors, Air Brake Mechanics, Painters, Welders, and designated Welding Inspectors. Assist with the maintainance of a practical reference library of maintenance manuals, guide books, and pertinent industry publications.
5. Monitor the work place for situations that may adversely affect the health, safety, and well being of any and all personnel associated in any way with The Andersons Management Corp. while on the premises of The Andersons Rail Car Repair facility including employees, customers, suppliers, and visitors.
6. Work with the Corporate Safety Department to maintain needed current knowledge of federal, state, and municipal regulations pertaining to safety in the work place including OSHA, the local fire department, the state and county departments of emergency preparedness, the FRA Bureau of Explosives, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and all applicable insurance company recommendations.
7. Monitor compliance with all federal, state, and municipal environmental agencies and to maintain a complete record of any and all emissions of potentially hazardous material and especially those of volatile organic compounds from paint and lining operations. It is the specific duty of the incumbent to maintain a file of material safety data sheets for all potentially hazardous material no matter what the quantity and provide unlimited access to this information.
Human Relations
The incumbent's primary internal contacts are shop personnel at all levels and company support staff in safety, engineering, purchasing, and marketing. External contacts include customers and representatives of regulatory and other governmental service providers. The nature of contacts requires effective human relations skills to communicate specialized and/or technical information and ensure appropriate actions are taken based on that information.
Instructions Received
Instructions on specific jobs/projects are typically given verbally by the supervisor. Routine matters typically follow established schedules and procedures. Other assignments may come as a result of changes to rules and regulations and are prioritized and implemented independently by the incumbent.
The incumbent operates under general guidance of the Shop Manager and Quality Assurance Supervisor I. The incumbent must keep the Shop Manager apprised of problems within the Shop's work flow processes that inhibit quality, continuous improvement, and compliance with external standards, rules, and regulations. The latter provides significant control over the incumbent's actions.
Working Conditions
The incumbent will spend considerable time on the shop floor and as needed, outside the shop (e.g., with mobile units) to inspect work, condition of cars, perform on-the-job-training, etc., and therefore is exposed to shop conditions, weather conditions, and may occasionally handle equipment/tools, climb cars, and work in awkward positions.
Working Conditions
The knowledge and skill needed to perform this position is typically acquired through 5 or more years of applicable experience of a progressive nature within a rail shop environment or other operation involving repair of heavy equipment. A current working knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations e.g. F.R.A. and A.A.R. is necessary. Knowledge of quality concepts and processes is also highly desirable.
Principal Accountabilities
The following accountabilities are to be carried out in a manner consistent with the spirit and philosophy outlined in The Andersons' Statement of Principles:
1. Ensure that materials, products, and services conform to contract specifications and pertinent industry and regulatory standards, when conducting final inspection and Work in Process inspections of rail cars.
2. Ensure compliance of the Maumee Repair Shop work force with all company, industry, and governmental safety rules and regulations.
3. Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations that pertain to the shipment, handling, release, and disposal of known and/or suspected hazardous materials.
4. Perform all duties in a friendly, considerate, and cooperative manner that displays a willingness to work within the framework of company policy so that quality, productivity, and efficiency for this position are achieved.
5. Maintain an open and candid relationship with the Quality Assurance Supervisor I and the Rail Car Shop Manager so that matters of concern can be discussed freely and dealt with promptly and constructively.

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