Senior Quality Assurance Engineer

Date Posted: Oct. 4, 2022, 5:17 a.m.

Kenya Airways

Job Description

Job Purpose:

To review maintenance procedures and work instructions, supervise QA Engineers, conduct audits and investigations in order to ensure an airworthy, reliable, quality product/service is provided in a cost effective manner. To ensure that technical staff work within the framework of the Kenya airways company procedures, and to coordinate and conduct company approval exams through the Quality Assessment Board for the Engineers applying for company authorization and recommend, or otherwise to Quality Manager for issue of authorizations. To satisfy the requirements of KCAA/EASA Part 145.A.65 and to maintain an independent Quality System.

Principal Accountabilities (KEY Performance areas):

  • Carry out planned audits/Inspections/spot checks/surveys as the lead auditor of all Technical Department sections and provide written reports.
  • Ensure follow-up on audit findings, verify closures and close audit findings including monitoring the effectiveness of any corrective action from feedback and by direct surveillance
  • Manage periodic and random audits within KQ Technical Department to ensure compliance with KCAA, FAA, EASA and Kenya Airways standards
  • Carry out audits/Inspections/spot checks/surveys of aircraft maintenance at base, line stations and any contracted sites used by Kenya Airways.
  • Carry out audits/Inspections/spot checks/surveys of the facilities at any contracted sites and at base, checking that tools and equipment are kept in good condition and acceptable standards of storage exist.
  • Carry out audits/Inspections/spot checks/surveys for the material supply and storage system including facilities and records; this will encompass checks on certification documents, labelling, stores inspection, binning and shelf life control.
  • Log in reported occurrences/incidents into QA database, investigate all incidents/occurrence reports as applicable, and report as applicable to KCAA/EASA/Customer’s Civil Aviation Authority/Operators and share incident reports with all stakeholders and follow up on the implementation of recommendations.
  • Coordinate and conduct approval exams for technician, certifying staff, support staff and non-aircraft Authorised staff who have applied for various aircraft/component/Equipment approval categories for purposes of recommendation of issuance/rejection of Kenya Airways authorizations through the Exam Assessment Board.
  • Review regulatory changes and update Maintenance Control Manual (MCM), Maintenance Procedures Manual (MPM) and Maintenance Organisation Exposition (MOE), Technical Procedures Manual (TPM) and Quality Procedures Manual (QPM) as applicable.
  • Review Revised Approved Maintenance Program Manual for any incorporated changes from the MPD by Technical Planning before onward forwarding to the Authorities for approval.
  • Review vendor application requests and recommend appropriate actions, prepare vendor authorisation certificates and manage the approved vendor listing.
  • Review collected data for issue of aircraft Certificate of Registration and issue/renewal of Certificate of Airworthiness and Radio license.
  • Prepare QA/Safety communication (newsletters/fleet notices/bulletins/memos) touching on safety and quality and produce reports on the same for Management review.
  • Point of contact for regulatory/external audits authorities. This involves Coordination, preparation, handling of and response to external auditors and regulatory authorities in the absence of the PQAE.
  • Responsible for providing guidance/mentoring, motivation, development and training of Quality Assurance Engineers.
  • Carry out any other duties within the Quality Assurance Section as directed by the PQAE and MQA
  • Ensure that all aircraft certificates, documents, manuals and other technical information appropriate to the aircraft type are kept to the current revision status at base and line stations.
  • Review and compile Airworthiness Directives and mandatory Service Bulletins status and all other required documents for renewal of aircraft Certificate of Airworthiness.

Knowledge, Skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree/Diploma in Aeronautical/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics Engineering
  • Must have completed Quality Management System (QMS) training.
  • Must have completed Audit Techniques training.
  • Must have relevant engineering degree with at least 4 years aviation engineering experience with at least 3 years in quality OR
  • Must have Diploma in relevant Engineering field with at least 6 years aviation maintenance experience with at least 2 years in quality.
  • Knowledge in using standard aircraft manuals and engineering procedures manual
  • Fully conversant with relevant technical procedures
  • Fully conversant with all relevant regulatory requirements
  • Conversant with relevant IT Tools and Systems
  • Has knowledge in statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing.
  • Knowledge of Industrial Safety Standards.
  • Has participated in issuance of variations and dispensations/extensions.
  • Has participated in aircraft C of A issuance process.
  • Successfully carried out audits as a Lead Auditor.
  • Experience in closures of external (regulatory / customers) audit findings.
  • Experience in product audits.
  • Knowledge of contracts

Competences:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Proven supervisory skills
  • Basic audit process and root cause analysis skills
  • Basic root cause analysis skills
  • Proven Management skills.
  • Project Management skills
  • Procedure writing skills
  • Report writing skills

How To Apply

If you meet the above requirements, please submit your application letter and a detailed curriculum vitae quoting the position in the subject of your email to [email protected]

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Kenya Airways is an equal opportunity employer.

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