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How many years of experience working in a manufacturing environment?
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Do you currently live within a reasonable and realistic commuting distance from St. Cloud, MN?
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Do you possess experience in statistical process controls and have utilized ISO Quality Systems?
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Quality Engineer
MN - St. Cloud


Opportunity Snapshot
Join the leading U.S. manufacturer of optical lenses and influence our QMS process by developing tests, SOPs and more.
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Serve as our QMS expert in a hands-on role

This is a prime opportunity to leverage your quality systems expertise and strong interpersonal skills to design and implement quality systems at our state-of-the-art optical laboratory facility in St. Cloud. You will:
  • Establish yourself as a quality systems SME and earn credibility in a role where you will influence the business by building and maturing quality systems and enhancing KPIs. You'll work with a talented team and leverage extensive data to inform your strategy and support improvements. Quick question for you - click here
  • Make an impact on the lives of others! Your work will directly influence the overall customer experience, including the people who wear our products.
  • Enjoy strong training with our Master Trainer. Whether you come from an optical, medical or chemical production background, we'll ensure you have the top-notch training you need to thrive at Essilor.
  • Earn a competitive salary with bonus potential and comprehensive benefits in a fast-paced, dynamic culture.
  • Highlight your skills and talent and you can take on additional challenges and continue to advance your career with Essilor, here in Minnesota, or at locations across North America and the globe. 
  • Work in a state-of-the-art facility, featuring robotics -- we are building rapidly and growing.
  • Enjoy the stability and resources of a growing global organization -- our recent merger with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry.
Improving Lives By Improving Sight. Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 7,000 people and operates the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the U.S. Essilor of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, and other brands, and our products are worn by one billion people daily. Essilor has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year since 2010.
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Influence, Develop and Mature Quality Management Systems in High Impact Position

The Requirements
A background in optical or other medical devices will be a great fit.
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To be a strong candidate for the Quality Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • 5 years’ minimum experience in a Quality discipline; experience in optical or wholesale laboratory environment highly preferred.
  • BS degree in Engineering.
  • Superior knowledge of ISO Quality system requirements and/or Class 1 Medical Devices. 
  • Demonstrated competency in facilitation skills.
  • Experienced with modern quality practices and applications.
  • Team-oriented, with strong personal commitment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Communication skills - verbal and written; comfortable with teaching teams or groups.
  • Computer skills: Highly skilled in Microsoft Office practical applications, QMS programs, preferred experience with statistical software packages (such as MINITAB).
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to ALL Management levels, both internally and externally, while representing our company in a professional manner.   
  • Advanced Computer Skills in Microsoft Office, Access, PowerPoint, Mini Tab. 
  • Understanding of Statistical Process Control (SPC), Capability Process Control, process sampling systems and procedures and statistical techniques.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and teamwork skills.
  • Must be self-starter, highly organized, manage to priorities and meet deadlines. 
  • Working knowledge of ophthalmic manufacturing process and coating process.
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Green Belt is a plus, but not required.
  • ASQ Certification is a plus but not required.
Note: At Essilor, every title and every level is a hands-on role with deliverables.

In addition to these requirements, you should be willing to travel on occasion to visit and align with other labs or conduct supplier audits. Travel will be less than 10%. Quick question for you - click here
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The Role
Take charge of your role, building quality systems and checking results to ensure targets are being met.
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Lead Through Influence and Strong Change Management Skills
Reporting to the Quality Manager, as a Quality Engineer, you will Contribute to ELOA Quality general activities such as documentation development, document control system operation and maintenance, validations planning, execution and reporting, internal auditing, Corrective Action Requests (CAR) system operation and maintenance, and quality metrics analysis and reporting. 

You will support process control and improvement activities using statistical analysis and modern basic quality practices (such as histograms, Pareto charts, SPC, data collection and analysis, etc.). And you can also expect to assist in generating, monitoring, and communicating lab performance metrics to identify areas where to apply process control and improvement activities.

Your primary goal as a Quality Engineer will be to help the operation produce better results and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements through your quality activities. 

More specifically, your primary responsibilities will be to:
  • Be responsible for the creation, modification, and review of standard operating procedures and work instructions. 
  • Be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ELOA Document Control system, including database maintenance, issuing documents, archiving obsolete documents, document approval cycles, etc.
  • Operate, maintain, and communicate the corrective and preventive action system, assisting the labs in proper use of CAR forms.
  • Assist with ELOA labs internal audits, reports issue, and follow-up on corrective actions.
  • Assist in the evaluation of lab best practices, using the ELOA Document Control system to communicate these to the lab network.
  • Assist in the development and communication of quality metrics to evaluate lab performance and direct process control and improvement activities.
  • Assist with communication strategies for the ELOA Quality initiatives.
  • Assist in the Cosmetic Inspector Certification program deployment and maintenance.
  • Position requires travel to ELOA lab locations.
  • Other ELOA quality-related assignments, as required.
You will join a team that includes Auditors, Inspectors and Trainers. 

You will primarily work during the day but will flex your hours as needed to gain visibility across teams and address problems that arise on the second shift. You'll always follow the problems wherever they lead to find resolutions. You'll sit in an office that is external to production, but you can expect to visit the lab and production floor as needed. 

Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
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Why Essilor of America
More great reasons to join us.
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Check out our value proposition.
Impact and opportunity
You'll get in on the ground floor and you'll have the opportunity to help define your role and our quality systems, demonstrating value to the team. In addition, we are always looking for improvements and we're establishing best practices that can be duplicated at other locations around the world, meaning you could have an impact beyond the St. Cloud facility.

Great environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart and mutually supportive professionals. Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the company has been innovating both technologically and to solve problems for 170 years. You'll also learn the cultural nuances of working for a company based in another country, if that's new to you.

Truly living our values
At Essilor, we believe everyone deserves to see life and all its detail with the best vision possible. That's why, in addition to designing, manufacturing and distributing quality vision care solutions worldwide, we invest in raising awareness of the importance of good vision, support eyecare professionals, invent new technologies and products, and support philanthropic initiatives. For example, the Essilor Vision Foundation partners with schools, eye doctors, and communities to provide eye exams and glasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also are committed to robust standards for environmental sustainability. These are just a couple of reasons we were one of the 52 companies named to Fortune magazine's 2019 Change the World list.

Excellent compensation
In addition to competitive compensation and bonus potential, we offer an exceptional mix of first-rate benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans; a 401(k) plan with company match; tuition reimbursement; comprehensive training through Essilor University; lens and frame benefits for you and your family; an employee stock purchase plan with company match; and more.

Video: As part of the #DifferenceMakers campaign, Essilor chose four eyecare professionals and three Essilor employees to participate in a mission trip to Southeast Asia in March 2019.
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Keys to Success
Your technical skills and communication abilities will be paramount, but just as important will be your ability to demonstrate value and gain buy-in.
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Find out what sets our top performers apart.
This role will help us take our Quality Systems function to the next level. We have a skeleton in place and we will look to you to build upon our foundation. Quick question for you - click here

Good change management skills, communication abilities and the ability to create consensus will be critical to your success here. You'll know you're hitting the mark when:
  • People look to you for support and solutions, understanding the value-add of your role
  • There is a working quality system in place where, if there is a problem, you know what to track and can identify solutions to bring any issues back to target
  • You have built strong relationships in St. Cloud and with Quality in other plants
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Essilor of America, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at rnelson@engage2excel.com.