Quality Assurance Manager in Carol Stream, IL at DAVIES MOLDING, LLC

Date Posted: 9/14/2023

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Job Description

The Company

The once small plastic molding company that stood in downtown Chicago is now the largest manufacturer of plastic knobs and handles in the world today. While Davies Molding is well known for our knobs, handles and cases, the path to doubling our business is within our custom molding capabilities. Today, Davies Molding is the premier source of custom molding services for industrial infrastructure markets because of our unique positioning as a WBE (Woman owned Business Enterprises) molding partner coupled with both thermoplastic and thermoset molding capabilities. With our extensive experience in the design-to-product process, we are uniquely positioned to provide unmatched support for projects of any scale and serve as a high value partner in the design phase as well as the value creation phase of product lifecycle. 

Davies Molding is a business unit of Industrial Technologies Group which is an affiliate of The Heico Companies. Heico has a history of success. Since its founding over 40 years ago The Heico Companies has grown from a single business to over 78 separate companies through a strategic acquisition policy, and by reinvesting its earnings into internal growth and new prospects. Historically talented at restoring distressed companies, Heico strategically targets acquisitions that will complement its ever-growing portfolio of companies in manufacturing, construction, and industrial services.

These four core operations are organized into groups: Applied Solutions Group, Construction Solutions Group, Industrial Technologies Group, and Metal Processing Group. Once acquired, new Heico companies are assigned to a group and run on a stand-alone basis, allowing for great independence as well as the opportunity to share knowledge about markets, production processes, and management practices across other Heico groups and companies.

Heico continues to seek out new opportunities and maintain its standard of success. The Heico Companies has remained a privately held company since its creation and maintains a majority ownership in each of its operations, which generates more than $3.3 billion dollars in revenues. Many of our businesses are certified Woman-owned Business Enterprises (WBE).

More information about the overall organization can be found at www.heicocompanies.com.

Position Summary

Working from our Carol Stream, IL office, the QA Manager will foster and develop a healthy culture, have uncompromised emphasis on and commitment to safety, and consistently apply 80/20 thinking when prioritizing activities. We are looking for an individual who will build a stronger quality assurance team, consistently develop people, and address succession planning challenges. They will work with and collaborate with employees at all levels within Davies and help position the company’s operational practices as a competitive advantage.

Job Requirements      

 Quality Assurance Manager Primary Responsibilities 

  • Ensure Davies meets or has results favorable to agreed upon quality assurance related KPIs including COPQ. Implement meaningful metrics where needed, publish and track performance against those metrics; Play an integral role in helping Davies achieve or exceed annual budget.  
  • Manages a variety of quality assurance related functions including capital budgeting for projects with solid ROI, and consistent and timely management of returned goods and QC hold areas.  
  • Develops and continuously improves an effective APQP process. Oversees or prepares new product submission materials such as ISIR, PPAP, FMEA, Gage R&R, control plans, etc.. Support the development of new products and on-boarding of new customers.  
  • Owns and administers all aspects of the Quality Management System (QMS) in a manner that adds value. Responsible for maintaining adherence to the QMS and for successful completion of surveillance and recertification audits. Update the QMS as needed. Provide and direct training as needed.  
  • Owns and manages outward facing quality related functions with both customers and suppliers. Oversees supplier quality, corrective actions, new part submissions, etc.  
  • As a key leader in the company, you must be a visible and enthusiastic supporter and active participant in EHS (Environmental, Health & Safety) related activities. Role model for safety, adherence to company policies and overall professionalism 
  • Identify key drivers of scrap and rework and implement effective corrective actions.  
  • Develop a prioritized capital plan for quality assurance related needs opportunities for improvement. 
  • Some support for Davies’s Flora, MS. location may be required. 


Desired Education & Qualifications   

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, Quality Assurance, or a related technical field 
  • Minimum 3+ years of prior experience as a Quality Manager within an ISO or IATF registered company or 5 to 8 years’ experience as a quality engineer with the ability to manage a Quality Assurance Team.  
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years of thermoplastic injection molding or thermoset molding experience strongly preferred. 
  • Ability to interpret blueprints and schematics; Proficient in GDT. 
  • ISO internal auditor experience  
  • Certified Quality Engineer preferred. 
  • Six Sigma Black Belt or Green Belt preferred. 
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing preferred 
  • Proficiency in APQP / PPAP / Cap study, control plans, FMEA, root cause analysis, 5 why 
  • Skills in DMAIC strongly preferred. 
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office); Power BI beneficial; Data manipulation skills a strong plus. 
  • Basic knowledge of ERP systems and their functionality preferred. 

Physical Requirements

  • Typically sits, grasps items, and performs keyboarding for regular operation of a computer. 
  • Stand, walk, bend, reach or otherwise move about regularly. 
  • Life, move, or otherwise transfer items up to 40lbs occasionally. 
  • Exposure to typical manufacturing and office environment. 
  • Exposure to extremes of heat in manufacturing area.

Other Duties:  This job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


  • Great health benefits package, which includes Medical, Flex Spending, Health Savings Accounts, complemented by a dental and vision plan.
  • Assurance of financial security with company-paid benefits such as short- and long-term disability, employee Life an Accidental Death and Dismemberment policies.
  • A 401k with company match, supporting your future financial stability.
  • Tuition reimbursement, fostering personal growth and development.
  • Paid holidays and PTO time, ensuring time for relaxation and family.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program and Meta Counseling, supporting you in times of need.


Key Leadership Competencies

  •  Commitment to EHS – The HR Manager must continually demonstrate an unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of health and safety for the workforce and be a leader in ensuring the company maintains its high levels of environmental performance.
  • Unquestionable Integrity - Demonstrates the highest degree of integrity when engaging with employees, vendors, and stakeholders. Leads ethically by example and fosters a culture firmly grounded in the values of the organization.
  • Strategic and Agile Thinking - Strong strategic capabilities and overall business acumen. Financially savvy and creative mindset with the ability to identify and mobilize new opportunities very quickly.
  • Collaborative Style – Engages in problem solving and decision making. Is adept at bringing people together to tackle issues rather than dictate solutions. Has a collegial, inclusive working style and is professional and courteous. Builds strong relationships both internally and externally. Is both confident and humble.
  • Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively deliver and reinforce consistent messages at all levels. Excellent listening skills.
  • Leadership Capability - Has the leadership acumen and credibility to work across the entire organization and develop talent. Should be hands-on, but able to delegate appropriately with the ability to motivate, inspire and commit an organization to a course of action and achieve results.