Element Materials Technology

Quality Manager

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul | US-IA-Des Moines


Element has an opportunity for an experienced Quality Manager who will be reporting directly to the Business Unit Quality Manager, North American Transportation and Industrials (T&I) and indirectly to the laboratory General Manager, you are an essential member of the management team and responsible for the overall quality performance. This includes the Element quality management system (QMS), improving First Time Right, maintaining, and developing relationships with customers, and improving processes. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025 requirements in relation to materials testing, Nondestructive Testing (NDT) in compliance with Nadcap AC 7114, NAS 410, ISO 17025, and other relevant Aerospace customer and industry specifications.
In this role, you will interact with clients, Accreditation Bodies, and will be responsible for advising operational colleagues of the importance of quality, accuracy, and integrity in the provision of the inspection and testing services we provide.


  • Provide leadership and a clear understanding of quality standards in developing and maintaining a quality system that meets the requirement of ISO 17025, Nondestructive Testing (NDT) in compliance with Nadcap AC 7114, NAS 410, ISO 17025, other relevant Aerospace customer and industry specifications, and the Element location Quality Manual.
  • Implement and maintain the laboratory quality system, reporting on the performance of the quality system for review and as a basis for improvement of the system
  • Act as liaison with customers, vendors, and staff to answer inquiries, concerns, and complaints
    In conjunction with staff, write, review and/or approve test procedures, training documents, position responsibilities, and calibration and maintenance of equipment in accordance with industry standards, customer requirements, and Element Corporate System Procedures
  • Administer all functions of the quality system, including but not limited to, audits, calibrations, corrective actions, the selection of test equipment, employee qualification, complaints, and document control
  • Communicate audit results, quality metrics, quality system deficiencies, or concerns regarding the quality of data to the location management and Business Unit Quality Manager, North American T&I
  • Prepare and respond to customer and accreditation bodies including coordination and implementation of corrective and preventive actions
  • Partner with laboratory supervision to meet customers’ expectations while maintaining the necessary independence to assure data integrity
  • Perform method audits of all procedures for testing, preparation, and calibration according to the frequency established, as well as, train and qualify others in the organization to assist with method audits

Skills / Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in a scientific, engineering, or business management discipline, with ideally 5 years’ experience in quality within the field of materials testing or a related environment (e.g. manufacturing)
  • Experience of working in an ISO 17025 (or equivalent) environment is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the development and implementation of ISO 17025 accredited quality systems at a management level; or extensive experience functioning under ISO 17025 or ISO 9001 accredited systems in a technical or quality-related capacity
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT) in compliance with Nadcap AC 7114, NAS 410, ISO 17025, and other relevant Aerospace customer and industry specifications.
  • Strong technical background involving various testing evaluation in a captive or commercial laboratory environment is preferred
  • Recognition by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as one or more of the following professional attainments would be preferred in this job:
    o Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
    o Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
    o Certified Quality Manager (CQM)
  • Effective organizational and time management skills with the ability prioritize activities

NOTE:  This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services.  U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, protected person status under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or U.S. Government export authorization is required. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the employer obtaining the necessary export authorization, including, if required, an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, or other applicable government agency.



Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration business in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.


•           Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe.

•           Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing.

•           Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do.

•           Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers.


When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY. We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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