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Quality Engineer

Company:  Ball Corporation

Wakefield, GB, WF2 0XE

Date:  22-Jun-2022
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req ID:  19667

 Primary purpose of the position:

To monitor and control all manufacturing processes included from the initial coil to the finished pallet entering the warehouse, in order to meet and improve the Plants efficiency and quality performance targets.

To provide the focus and leadership for process improvement activities, which are cost effective and meet the Plants requirements.

The jobholder will act as a central coordination for food safety activity, including management systems and is accountable for rolling out companywide food safety initiatives.


Essential Responsible Areas:

Ensure plant management are aware and informed of food safety legislative requirements and that they are translated into actions and included in the management system.

Maintain and develop the accreditation status with external bodies for food safety activities.

To identify the critical manufacturing processes and reduce these variations to Six Sigma standards.

To provide the focus and leadership for process improvement activities, which are cost effective and meet the Plants requirements.

To co-ordinate the activities of the Shift Process Teams in order to reduce internal spoilage and meet customer quality requirements.


  • To promote process improvement and process awareness. To lead Process Improvement initiatives and to identify and implement best practice.
  • To identify root causes of variation, develop and implement action plans to improve process capability to six sigma standards.
  • To ensure Shift teams operate and maintain the quality control system effectively and undertake shift management reviews to meet customer requirements.
  • To ensure that all persons reporting to them work in a safe manner and to promote safety leadership in all activities.
  • Ensure that Ball TMS Standard requirements are met by ensuring effective shift management review and ensuring that issues arising from these are effectively dealt with and the necessary corrective actions are implemented. The Process Engineer must identify major concerns and, where appropriate, ensure these are fast tracked to senior management.
  • Co-ordinate the shift teams actions to ensure, via SPC techniques that key processes (such as finished can dimensions) meet customer requirements and improvement plans are implemented to improve capability to six sigma standards.
  • Use and improve existing process control equipment and techniques, to analysis HFI issues and develop and implement reduction plans.
  • Lead Process improvement initiatives and identify best practice.
  • Co-ordinate, train personnel in all facets of process control techniques and equipment, including instruments, gauges and charts, used in the execution of their jobs.
  • The Quality Engineer will also be able to cover the role of print technician
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of the Environmental Policy and EMS.
  • Ensure that proper and safe systems of working and means of avoiding dangerous, or potentially hazardous conditions, are adopted.
  • Ensure operational control procedures, regulations, or codes of practice are observed within the plant, and that all registers, records and reports are properly prepared and maintained.
  • Encourage, by their conduct, a conscientious attitude to the environment.
  • Instruct all new employees, on the known hazards and any necessary precautions of which they should be aware.
  • Periodically deliver food safety and environmental toolbox talks.
  • Process Engineer will be responsible for product quality issues in the absence of Quality Manager in the plant BCMT. 


Professional & Education Qualification

Degree in Technical Discipline

Preferably a post-graduate diploma (e.g. MSc Engineering science)

Food safety qualification (HACCP level 3)

Problem solving / total quality skills

Understanding & experience of working to External Quality/Environmental     Standards i.e. ISO 9001 / 14001, FSSC

Knowledge Food Safety legislative requirements

Ideally lead auditor trained



  • Ability to apply standard plant quality assurance techniques, procedures, and criteria in carrying out a sequence of plant quality assurance tasks.
  • Ability to apply statistical analysis methods and make recommendations.
  • Thorough understanding of the operating principles of all assigned equipment. Must be able to read and comprehend complicated materials and instructions.
  • Ability to use all Microsoft Office instruments to prepare presentations and graphical data.
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving:  Must be able to recognize and define problems using investigative process to analyze and evaluate complex information from a number of sources to arrive at conclusions.  Must be able to use intuition, logical reasoning, and innovation to solve problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Organizational:  Must be able to organize, plan, prioritize and switch over to different activities. Ability to meet deadlines and to concentrate and pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and with other people. Ability to effectively create and maintain a teamwork environment. Additional skills required may include but are not limited to:  Motivating and leading, coaching and counselling, conflict resolution
  • Confidentiality:  Must be able to handle and safeguard sensitive and proprietary information in a confidential manner




  • Ability in liaising with external customers & government bodies
  • A manufacturing background in a high speed, high volume continuous process
  • Successful track record in man management
  • Good understanding of modern lean manufacture technique - SMED, Kaizen 5S, Kanban, Structured Problem Solving, TPM/OEE, SPC, 6 Sigma etc.
  • Proven record of achievement
  • A management style heavily orientated to training and coaching
  • Good computer skills – ability to manage via computerised data. Ideally a ‘super user’



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