Quality Specialist – Powertrain

Univa Corporation

Troy, MI

Transforming the Future with Convergence of Simulation and Data

Quality Specialist

Job Summary:

Our client in Detroit, MI is looking for a Quality Specialist. This is a contract position.

What You Will Do:


The Quality Specialist will be a team member providing an independent review of the Quality System processes, within the supply base. The Quality Specialist ensures completion of the process to an acceptable standard, and delivery of a quality product to the customer at the launch of a new product.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for providing; on-site support at suppliers' facilities to ensure launch readiness as required leading up to and including after program launch.
  • Work cross-functionally with Powertrain Engineering, Manufacturing, and Purchasing to ensure viable and technical proficient suppliers, and manufacturing processes are selected.
  • Driving change within both plant manufacturing and component suppliers to resolve component issues, as well as ensure component suppliers' processes are robust and capable.
  • Will lead problem solving activities with internal and external organizations, as well as manage key component quality milestones. 
  • Travel may be required (approximately 20%) to supplier locations and other facility locations in U.S. and Canada and possibly Mexico. 



  • Bachelor's degree required in Engineering, Manufacturing or Industrial. 
  • Reactive Black Belt and Green Belt training and completed projects.
  • A minimum of 10 years of Powertrain Manufacturing or Engineering experience. 
  • A minimum of 5 years Powertrain Quality experience. 
  • Thorough understanding of Engines & Driveline components. 
  • Thorough understanding of FCA Quality and Supplier Operations.
  • Thorough understanding of structured problem solving and root cause analysis.
  • Ability to stand and be on your feet long periods of time in a manufacturing environment.


  • Black Belt or Green Belt certification.
  • Experience launching engine programs
  • Manufacturing, design release, and or supplier quality experience are strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of engines, transmissions, and driveline components strongly desired.
  • Experience working in a lean/flat organization with cross functional skills. 
  • Work with internal teams to develop and implement integrated content required to drive growth and maximize customer value.
  • Provide creative thinking to the analysis of data and the identification of new opportunities. 
  • Ability to lead without direct authority.
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Ability to build partnerships both internally and externally. 
  • Capable of planning and prioritizing including the ability to manage multiple projects, determine project urgency and create action plans.
  • Experience and ability to follow ISO/TS16949 and APQP processes to launch and monitor engine manufacturing.
  • The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of developing and executing standardization, especially within the area of Powertrain. 
  • The successful candidate must possess outstanding teamwork, interpersonal and communications skills. 
  • The candidate must be a high-energy, hands-on individual with strength of convictions and leadership presence.
  • This person is by nature a risk-taker and has a high level of ambition. Of equal importance, this person must have unquestioned integrity.

How You Will Be Successful:

  • Envision the Future
  • Communicate Honestly and Broadly
  • Seek Technology and Business “First”
  • Embrace Diversity and Take Risks

What We Offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package
  • 401(k) with matching contributions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Discounts
  • Free training on all Altair products

Why Work with Us:

Altair is a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the areas of data analytics, product development, and high-performance computing (HPC). Altair enables organizations in nearly every industry to compete more effectively in a connected world, while creating a more sustainable future. With more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers in 25 countries, we help solve our customer’s toughest challenges and deliver unparalleled service, helping the innovators innovate, drive better decisions, and turn today’s problems into tomorrow’s opportunities.

Our vision is to transform customer decision making with data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing.

For more than 30 years, we have been helping our customers integrate electronics and controls with mechanical design to expand product value, develop AI, simulation and data-driven digital twins to drive better decisions, and deliver advanced HPC and cloud solutions to support unlimited idea exploration. To learn more, please visit altair.com

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Altair is an equal opportunity employer. Our backgrounds are diverse, and every member of our global team is critical to our success. Altair’s history demonstrations a belief that empowering each individual authentic voice reinforces a culture that thrives because of the uniqueness among our team.