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Principal Quality Assurance Engineer

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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Job ID: R0005358
Date Posted: Mar 28, 2022
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail STS Canada, Inc.
Profession (Job Category): Quality Management
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Hitachi Rail is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Principle Quality Assurance Engineer  as we are expanding and currently bidding on new business opportunities. The position will be part of the full-cycle of the project. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of tasks from administrative to strategic. The position is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.”

Who We Are
Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signaling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions.


As the Principle Quality Assurance Engineer, the candidate will be responsible for:

  • Establishing a Design Quality Management program based upon the contractual requirements and in accordance with ISO 9001;
  • Interfacing with the program level team as well as subcontractors and suppliers to ensure the proper execution of the project in accordance with applicable planning documents and contractual requirements;
  • Quality interface with primary subcontractors and responsible for unified approach to quality between all subcontractors and the program level organization including supporting the integration of the systems from a quality assurance perspective;
  • Interfacing with and completely familiar with all ongoing quality functions being performed by all project parties and its Subcontractors and suppliers;
  • Creation of all program quality planning documents;
  • Evaluating problems and verifying resolutions, including ordering rework or replacement for any non-conforming Work;
  • Ensure the identification of any supplier and vendor issues/ problems and the sharing of these issues/ problems with all relevant Company units
  • Ensure the implementation of all quality assurance activities required to solve any supplier/ vendor issues/ problems;
  • Ensure the preparation of a yearly internal and external quality audit program and implement the activities in accordance with the program schedule and defined methodology;
  • Witnessing inspections of various systems, subsystems or products, including First Article Inspections (e.g., supporting Design Team);
  • Supporting any receiving inspection activities as required;
  • Primary quality interface with the customer counterpart;
  • Supporting the on-site Program team regarding all Quality Assurance activities;
  • Ensure the definition, planning and implementation of all Company activities required for the achievement of the quality certifications (e.g. ISO 9001).

Required Skills/ Knowledge

  • 10-15 Years Business Experience as QA Manager in a Project environment overseeing the delivery of passenger rail transit systems;
  • Greater than 10 years of experience as design team lead of passenger rail transit systems;
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario Professional Engineer with at least 5 years of experience overseeing the design of transit;
  • Registration as a as a quality professional from a certifying body, demonstrating, at minimum, the successful completion of an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course;
  • Manage Quality Assurance for a Project greater than $250M;
  • Experience in CBTC systems of a level necessary to coordinate any quality or inspection issues;
  • Construction/Installation experience of a level necessary to coordinate any quality issues or inspections;
  • Experience leading a multi-disciplinary design team on multiple project examples;
  • Experience auditing systems, processes, and products (hardware and software) both internally and externally;
  • Experience in reading technical documents, drawings and / or schematics;
  • Experience in Software Quality Assurance, Hardware Quality Assurance, and Configuration Management;
  • Experience in Quality Management within the public transit industry;
  • Experience in working with Quality Management Systems;
  • Knowledge and implementation experience of applicable standards (e.g, IEEE, ISO, IRIS, CMMI, CENELEC, IEEE , etc.)
  • Auditing Standards (ISO 19011) and techniques;
  • Full knowledge of Ontario and ISO rail delivery standards and practices with ability to demonstrate using each on past projects;
  • Knowledge of quality methods (such as PDCA);
  • Process Management Knowledge and organization techniques;
  • Knowledge of Risk and Opportunity Management;
  • Knowledge of Project Management;
  • Knowledge of cost estimating techniques and budgeting;
  • Experience in using suite of MS office tools;
  • Must be fluent in English;
  • Good communication skills in relaying technical information via verbal or written communication;
  • Team player;
  • Good problem solving skills.

Desired Skills/ Knowledge

  • Knowledge of safety analyses (e.g., Failure Modes Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and Hazard Analysis) a plus;
  • Professional affiliations, certificates, or awards desirable.
  • Local experience considered an asset.


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Hitachi Rail employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability, Life & Accident Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a Retirement Savings Plan, and Paid Vacation. We also offer a number of Work/Life Programs such as Flextime and a variety of Training and Development opportunities.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Join us at www.Hitachi

It is our commitment at Hitachi Rail to create a diverse environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


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