Director of Quality Assurance

The La Jolla Group

Irvine, Orange County California

8 year(s)
$140000.00 - $150000.00 per Year
Job Description
Company Introduction

The La Jolla Group is a worldwide leader in the action sports apparel business segment with a fast paced, high energy environment that is continually on the move. With prominent brands such as O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, and Hang Ten, La Jolla Group has proved to be a builder of great brands, a creator of innovative products, and a master of operational excellence.

Join our team and enjoy a casual work environment, onsite gym, discount on clothes, summer hours and employer provided lunches and fruit! We believe our employees are our strongest asset and invest in their growth by focusing on developing their strengths.

General Summary

The primary role of the Director of Quality Assurance is to establish, implement, and maintain quality assurance system and associated procedures to preserve product integrity and consistency at all stages of the production life cycle. Ensure global manufacturing partners meet and exceed minimum Code of Conduct standards and establish, implement, and maintain routine audit inspections that ensure La Jolla Groups global factory base demonstrates the ability to exceed product workmanship and performance standards. The Quality Assurance Director is responsible for providing product construction guidance to cross-functional departments within the company and to uphold best practices throughout the supply chain and help promote a culture of Quality in the organization.

Essential Job Functions

•Establish and manage raw material product testing and compliance requirements as determined by the brand and/or customer.
•Develop procedures, workflow, and corrective action procedures for in-process product inspection from raw materials to finished goods.
•Establish and implement internal and external appropriate standards for inspection and create product quality documentation system.
•Negotiate and manage outside services expenses required to implement quality assurance procedures across the supply chain.
•Support strategy, execution, and corrective action follow up of factory validation audits including but not limited to:
-Factory Capacity and Capability Audits
-Factory Purchasing, Production, Shipping, and Quality Assurance Procedures
-Factory Tours/Inspections
-Targeted Raw Materials, Inline and Final Inspection
-Process for Remote Inspection and Audits
•Maintain supply chain mapping and cotton verification to provide transparency of raw goods origin and ensure best practices.
•Monitor the progress and provide guidance of Quality Assurance procedures for domestic and overseas vendors.
•Review required sample pulls and final inspections and strategize techniques to improve vendor practices to mitigate corrective actions.
•Determine 3rd Party Inspection strategy, execution, and follow up.
•Coach and manage quality assurance staff on all inspection processes and requirements.

Job Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

•Maintenance of professional and technical knowledge to continuously improve Quality Assurance procedures and standards in the Apparel industry.
•Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems.
•Strong organizational and communication skills with attention to accuracy and detail.
•Ability to prioritize tasks appropriately to ensure deadlines are met.
•Must be able to work effectively across multiple functions with business colleagues domestically and internationally.

Required Education and Experience

•Bachelor’s Degree – Technical Design or Merchandising or equivalent experience/training.
•Minimum 8-10 years of experience in previous Quality Assurance Role Mandatory
•Intermediate computer skills with emphasis on MS Office software, Adobe Acrobat. Knowledge in Illustrator is a plus.
•Full Circle knowledge a plus
•PLM software experience also a plus

Our Hybrid positions are expected to be in-office 2-3 days per week. Hybrid schedules may fluctuate at the discretion of the manager, department, or company.

Physical Requirements

Seeing: Must be able to see well enough to read reports.
Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with customers, vendors and employees.
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling: Must be able to stoop or kneel to pick up products.
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds.
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to type and use technical sources.

LJG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy or maternity leave), genetic information and any other characteristics protected by law.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Also, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.