East Penn Manufacturing Company


Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/2/2024 6:20 PM)
Requisition ID
Category (Portal Searching)
Continuous Improvement/Quality
Requisition Type (Portal Searching)
Regular Full-Time

Get to know East Penn!

Navitas Systems LLC, a leader in comprehensive energy storage solutions, was formed in 2011 with the merger of MicroSun Innovative Energy Storage Solutions and MicroSun Electronics, and the acquisition of lithium battery company A123 Systems’ Government Solutions Group. In 2019, East Penn Manufacturing, one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers, acquired majority interest in Navitas Systems. In SEVEN remarkable decades, East Penn has grown from a one-room shop with a product line of five automotive batteries to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers with over 10,500 full-time employees, 515 product designs, operations around the world, and hundreds of awards for industry excellence.


At our Navitas facilities we engage in the research, design, development, and manufacture of advanced lithium cells and energy storage products and systems for both commercial customers and U.S. Government/military customers. We invest in our people, they are and always will be the heart of this company. Are you ready to join a family-owned enterprise committed to honoring the contributions of everyone? Then Navitas is the right place for you.


Navitas is ready to invest in you!  We are seeking an experienced Quality Manager in Ann Arbor, Michigan that will be responsible for leading a team of Quality employees including engineers, supervisors, and technicians and ensuring the implementation of the Navitas Quality Policy and Quality Management System.


  • Maintain and uphold the Navitas Quality Policy and Quality Management System
  • Manage team of Quality professionals
  • Participate in the Advanced Product Quality Planning activities, including the determination of appropriate use of existing and new measurement systems during new tool or process design and startup
  • Collaborate with Navitas’ customer and engineering personnel to determine critical part features and review manufacturability of design
  • Provide support to Manufacturing ensuring consistent application of quality techniques
  • Recommend and implement enhancements to the quality system that improve quality performance, increase customer satisfaction, and/or simplify processes to reduce costs
  • Develop and manage the annual audit plan and internal auditors
  • Develop and submit PPAP documents for new product launches to meet customer requirements
  • Determine when process stability and capability studies should be performed on existing processes, review and analyze results, recommend changes to processes based upon findings, and perform follow up to verify effectiveness
  • Ensure gages are calibrated, as required
  • Coordinate pre-launch production trial run
  • Participate in the development of Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEA) and Control Plans
  • Maintain Control Plans and FMEA's throughout the life of the part
  • Lead and promote use of appropriate problem-solving techniques for effective root cause analysis and successful corrective and preventative action, e.g. 8D methodology
  • Ensure government compliance, as necessary
  • Coordinate with Sales, Purchasing, Engineering, Production, and other departments to resolve customer complaints and concerns
  • Lead quality improvement plan for strategic customers
  • Work with SQE to ensure incoming supplier quality performance
  • Responsible for meeting team targets and key performance indicators
  • Participate in activities needed to support the QMS such as Management Review Meetings and Quality Team Meetings
  • Follow all safety guidelines and operate in a safe manner
  • Physical presence on the job is essential and necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by management


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering required
  • 5-7 years of manufacturing Quality experience
  • Management experience preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Individuals must be comfortable supporting US military-funded work and building products for US and ally military testing and use.
  • Ability to read and follow process documentation / assembly prints / specifications
  • Strong familiarity and experience with manufacturing processes
  • Comfortable with multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional mechanical aptitude (i.e. intuitive understanding of mechanical processes)
  • Proven track record of driving continuous quality improvement in a manufacturing environment
  • Customer quality assurance experience
  • Audit experience - internal and 3rd party audits
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Experience with Quality software applications beneficial. (e.g. statistical analysis software)

Preferred Technical Qualifications:

  • Technical knowledge of battery manufacturing processes
  • Formal training and previous experience as a Lead Internal Auditor
  • Project management experience
  • Certified Quality Engineer
  • Background in GD&T

Required Behavioral Competencies:

  • Communication – communicate effectively with cross-functional work groups including suppliers, customers, and associates, both verbally and in writing; excellent listening skills
  • Organization & Planning – manage time wisely and effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making – identify and solve problems, develop innovative solutions, act decisively, and show good judgment
  • Team Player – respond to requests from other parts of the organization and support organizational goals

Travel:  Overnight travel based on need (less than 20%)


ITAR REQUIREMENTS: To conform to U.S. Government International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) the individual must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

East Penn Benefits

Navitas/East Penn offers excellent benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Group health insurance that includes high quality medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage with a low employee premium
  • Retirement Savings Plan with company match and a 3% employer contribution
  • Paid company holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Fitness Discounts
  • Promotional opportunities



At Navitas/East Penn, our employees are our culture; our employees will always be the heart of the company. We are a private, family-owned enterprise committed to cultivating an atmosphere that honors the contributions of everyone.  We want our employees to have long-term careers, and many do. More than 38% of our workforce has over a decade of service. Our open-door management policy, comprehensive benefits package, employee appreciation and recognition events, and career advancement opportunities are just some of the ways we show our employees how incredibly valued they are.




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