The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) owns and operates the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The Quality Control (QC) Specialist – Level 1 assists and maintain quality standards set by the Integrated Management System (IMS) in the following ISO Standards – 9001, 14001 and 45001. The QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in maintaining the IMS by partnering with various department staff on key projects managed by SDSTA at SURF. The QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in the approval of received materials, in-process production, finished products and recording the results. The QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in providing guidance and direction of activities related to Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) at SDSTA. QC Specialist – Level 1 assists in the design, execution, and oversight of QA/QC initiatives across multiple departments.
Line of Authority
The QC Specialist – Level 1 reports directly to QC Specialist – Level 2.
Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)
- Manages and maintains the system for nonconformance and corrective action.
- Assist the system for document change control.
- Assist the system for calibration.
- Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining systems, processes, and programs to ensure an effective Integrated Management System (IMS).
- Assist with the reviewing of project-specific contractor QC plans in collaboration with the Project Management team.
- Assists with IMS internal and external audits and monitoring activities.
- Assists with continuous process improvement activities.
- Documents assigned project status by completing QA/QC Reports.
- Verifies that incoming material (as appropriate) to meet requirements of the procurement documents.
- Provides guidance, on quality, to field-level support personnel.
- Provides guidance and interpretations for routine QA/QC and IMS matters.
- Provides guidance and assists with reviewing and approving contractor documentation submittals.
- Maintains safe work environment by following standards and procedures and complying with legal regulations.
- Supports SDSTA’s mission with a strong QA/QC focus and best practices.
- Other tasks as assigned.
The QC Specialist Level 1 has the following accountabilities:
- Maintain the nonconformance and corrective action process.
- To ensure QA/QC needs are met and conveying information regularly to the QC Specialist – Level 3 and Level 2.
The QC Specialist – Level 1 has the following authorities:
- To approve finished products by confirming specifications and conducting required tests for in-scope projects.
- To stop work upon recognition of a condition that presents imminent danger to the safety and health of staff, the public or the environment.
- Associates’ degree in related field required and/or equivalent experience.
- Experience working within an ISO system or business inclusive of QA/QC, and related activities.
- Strong PC skills: MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, management software’s, etc.
- Nonconformance/Corrective Action system experience a plus.
- Calibration system experience a plus.
- ISO auditing experience a plus.
- Understanding of ISO standards a plus.
- Ability to analyze problems using Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools and develop solutions to meet business needs a plus.
- Previous experience working in a government regulated environment (DOE, EPA, etc.) a plus.
- Construction industry/mining/excavation/environmental/safety experience a plus.
- ISO Auditor Training a plus.
- Adaptability—Ability to effectively adjust to changing priorities and demands; must be able to solve problems. Ability to accept criticism.
- Attention to Detail—Ability to maintain constant awareness of surroundings and ensure tasks are completed carefully and accurately.
- Communication—Communicates effectively and clearly with a wide range of audiences in both written and oral form.
- Influence—Ability to gain acceptance or support for ideas, projects and solutions.
- Initiative— Ability to persist despite difficult conditions and to make suggestions for improvements.
- Organization—Plans ahead and works in a systematic, organized way.
- Problem-solving—Ability to determine the root-cause of a problem, investigate and analyze information and identify, prioritize and select alternatives for a solution.
- Safety—Ability to learn, understand and comply with SDSTA’s safety requirements. Willing to accept and enforce strict safety practices.
- Proof of a valid driver’s license is required.
- Comply with SDSTA’s safety program.
- Act in accordance with SDSTA’s core values: Safety Focused, Care for Others, Professionalism and Being a Team Player.
- Perform work in a typical office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Work in all types of environmental conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold).
- Perform work in the SURF underground environment at depths up to 5000 feet.
- Work from ladders, scaffolding and in confined places.
- Perform limited physical labor and light lifting.
- Working other than normal business hours may be required periodically.
The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website www.sanfordlab.org/careers or upon request from Human Resources.