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Launch Leader - Quality

Do you want to lead the change?

At Volvo Cars, we are always looking for world-class leaders who bring out the best in our people. If you want to be part of leading and inspiring our mission to change the automotive experience and make people’s lives less complicated, then we have the job for you.


Principal Responsibilities:

Responsible for coordinating all Change Points related to New Model activity around vehicle Quality at Volvo Cars Charleston Assembly Plant. Representing the Plant Manager and Plant Management Team in all Launch related activities from Project Start through Closing and provides the "Voice of the Plant" to other divisions enforcing the PQOS (Plant Quality Operating System). Select and develop the Quality support organization required to manage the change content of the proposed new model. Provide direction and leadership to the plant launch team on objectives, deliverables, change points, and priorities relating to Quality that meet the PQOS. Develop, implement and track all new product launches (project management), including workforce readiness status people, processes & facilities, equipment & tooling, indirect materials, and management systems that will meet or exceed Result KPI's. Provide input to launch plan & timing development to ensure success for the project that meets market requirements. Provide input to launch budget development to ensure that it provides required resources to allow plant to deliver launch targets including Incoming Material Quality and Finished Vehicle Quality. Ensure Start of Production Launch Quality systems and procedures are in place to secure Quality delivery to the Customer. Provide the Plant's needs, wants and lessons learned into the program early. Manage rapid closure of issues from Pre Series Build to ensure problems are being closed in a timely manner or escalated if stuck with the teams. Participate and represent plant in Manufacturing Readiness Reviews. Responsible for following of standard processes, methods and tools of Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Engineering. Travel as required to support launch program activities (up to 20% in peak periods).


Job Specifications:

  • Four-year degree in Engineering.
  • 3 to 5 years of Experience in Automotive Launch role leading and directing cross functional teams
  • Knowledge of auto industry and manufacturing, including PPAP and Quality Systems.
  • Practical experience from the production process including Process FMEA and Control Plans.
  • Knowledge about the processes, methods, and tools of Manufacturing and R&D.
  • Project and time management skills including facilitation of large cross functional teams.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, as well as advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.



  • Ability to articulate complex issues visually so the audience can quickly grasp the situation.
  • Carries out all duties and responsibilities with the utmost integrity and consistent with the highest ethical standards.
  • Remains flexible and responsive to changing conditions. Uses both logic and intuition to reach appropriate conclusions.
  • Listens to others; respects their differences. Customer/Client Focus.
  • Ability to communicate, persuade and make effective formal presentations.
  • Ability to utilize a PC to communicate, track trends and retrieve relevant information.


Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Volvo Car is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship.


Who are we?

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future.

Since 1927, we have been a brand known for our commitment to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers. In 2010, we decided to transform our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technologies, as well as steady growth and record sales. Today, we’re expanding our global footprint in Europe, China and the US, and we’re on the lookout for new talent.

We are constantly pushing our own skills and abilities to drive change in the automobile industry like never before. We are looking for innovative, committed people to join us in this endeavour and create safe, sustainable and connected cars. We believe in the power of people and will challenge and support you to reach your full potential. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ journey into the future.

Charleston, SC, US

Job requisition ID:  16431

Nearest Major Market: Charleston South Carolina
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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