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Lead Auditor and Quality Manager - Conflict of Interest?

Jim G

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#1
Hi Covers
I am currently the business lead auditor for an aerospace company. Our Quality Manager has left very suddenly and I have been asked to take on his role alongside my existing job.

This would mean promotion and a large salary increase if I agree.

We are an ISO 9100 Rev C, EASA Part 21 & 145 approved organisation.

My question: Is there a conflict of interest in carrying out both roles, and would there be any issues with the regulatory bodies.

Thanks in advance--Jim G
 
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Steve Prevette

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#2
Re: Conflict of interest??

Probably a conflict of interest. Practically, I don't see how you could fulfill the needs of both roles. Good to develop a person to take on your old role, which would give some defense in depth, and backup for you.
 

Big Jim

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#3
Although the potential for a conflict of interest exists, it all depends on how it is handled.

First of all, there is no role of "lead auditor" in AS9100C. There is a role of management representative as defined in 5.5.2. It is extremely common for the management representative to be one of the internal auditors and to even be the "lead auditor" however you may define that.

It is also common for the "quality manager", however you define that, to be the management representative, but it doesn't need to be. Perhaps it could be argued that being the management representative and the quality manager would be a conflict of interest as well, but it certainly doesn't need to be the case.

I think combining the roles of quality manager, management representative, and even lead auditor, harkens back to a time when everything to do with quality was put on the shoulders of one person, and no one else in the organization gave quality another thought. Hopefully we are more enlightened today.

So you may want to consider developing another internal auditor to become the "lead auditor", especially if you consider it to be a potential conflict. It would probably make you a better quality manager to lighten your load a bit, but I don't feel it is entirely necessary.
 

Jim G

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#5
Thanks Guys
Sidney, i would not be the Accountable Manager (MD holds that post) however I may become certifying staff.
 
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