New role Quality Manager IATF 16949, new company, advise how to get started

Thomas Dorner

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Hi everyone,

Please, I was not sure where to put this thread, which section is appropriate, so forgive me if it is place in the wrong section.

Anyway, I am a Quality Engineer and Lead Auditor with many years of experience with ISO 9001, but practically not much experience with IATF 16949. I start a new job in a few weeks as a Quality Manager and will be responsible for ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 QMS. I am not sure how exactly both systems are installed yet (need to find out), but I would appreciate all the advise I can get from experienced colleagues how to get started. Meaning, new to the company I was thinking conducting a SWOT analysis at the beginning to find out where are the strength and weaknesses and in second step conduct a GAP analysis to find out how the QMS is doing.

Please let me know if this will be the right approach, or if you have better suggestions how to get started and how to get as quick as possible an insight of the company and it's systems, I welcome and appreciate every comment.

Thank you,
Thomas
 
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John Broomfield

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Thomas,

Congrats on your new challenge.

Start by studying the IATF requirements beyond ISO 9001 and the business management system. The business management system is the one system that delivers quality, or not.

Really listen to your colleagues so they can see that you respect their business management system and they’ll be ready to engage in making any necessary changes.

From your understanding of both the requirements and the business management system you should have a clear idea of what changes your colleagues need to make to their processes.

Note that thinking one system for each standard is not the way ahead and you may already find that your colleagues have a handle on risk management.

Good luck,

John
 

Golfman25

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Read the IATF standard. Review their corrective actions so you can see where previous issues where. Then spend the first week or two walking thru it -- kind of like an audit, gap analysis. But not looking for anything, just learning how it's implemented. Don't walk in and start to make changes. Let the need for changes come up thru the system. Good luck.
 
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