Quality Manager Retiring

brandieb1230

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#1
Our quality manager is retiring Friday and the positions has not been filled yet. I am looking at IATF 16949 and Ford, FCA, GM requirements and am not seeing something specifically stating that we need a quality manager. Am I missing something? I feel if we have a plan in place where the responsibilities of that position are divided amongst ourselves than it shouldn't be an issue until the position has been filled.

I am aware we have to contact our certification body and make them aware of the organizational change announcement.
 
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Johnny Quality

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brandieb,

Your organization does not need a "quality manager" but it would be wise to assess what the QM did and either hire a replacement, delegate their duties and/or re-organize.

An immediate risk would be internal auditing if the QM was the lead auditor. Other risks would be duties that only the QM knows how to do.
 

Johnnymo62

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Ford will need someone's name to enter into their supplier portal that is responsible for Quality. They used to require a management level person.

I think this is done in Covisint. See if your company's Covisint administrator has that info.

If your retiring QM is the administrator, get their password. It may take a while to update the Ford portal.
 

brandieb1230

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brandieb,

Your organization does not need a "quality manager" but it would be wise to assess what the QM did and either hire a replacement, delegate their duties and/or re-organize.

An immediate risk would be internal auditing if the QM was the lead auditor. Other risks would be duties that only the QM knows how to do.
Thanks for your response, Johnny!
We met yesterday and discussed all the responsibilities and who would be responsible for them until a replacement is hired.
 

brandieb1230

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#5
Ford will need someone's name to enter into their supplier portal that is responsible for Quality. They used to require a management level person.

I think this is done in Covisint. See if your company's Covisint administrator has that info.

If your retiring QM is the administrator, get their password. It may take a while to update the Ford portal.
Thank you, Johnnymo! We didn't even think about Covisint and getting the name changed. Asking for the password is another great tip.
 

qualprod

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Our quality manager is retiring Friday and the positions has not been filled yet. I am looking at IATF 16949 and Ford, FCA, GM requirements and am not seeing something specifically stating that we need a quality manager. Am I missing something? I feel if we have a plan in place where the responsibilities of that position are divided amongst ourselves than it shouldn't be an issue until the position has been filled.

I am aware we have to contact our certification body and make them aware of the organizational change announcement.
Brandieb1230, Take a look at 7.1.6 - Organizational Knowledge.

That is the knowledge needed for your company, what have you done about this requirement?
It pefectly fits into this clause.
In this case what knowledge of your manager you need for the company to run properly?
This issue should be addressed at least 6 months ago or so, so that you assign other person beside this manager
and get/teach all infomation you need, moreover because not all what the manager "knows" is written down in papers (procedures, work instructions,emails, etc)
Hope this helps
 
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