Quality Control Engineer

Pivotal Commware

Pivotal Commware

Other Engineering, Quality Assurance
Bothell, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023
Pivotal Commware develops 5G communications platforms, systems and applications based on Holographic Beam Forming® , a patented breakthrough in electromagnetic physics. HBF allows Pivotal to create software-defined antennas that can harness, shape and direct radio waves with order-of magnitude advantages over legacy beamforming systems in cost, size, weight and power consumption (C-SWaP). HBF enables mobile network operators to maximize capacity, coverage and throughput on demand and is recognized as an essential element in the 5G ecosystem. 5G leadership is pivotal to the US economy, and 5G is Pivotal™.
Pivotal is looking for a Quality Control Engineer to join our growing company. This individual will be in charge of full inspections on mechanical parts and partnering with external supplier to ensure the quality of our products are at the highest standards. This position reports to our Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor.


  • Perform inspections for first off custom mechanical parts and on an AQL supporting mechanical engineering design and development.
  • Develop production quality controls and inspection methods for internal and external development builds.
  • Provide technical support and troubleshooting for manufacturing processes and equipment.
  • Recognize and recommend design changes to improve manufacturability.
  • Track and qualify or disqualify suppliers according to organization's quality standards.
  • Maintain successful relationships with supply, engineering, manufacturing, and regulatory departments.
  • Summarize and report supplier performance and quality to management.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of supplier management programs.
  • Identify technical problems with suppliers and implement corrective actions.
  • Conduct capability assessments that verify supplier qualifications.
  • Oversee the Customer RMA (return material authorization) workflow by generating summary reports, pareto analysis, and other ad hoc reports.


  • 1-3+ years of producing and presenting defect data, metrics, supplier quality, improvement initiatives and status to top leadership
  • 1-3+ years’ experience with complex quality management systems, including inspection optimization and/or APQP
  • 3-5+ years’ experience using data to find root cause, develop solutions and implement corrective action plans
  • 1-3+ years utilizing statistical analysis tools to implement / improve quality assurance processes in a production environment
  • 1-3+ years' experience in supplier requirements and supplier improvement initiatives (e.g. PPAP, PFMEA, Kaizen)
  • Experience with hands-on inspection or utilizing calibrated inspection tools
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Industrial Technology
  • Proficient in ISO 9001
  • Proficient in M/S Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience implementing quality engineering principles through development and NPI programs.
  • ASQ -Certified Quality Engineer, Auditor, or Six Sigma Green / Black Belt
  • 1-3+ years’ experience with Design of Experiments, Cp/CPk, Process Control Charts, Defect Analysis, Key Performance Indicators
  • Project Management Experience
  • Proficiency in Minitab
  • Excellent people skills and adaptability

Key Attributes and Physical Requirements

  • You possess excellent negotiation skills. You can successfully negotiate with vendors to achieve desired results.
  • You communicate in a professional, efficient manner at all levels of the company and portray a positive and professional image.
  • You are an influencer – you know when to use discretion and tact, while knowing when to push to drive results.
  • You possess strong attention to detail.
  • You possess good communication skills and can build cross functional relationships in the organization. You communicate issues and roadblocks effectively.
  • You are a nimble, adaptive, “roll up the sleeves” employee who is flexible and resilient that enjoys working in a startup environment. You are flexible and able to function comfortably in a fast paced, constantly changing, and ambiguous environment.
  • Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand or sit for prolonged periods (50% of the time).
Compensation Summary:
Targeted starting salary range: $105,000 - $130,000/yr
Annual bonus eligibility - up to 7.5% of base salary
Individual Stock Options - Board approved
Complete list of benefits - Click here
Pivotal is expanding its team and looks for talent at all levels. If the parameters of this particular job are not an exact match for your skills and experience, we still encourage you to apply to our "Don't see an exact fit to your profile" job posting at the bottom of our careers page. Our Recruiting team will evaluate your background appropriately for new, upcoming or alternative roles and reach out if there is interest on our part for discussion.
Pivotal was named among Washington’s Top 100 Places to Work in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022.
At Pivotal you will join a team experienced in advanced communications, RAN system development and deployment, commercial antenna’s, RF design, cloud-based management software and machine learning. If you want to apply yourself to this fascinating endeavor, then we would love to hear from you!
Pivotal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences within our workforce.