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As a leading global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, Lam Research develops innovative solutions that help our customers build smaller, faster, and more power-efficient devices.

This success is the result of our employees' diverse technical and business expertise, which fuels close collaboration and ongoing innovation.

Join the Lam Research team, where you can write your own success story. Come help us solve our customers' toughest problems and be part of a company that plays a vital role in the future of electronics.

Lam Research - a company where successful people want to work.

Mgr, Functional Quality

Date: Dec 6, 2019

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Together we move the Atoms that move the World

Imagine working on the front lines of innovation! As one of the semiconductor industry's leading suppliers of wafer fabrication equipment and services, our technology depends on finding and hiring the best and the brightest employees. We know that our dynamic, global team of exceptional employees is essential to our continued growth.


Lam Research - where successful people want to work:

We are a company comprised of people who work hard, deliver outstanding results and maintain a sense of humor during even the most challenging times. This is truly a rare opportunity. Lam Research is a market leader where our core values are not just words on the back of your badge. Given the criticality of this role to Lam Research's success, this philosophy starts with you.

 Position Summary:

Acts as the functional quality leader directing the development and implementation of activities in the production area(s) to meet quality goals within a cross-matrixed and global organization.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Ensures the voice of the factory on quality is accurately and consistently represented within the region and factory.  Program manages execution, quality of investigations, and RCCA’s to cycle time objectives.  Possesses analytical capability to identify trends and patterns in quality data to drive required improvement.  Drives activities and resources to respond to the customer on quality resolution and requests.  Empowered to identify, recommend, and drive preventative actions within their respective function.  Works as part of the global functional quality manager team to improve processes and share BKMs to improve results.  Holds the factory teams and the quality program leaders accountable for delivering on quality objectives through the establishment of effective accountability systems.  Strategic thinking focused to increase productivity through support and leadership of people, process, and technology while building for the future of manufacturing.  Delegates work as necessary to remain strategic even during ramp up or busy times.  May plan or administer budgetary recommendations, control group level expenditures, and indirect labor staffing levels.  Manages, coaches, and mentors team members. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operations of the function and to create a high performing team.  Exemplifies Lam Core Values and demonstrates Manager Competencies.  Adheres and holds other accountable to safety regulations.

Job Complexity:

Independently resolves most manufacturing operations issues (customer requirements, all input variables to process, facilities issues, technical problems) within set operation parameters, proactively engaging Supply Chain senior leaders as needed to escalate, or revisit based on changing business requirements. Develop the productivity improvement strategy and workforce planning required to meet future workload demands. Maintain and improve factory processes and operating systems for the manufacture of wafer fabrication equipment including production efficiency, waste reduction, cycle times, capacity, manufacturing and design capabilities and others as needed. Maintains in process quality control systems to ensure product quality. Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business trends.  Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.  Acts as advisor to subordinate(s) to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems. Develops and administers schedules, performance requirements; may have budget responsibilities.


Works closely with production and support teams as required to evaluate results to improve processes.

Partner with Product Engineering and New Product Introduction groups to help improve design for manufacturing ability and in corporate mistake proofing. Frequently interacts with subordinate supervisors, customers, and/or functional peer group managers, normally involving matters between functional areas, other company divisions or units, or customers and the company. Often must lead a cooperative effort among members of a project team.


Management Role:

Leads team to implement Lean, Six-Sigma, 8D, and other problem-solving methods, operation sequences and processes to reliably produce complex semiconductor capital equipment systems, and their sub-assemblies, in a repeatable manner. Directly supervises employees and performs other managerial responsibilities within the employee lifecycle. Provides clear expectations and regular feedback specific to performance management, focuses on employee development through 1:1s and group discussions, coaches for performance and applies disciplinary action or recognition as needed. Encourages team work by modeling and follow through with positive communication/feedback and problem-solving behaviors while honoring Lam's core values. Communicates for understanding or action and adjust communication based on when and how it’s needed, and the level needed (such as down or across organization). Holds team accountable to demonstrating Lam Core Values. Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established company policies and to meet compliance requirements. Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s).  Manages the coordination of the activities for a team with responsibility for results, including costs, methods and staffing.


Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years of related management experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent work experience.
  • Operations management experience required
  • Six Sigma (Black Belt) is strongly preferred
  • Previous experience in the high-tech industry preferred


Specific Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of industrial / manufacturing processes, human factor, organizational behavior
  • Basic understanding of design principles and processes
  • Experienced in problem statement creation and root cause determination (5Why/Ishikawa)
  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing and advanced (preferred) manufacturing methodologies and assembly processes with vacuum systems specifically fittings and connections
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing and Kanban a must
  • Database software, Microsoft Office Suite, Enterprise Systems
  • Provide adequate resources needed for team/org, manage budgets, ensure that support materials are available
  • Effective problem solving and learning mindset, strong decision maker
  • Strong verbal, written communication, and collaboration skills
  • Ability to manage complex processes and projects, work under tight time constraints and effectively work in a cross-matrixed environment
  • Bias for action, both tactical and strategic


Leadership Competencies:

  • Sets a vision, diagnoses the need to change, and architects and executes change within and across areas of Lam.
  • Communicates clearly, fosters rigorous debate, inspires, recruits and develops diverse talent.
  • Creates value for the company by collaborating effectively across organizational units and the industry ecosystem.
  • Thinks and acts strategically and create differentiated value for customers and the company.
  • Drives innovations in technology, products, services, business models and ways of working that differentiate Lam and adds customer value.
  • Makes decisions, holds everyone accountable for results, and scales operations.


Physical Requirements:

Must be capable of working within a controlled clean room environment and adhering to all specified gown and personal protective equipment requirements.



The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time



Our work is everywhere you look – even if you can’t actually see it.  Lam Research goes deeper than software or chips to the heart of the process that enables chip creation.   So if you want to help power the components that empower everything, join us.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

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