Global Failure Analysis Lead

Posted 23 Sep 2022

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin - United States

Req Id 254234


A career with EMD Electronics is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 60,300 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Electronics is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.


Everything we do in EMD Electronics is to help us deliver on our purpose of being the company behind the companies, advancing digital living. We are dedicated to being the trusted supplier of high-tech materials, services and specialty chemicals for the electronics, automotive and cosmetics industries. We foster a global collaborative organization made up of individuals who have the passion to win, obsess about the customer, are relentlessly curious and act with urgency. Together, we push the boundaries of science to make more possible for our customers. 

Your Role:


The Global Failure Analysis Lead at EMD Electronics in Sheboygan Falls, WI will develop and implement failure analysis solutions to address internal/external customer issues across all thin films EMD sites.  This position will lead and manage a small team to perform failure analysis at each EMD site by performing a root cause analysis.  Maintain a global presence to ensure all lessons learned are implemented to prevent future failures. This position will also be a hybrid role.


Additional responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading Failure Investigation Team and aligning failure analysis operating procedures across the global organization.
  • Will work cross-functionally with Manufacturing, quality, Operations, and Product Management teams to ensure the successful and timely resolution of container troubleshooting efforts.
  • Drive investigations independently with limited oversight, in coordination with Technical Operations management and Quality
  • Define problem statements, perform impact, and risk assessments, and utilize formal root cause analysis methods to determine and propose corrective actions
  • Independently analyze complex data, interpret results, and interface cross-functionally to collect troubleshooting information and form plans/solutions to mitigate technical issues
  • Demonstrate sustained technical expertise in a field of specialization and communicate technical conclusions to broader audiences, both internal and external, in a diplomatic and professional manner
  • Lead projects to implement process improvements based on the outcome of investigations, and proactively identify process gaps and/or inefficiencies
  • Assist staff and other departments as a technical resource, demonstrate the ability to lead teams/efforts without direct authority, provide audit support, as needed, with limited guidance


Who You Are:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics
  • 5+ years industry experience in failure analysis


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing corrective action (CAPA) projects
  • 3+ years with Quality Systems within a regulated environment
  • Technical experience in the thin films industry
  • Six Sigma Green Belt

What we offer: We are curious minds that come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. We celebrate all dimensions of diversity. We believe that it drives excellence, innovation, and human progress. We care about our customers, patients, and our rich mix of people. This diversity strengthens our ability to lead in science and technology. We are committed to creating access and opportunities for all and empower you to fulfil your ambitions. Our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. Join us in building a culture of inclusion and belonging that impacts millions and empowers everyone to bring their curiosity to life!


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If you are a resident of Colorado or New York City, you are eligible to receive additional information about the compensation and benefits, which we will provide upon request. You may contact 855 444 5678 from 8:00am to 5:30pm ET Monday through Friday, for assistance.


The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.


As an employee of the Company, you will be required to comply with all of the Company’s COVID-19 safety protocols and policies. The organization has currently suspended enforcement of its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, but that policy may be reinstated by the Company in its discretion.



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