Vehicle and Product Quality Manager – Loveland, CO




Vehicle and Product Quality Manager –  fast growing company!

It is an exciting time at Lightning eMotors, a fast growing company that designs and manufactures a wide portfolio of best-in-class zero emission medium and heavy duty vehicles – from Class 3 cargo vans, passenger vans, and ambulances, to Class 4 shuttle buses and box trucks, to Class 6 work trucks, Class 7 city buses, and Class 8 motor coaches.    Our team designs, engineers, customizes, and manufactures electric vehicles to support this wide array of fleet customer needs, with a full suite of telematics, analytics, and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime and energy efficiency.

We are seeking a Vehicle and Product Quality Manager to ensure that all company products and services meet quality standards.  You will be an integral part of our outstanding team, working with like-minded professionals dedicated to making a difference in the world and transforming the automotive industry.

The role will be based in the company’s headquarters in Loveland, Colorado.

Why join Lightning?

We expect 2021 to be a game-changing year for us as we have just gone public! This will enable us to continue scaling our manufacturing and engineering capabilities, and maintain our leadership in the commercial electric vehicle space.

With 10 years in R&D, Lightning is ahead of the game with our dominant market positioning, proprietary technology, and highly experienced management team.

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About the position:

Under the direction of the Quality Control Manager, this position will be responsible to ensure that all company products and services meet quality standards. The primary responsibilities include understanding internal and external customer expectations and needs, outlining quality standards, and developing effective quality assurance/control processes that are compliant to ISO/IATF requirements.

Key accountabilities include:

This position will operate in two distinct phases:

1) While Lightning eMotors is establishing its basic organizational needs, this individual will:

  • Support management in locating, interviewing, and hiring (if required) other candidates to fulfill the needs of the Vehicle and Product Quality Organization.
  • Work with Engineering to establish, develop and document workmanship and acceptance standards for all product families. Establish and document process controls utilizing APQP process documentation (Process Flow, PFMEA, Control Plan).
  • Work closely with Senior Quality Management and Senior Engineering Management to establish effective design release controls to ensure effective planning, communication, and execution of design changes across the organization.


2) In parallel with 1, and looking into the future:

  • Work with Lightning Management to establish compliant systems and processes needed to meet ISO and IATF certification requirements.
  • Locate, interview, and hire Quality Engineers to support Electrical Testing and Mechanical Fabrication areas.
  • Establish measures of process capability and relevant statistical data to drive continuous improvement objectives.
  • Train the Quality Organization, and Lightning employees on Root Cause Analysis techniques and support implementation of Lean Principles.
  • Working with Senior Quality Management to develop and manage a budget for the Vehicle and Product Quality Organization and manage strictly to it.

Skills/Experience/Knowledge required:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Materials, Business, or similar disciplines
  • 10 years experience in the automotive industry as an OEM or Tier 1 supplier
  • Experienced with ISO based Quality systems, TS-16949 or IATF 16949 preferred
  • Experienced in AIAG Core Tools and application (APQP, PPAP, MSA, SPC, FMEA)
  • Experienced in creation and application of metrics applied to manufacturing processes
  • Experienced in managing and assessing direct reports
  • Skilled in problem-solving and effective decision-making
  • Ability to use analytic methods and tools to understand, predict, and/or control production operations and processes. Ability to analyze data and understand connections.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, or related software
  • Ability to multitask and manage quickly changing objectives and priorities
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and independent worker; ability to work alone or as part of a team


  • Master’s degree
  • QMS development & implementation experience
  • Internal auditing experience
  • ASQ and/or AIAG Certifications
  • Root cause analysis experience
  • Experience in equipment, vehicle, or technology.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: $100,000 – $120,000


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance