28 days ago - J-00232307-578

Failure Analysis Project Leader


Chemistry & materials science

In a nutshell


San Diego - CA, US




3-7 years



Job Category

Chemistry & materials science



Introduction to the job

The Failure Analysis Project Lead is responsible for the planning and execution of the failure analysis activities in the San Diego Factory.In this role you will lead resources from, Manufacturing, Development, Logistics, and Customer Support to ensure timely and high quality analysis of parts produced out of the EUV San Diego Factory.

The Failure Analysis Project Lead is a program lead for all products produced in the local factory.The person who will fill this role must possess knowledge of Root Cause Problem Solving techniques and LEAN methodology with a history of successfully driving delivery of cross department teams to breakthroughs in work processes.The right candidate will be responsible for developing project plans for his/her areas of responsibility in support of San Diego Factory and internal and external customers’ needs, resolvingWith the project plan aligned with stakeholders, the person must be able to define deliverables and estimate completion times to drive execution.In addition, the project leader must be able to form a vision, provide leadership, and manage stakeholders.

The candidate will adhere to and help improve the processes established at ASML. Also, the candidate will support the manager of Production Engineering in his/her effort to strengthen the technical competencies and capabilities of the group, and is expected to become a recognized leader for the areas of his/her responsibility within the global ASML OPS organization.

This position requires access to controlled technology as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. § 730, et seq.). Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Role and responsibilities

Failure Analysis Coordination:

  • Drive tactical coordination to complete analysis on defective parts
  • Coordinate with customer logistics, factory logistics, manufacturing, and various engineering departments to align priorities of Failure Analysis
  • Ensure quality output of each step in the process is being executed by responsible parties
  • Develop, write, and communicate specific procedures for individual failures
  • Physically perform or assist in mechanical or electrical work to analyze defective components
  • Step in to drive or execute hands on the production floor to make decisions or complete analysis on failed hardware
  • Take the lead in escalations that are beyond control of operators, and implement methods and actions that prevent them from recurring.
  • Ensure the agreed escalation process is executed.

Business Process Improvements:

  • Analyzes process of customer returns through failure analysis and root cause analysis using LEAN tools and concepts
  • Optimizes processes to eliminate non value added activities and drives focus and improvement actions on critical steps in process
  • Drives buy in from team members on process improvements and documents new processes
  • Coach the team members in maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Review the execution phase with the team members on a regular basis.
  • Participate in global network of problem solving experts to share best practices, determine global standards for the company, and drive proliferation locally in San Diego
  • Project Reporting Phase:
  • Daily reporting on project status
  • Provide presentations and reports as required to update stakeholders with plans and progresses, identify risks and opportunities, and support key decision points.
  • Manage stakeholders to drive priority based on project goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or higher degree in engineering, physics, applied sciences, or equivalent.
  • 2+ years of prior people or project management.
  • Expertise in LEAN principals and continuous improvement breakthroughs.
  • Expertise in structured problem solving methodologies such as, but not limited to 8D or A3.
  • Experience with facilitating cross department teams to make rapid decisions and improve processes.
  • Ability to search, listen, and recognize company and customers’ needs, and translate into project plans and requirements.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Demonstrated sustained drive for results.
  • Possess knowledge and experience in capital equipment product development.
  • Possess time management skills.
  • Well organized in tracking project and task progresses.
  • Experience in a challengingenvironment with high tech products and complex processes.


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.
To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

  • Proven written and verbal communication skills, analytical, perseverance, problem solving, strong attention to detail and organizational skills, ability to influence, motivate, coach and lead.
  • Excellent negotiation and decision making skills.
  • Applies data analysis techniques including statistical process control and six sigma methodologies to resolve issues that adversely affect manufacturing in areas of capacity, quality, compliance and cost.
  • Manages key performance indicators to measure performance and effectiveness.

Diversity & Inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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