Design Assurance Engineer, Senior

Location CN-Shanghai
Job ID
Queen Cai
Employment Type
Employee (Full-time)
Position Level


The Design Assurance team supports Zebra's promise of quality to our customers and is responsible for ensuring products meet specifications throughout program phases from components to final product.  This position is to assure the design quality of products designed in Mainland China.


  • Working as part of a design team, provides all design assurance deliverables required in the development process at each phase with moderate level of coaching, including:
    • Evaluation of the materials, properties and techniques used in production of Zebra's devices or solutions
    • Advising design engineering on the selection, application and test of mechanical and /or electronic components and systems
    • Recommending design or test methods and statistical process control procedures for achieving required levels of product reliability
    • Determining reliability requirements of components and systems to achieve company, customer and any governmental agency reliability objectives
    • Using statistical methods to design reliability and verification test plans
    • Participate in creation and analysis of qualification test plans and results
    • Creating and analyzing designed experiments to determine main effects of low complexity device sub-systems to improve designs
    • Using hypothesis testing and other statistical methods to assess the significance of test results
    • Actively reviewing, understand and applying the Market
    • Requirements Document and Engineering Specifications to quantify metrics and acceptance thresholds
    • May be responsible for quality and reliability sub team activities to support the initiatives of the core development team, program manager or product line management deliverables
    • Leading Failure Mode and Effects Analysis efforts
  • Communicates proactively with the project team and other stakeholders about progress against qualification testing and reliability analysis and results. Uses experience and knowledge to proactively identifies risks to the project and contribute beyond personal scope of deliverables. Contributes to overall project leadership
  • Level 3 roles typically focus on a subset of products/devices in Zebra's portfolio
  • Typically supports multiple derivative and/or single platform New Product or Sustaining projects simultaneously
  • Makes recommendations for changes in the selection and application of components and systems to drive improved reliability working directly with the design team
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of design for quality tasks, design FMEA, inspection fixture and measurement systems, MVT build qualification and correction action of results to appropriate core team discipline lead
  • Actively participate in program Risk Assessment and mitigation activities
  • Assist project team in understanding technical issues and suggest testing or other approaches to determining root cause and corrective action
  • Acts independently to apply knowledge to resolve novel issues or concerns about design approach and conformance to standards
  • Analyze and approve Engineering changes to production products
  • Contributes to innovation efforts by participating actively in brainstorming activities and actively benchmarking externally with other organizations on best practices in design assurance
  • Provides product qualification or reliability test support over the life-cycle of the product to support cost saving initiatives, end of life part requalifications, second source requalifications or critical design improvements due to field performance or customer escalations
  • May mentor or oversee the work of level 1 or 2 DAE or Technician level team members
  • May participate in special projects as a representative of the DAE team or support process improvement activities within the broader function


  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering field (Mechanical, Electrical, or Reliability)
  • 5-8 years experience
  • Working knowledge, skill, and problem solving ability on personal computer based systems
  • Knowledge and experience with spreadsheet and statistical software programs
  • Advanced Statistical methods and problem solving tools
  • Familiarity with ISO9001 and internal audit techniques
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Detailed and numbers oriented
  • Six Sigma problem solving methodologies, Green or Black Belt certification or ASQ Certified Quality Engineer a plus

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