Manager, Quality Assurance (Ref ID: 289)

Next Decade

Next Decade

Quality Assurance
Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024


NextDecade Corporation is an energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future. Leading innovation in more sustainable LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. Through our subsidiaries Rio Grande LNG and NEXT Carbon Solutions, we are developing a 27 MTPA LNG export facility in South Texas along with one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in North America. We are also working with third-party customers around the world to deploy our proprietary processes to lower the cost of carbon capture and storage and reduce CO2 emissions at their industrial-scale facilities.

NextDecade’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit


NextDecade is seeking a full-time Quality Assurance Manager to support long-term operations for the Rio Grande LNG facility located near Brownsville, Texas. The position will require work from Houston during early job phases before transitioning to Brownville, Texas prior to commissioning and startup.

  • The incumbent will report to the Sr. Director of Engineering in the Operations Department, under the leadership of the Sr. Vice President of Operations.
  • Peer level managers will include the Ready for Operations (RFO) Manager, Process Engineering Manager, Facilities Engineering Manager, Brownfield Projects Manager, and Process Safety Manager.
  • Direct reports will include two Lead Quality Assurance Engineers. One of the Lead Quality Assurance Engineers will manage the Document Control Supervisor and a team of document control personnel.


  • Manage and champion the quality assurance process throughout the facility.
  • Establish and manage the Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Ensure that equipment, materials, and services meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and RGLNG quality specifications and standards.
  • Manage the document control effort by establishing and managing the Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) to ensure all documents include all required metadata and are accurately categorized, filed, up to date, and readily available.
  • Maintain up to date RGLNG guidelines, procedures, standards, and specifications within the EDMS.
  • Develop and approve audit schedules, select lead auditors, and audit teams.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate inspection and audit records within the QMS and EDMS.
  • Conduct and/or manage audit interviews and investigations.
  • Review audit reports and approve/reject audit reports from a quality perspective. Present investigation/report findings to department and senior management.
  • Manage materials inspection as they enter the facility.
  • Work with third parties and key suppliers to establish and manage quality related agreements and expectations.
  • Establish and manage the continuous improvement program to drive continuous improvement throughout the facility.
  • Develop and/or manage continuous improvement projects.
  • Manage approve/reject Corrective Action Reports (CARs) and Preventive Action Reports (PARs), and maintain within the EDMS.
  • Participate in root cause failure analysis (RCFA) efforts to identify and address quality related failure mechanisms.
  • Work with the Reliability and Maintenance teams and third-party inspectors, to ensure that quality standards are met or exceeded regarding materials and supplies, piping and equipment installations, repairs, and craftsmanship.
  • Work with the Legal Department, Commercial Department and Operations Department Managers to manage and control document/records retention.
  • Ensure documents and records are ISO 90001 compliant.
  • Work closely with HSSE, Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations teams to ensure compliance with American Petroleum Institute (API) standards and ISO 45001 compliance.
  • Work with the Training team to develop quality department training programs.


Minimum experience required for the position:

  • Experience in leading and motivating staff with proven ability to guide, mentor, and inspire.
  • Substantial experience with managing quality assurance, document control, and continuous improvement programs.
  • Proven experience with managing interfaces and working closely with Project, Operations, Commercial, and Legal teams throughout FEED, detailed design, construction, commissioning, startup, and post startup operations. The position will focus primarily on post startup operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with identifying and managing critical success factors and risks.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and environmental guidelines and experience leading by example and working within intercompany HSSE standards.
  • Proven record in the application of intercompany and external audits and functional assurance processes.

Minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • 10+ years of Quality Management & Continuous Improvement experience
  • 5 – 10 years of Document Management experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Electronic Data Management Systems (EDMS)
  • Knowledge of applicable US-based LNG facility codes, standards, and regulations
  • Knowledge of piping & equipment inspection and Nondestructive Examination (NDE) techniques
  • Knowledge of ASME Sec. VIII, Sec. IX, B31.1, B31.3, API 520, 521, 650, 653 & 1104
  • Knowledge and experience with LNG facility applicable industry standards, regulatory codes, and recommended practices.
  • Willingness to travel to manufacturer, contractor, vendor, key supplier, service provider, and other third-party sites.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally, as necessary.
  • Familiarity with Hazard Identification studies (HAZIDs), Process Hazards Analyses (PHAs), and Hazard and Operability studies (HAZOPs).

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • LNG liquefaction facility quality management experience
  • Technical writing proficiency
  • Familiarity with maintaining ISO 9001 certification(s)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Preferred attributes:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and foster a collaborative work environment.
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Task and schedule oriented
  • Ability to focus and provide attention to detail.
  • Ability to lead by example and deliver against targets.
  • Ability to perform under pressure.
  • Ability to manage key project performance drivers, operational requirements, financial and commercial considerations, and longer-term strategic interests.
  • Ability to challenge others in a constructive manner and negotiate with internal peers and other stakeholders to influence decisions and work processes.
  • Excellent organization, planning, and time management skills to ensure timely delivery of multiple work streams.

Preferred Personal and behavioral traits:

  • Highly motivated self-starter mentality
  • Focus on timely, and consistently accurate results.
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Willingness to accept and take responsibility.
  • Determination to consistently meet and exceed expectations.
  • Desire for career development and upward mobility for self and team members

Required education & certifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, engineering, or 10+years of related work experience.

Preferred education & certifications:

  • Professional Engineer, TX

Work Environment

  • Must be able to wear all necessary PPE equipment to perform job functions.
  • Operates in a complex construction environment.
  • Exposure to indoor and outdoor weather conditions.
  • Not necessarily protected from weather and temperature changes. Possible exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy weather conditions.
  • Exposure to moving mechanical parts and electrical circuits.
  • Exposure to constant or intermittent sounds of a pitch level sufficient to cause marked distraction.
  • Routinely uses standard office and field communications equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers w/scanner and fax, and radios.

Able to meet the following physical demands of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Ability to drive to other Company work locations as required.
  • Ability to move throughout all areas of the facility, including being physically capable of traveling to a designed muster point during emergency situations.
  • Stand and/or sit continuously and perform job functions for a full shift.
  • The incumbent is required to have fully mechanical motion and usage of all extremities.
  • Physically able to walk, stand, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, twist, lift, push, pull, climb, balance, crouch, handle, and lift items weighing up to 20 lbs. without assistance.
  • Visual acuity corrected to perform job functions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be able to clearly communicate with others via radio, phone, and verbal methods.
  • May be required to enter confined spaces.
  • May be required to work at elevated heights and access elevated structures without assistance.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

*In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.