IATF 16949® A Video Introduction and Executive Overview

An executive overview of IATF 16949

Getting started with IATF 16949® – A video overview

An executive brief on what an organization needs to know and what to expect when implementing IATF 16949®. In this video by simpleQuE’s automotive QMS expert, Bob Dornhecker, IATF 16949® implementation is discussed, including organizational involvement, responsibilities and some of the obstacles that may need to be addressed.

Responsibilities of the Organization in IATF 16949® implementation:

Top management responsibilities:

  • Planning for the implementation including timing expectations and major milestones,
  • Allocation of resources to allow for effective implementation.
  • Reviews of the IATF 16949® quality system at various stages to determine effectiveness and apply actions.
  • Assignment of responsibilities and authorities for various aspects of IATF 16949® implementation.

Process Owners responsibilities:

  • Defining and controlling of the process that owner is responsible for.
  • Identifying risks within the process.
  • Assigning actions to address the risks and improvements based upon identified issues.
  • Establishing and reviewing process metrics to ensure the process is meeting organizational goals.

All employees’ responsibilities:

  • Awareness of their processes and of the organizational objectives and performance.
  • Involvement within the quality system and adherence to the defined methods.
  • Identifying and communicating continual improvement opportunities.

Obstacles to IATF 16949® implementation:

  • Costs associated with implementation, ongoing maintenance, and improvement of the IATF 16949® quality system,
  • Focusing the organizational culture and processes on IATF 16949® based requirements.
  • Keeping the timing expectations within a reasonable limit and knowing that setbacks and difficulties will occur.

For more information about preparing for and maintaining IATF 16949® certification, view simpleQuE’s IATF 16949® video playlist.

This insight is provided by simpleQuE consultant and auditor, Bob Dornhecker.  With over 35 years of combined experience in auditing, manufacturing and certification, Bob has an extensive automotive quality background.  Additionally, he has taught and facilitated many quality related training classes for clients and has provided support to companies securing their own ISO/Quality Management Systems certifications.  He also conducts ISO 9001 and IATF 16949® 2nd and 3rd party audits.

How do you cross the finish line to become IATF® Certified?

If you’re searching for a consultant, our team at simpleQuE is well positioned to support your IATF 16949® and MAQMSR consulting (Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements), certification, maintenance, and internal auditing needs. SimpleQuE also offers a full line-up of IATF 16949® training courses which includes AIAG and VDA Core Tools, Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving, Requirements and Implementation.  With IATF® also putting a major focus on internal auditor competency, it is essential to have IATF 16949® Internal Auditor Training. Our IATF 16949® auditor training utilizes the process audit approach. Contact us to learn more about the customized services offered to match your certification and training needs.

SimpleQuE is not associated with the IATF®, IAOB, ANAB®, IAQG®, and is not a certification body. SimpleQuE is an independent consulting, training, and second-party auditing service provider that assists a company on a path to obtain and maintain certification through accredited certification bodies.


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