simpleQuE Consulting Team Member -Edward Knauss

Edward Knauss

Consultant, Auditor and Trainer

Ed Knauss is a simpleQuE consultant with extensive senior management level experience across a range of automotive manufacturing environments. His areas of expertise in quality management systems include ISO 9001 and IATF 16949® Lead Auditor certification and auditing for multiple accredited registrars.

Work Experience

Ed has 34 years of progressive Quality Leadership in management, supplier development, and maintenance of single and multi-site facilities, overseeing quality systems (mostly Tier 1s) in the Automotive, Precision Machining, Plastic Injection, Molding, Nuclear, and Aerospace industries.

ISO/Quality Management Systems

As an RAB Quality Systems Lead Auditor, Ed conducted over 130 3rd party audits for both ISO 9001 and QS 9000 Quality Systems within the areas of automotive plastics, seating, steel processing, OEM manufacturing of heavy equipment, and OEM engine building. As a Manufacturing Quality Consultant, he assisted companies in the management of the quality systems through difficult production launches within the Big Three and Mercedes Benz. Ed also worked with Tier 1s training and implementing quality systems for ISO 9001, QS 9000 and ISO/TS/IATF 16949, while utilizing continuous improvement and problem-solving solutions at all levels of leadership.


At Chassix, Ed was the Corporate Director of Quality and directed plant quality managers of 10 sites in the development of quality systems to achieve and maintain ISO/TS/IATF 16949 certification. Ed has also held high level quality management roles at other Tier 1 suppliers, including Bridgewater Interiors, W.K. Industries, and Lear Corporation. He has developed corporate quality standards with a focus on customer satisfaction, incorporating best practices and lessons learned. With this level of expertise in the automotive industry, Ed has consulted independently and performed gap analysis and systems audits – providing suggestions for corrections and improvements to assist companies in obtaining and maintaining registrations.

Certificates and Training

  • ISO 9001:2015 Certified QMS Lead Auditor
  • IATF 16949:2016 Certified Lead Auditor
  • ISO/TS 16949 Internal Auditor with Core Tools and CSR training
  • Green Belt in Six Sigma


Ed has completed coursework in the area of Business Administration at John Brown University and Kellogg Community College toward completing his degree.