Engineering Manager - Manufacturing


Job summary

£60,000 - £69,999
Defence, Manufacturing
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Job title: Engineering Manager - Manufacturing
Location: Ashford, Kent
Salary: Competitive Benefits
Role Type: Full Time / Permanent
Role ID: SF16147

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. We are currently recruiting a MEngineering Manager to join QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) within our Operations Team. QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems including the world leading Banshee target.

QTS is a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and operation of advanced target systems for live-fire training exercises and weapons test and evaluation. Reporting to the Vice President, you will have direct responsibility for leading a significant cross-functional project, initially focusing on evolving our current Aerial Target technology into broader Unmanned Systems applications.

The role

As the Manufacturing Engineering Manager reporting to the Director of Operations, you will build upon the experience you bring to the role, instilling best practice in manufacturing engineering activities

Day-to-day, you'll drive development and refinement of production systems, process and tooling; resulting in reduced lead times, Cost of Goods (COGs) and increasing productivity.

  • Establish systems for the identification and quantification Identify of sources of waste throughout the production activities on site, running a portfolio of improvement projects to minimise
  • Provide balance to the production process flow by ensuring effective batch size and take time information is maintained on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system
  • Identify opportunity and collaborate with production engineering to optimise structure and standardise product Bill of Materials (BoM)
  • Bring direction and training to the broader operations and site team on waste identification and reduction, lean6σ tools and techniques and productivity improvement, using influence and data to resolve complex multifaceted challenges
  • Optimisation of production layout, providing an identifiable product flow, flexibility to support a portfolio of products and minimisation of transportation, waiting and movement wastes
  • Design and develop flexible work cell design supporting the portfolio of products and minimising time for reconfiguration to support the build plan
  • Continuous improvement in Work in Progress (WIP) and Final Test yield, implementing Poka-Yoke solutions
  • Conduct pFMEA for manufacturing processes, ensuring suitable controls in place to mitigate

This role is full-time, 37-hours per week, and based at our Ashford site.

Skills and experience of the Engineering Manager:

  • Working knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015)
  • Successfully run Lean6σ projects. Ideally Black Belt
  • Demonstrable project experience for production area design and layout
  • Strong analytical skills and financially numerate
  • Complimentary experience in a production management or production engineering role
  • CAD package experience
  • Solid understanding of ERP systems

Qualifications for the Manufacturing Engineering Manager

We value difference and we don't have a fixed idea when it comes to qualifications or education, provided you can show the required level of experience then we would like to hear from you.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum.

Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days' additional leave.
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.

Why Join QinetiQ?
As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there's never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You'll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you'll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

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