Manufacturing Engineering Manager


Job summary

Manufacturing, Design
Aerospace / Avionics, Defence
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

If you enjoy playing a key role and being part of the manufacturing organisation that designs the factory layout, investigates and specifies the assembly methods & test equipment used and introduces new manufacturing tools and techniques into the facility, this may be the opportunity for you.

Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer Manager

Salary: Circa £60,000 depending on experience 

Location: Bolton

Dynamic (hybrid) working: 4/5 days per week on-site due to workload

Security Clearance: British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship

Restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

The opportunity:

An exciting new opportunity has become available within the Manufacturing Engineering team for a Manufacturing Engineering Manager to join the team. 

The Manufacturing Engineering Manager is responsible for the day-to-day design, prove, implement and maintain Production Systems to deliver product on time, quality and cost.

You will provide Engineering Leadership to a multi-disciplined team of Manufacturing and Test Engineers. Industrial Validation of the internal and external supply chain. You will be responsible for leading a project through the manufacturing lifecycle and achieving the full validation of the manufacturing system.

Role requirements (skills, training and qualifications):

  • Degree qualified or equivalent
  • Considerable relevant experience in a complex Electronic or Electro–Mechanical manufacturing environment.
  • Extensive experience in engineering leadership/management.
  • In depth knowledge of the design, make, prove interface role and Design for Manufacture and Test.
  • A good understanding of Project management and Supply Chain principles, practices and processes.
  • Good commercial and financial understanding.
  • Good Negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Your role will involve constantly investigating new approaches and techniques to manufacturing and their potential application within the specialised Defence sector of MBDA.
  • You will be instrumental in driving change in the business, implementing manufacturing improvements using alternative approaches such as automation, robots and the adoption of VR.
  • Being influential in the allocation of capital investment budgets, you will be key in ensuring that the facility remains at the forefront of missile manufacture and that competitive advantage is increased. 
  • You will be key in driving continuous improvement through your team to ensure MBDA increases its market share in an environment of ever increasing competition. 
  • Provide direction to the development of the skills and training required by the Engineers to keep pace with the emerging technologies in missile manufacture.

What to expect:

  • An opportunity to take ownership of manufacturing engineering processes and equipment to make improvements to production.
  • Develop new skills and techniques, taking a key role in the manufacturing engineering team.
  • Technically challenging, varied and rewarding work.

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Our company:

MBDA is a leading defence organisation.  We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

What we can offer you:

  • Company Bonus: Bonus of up to 21% of base salary
  • Pension: maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Enhanced parental leave: offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Facilities: Fantastic site facilities including subsidised meals, free car parking and much more…
  • Training and Development: Excellent career progression, training and career development opportunities

Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.   MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more…

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

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