Process Improvement Engineer - Setups & Changeovers


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About the job

Job Title: Process Improvement Engineer - Setups & Changeovers

Company: HQW Aerospace

Location: Plymouth

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full time, Permanent

Company Overview:

Join our team at a leading UK-based aerospace super precision business with a rich 75-year history, committed to innovation and excellence. We specialise in designing and manufacturing super precision, integrated bearing solutions for the aerospace, defence, and space industries.

Job Purpose:

The Process Improvement Engineer - Setups & Changeovers will play a pivotal role in implementing lean manufacturing initiatives that streamline processes, reduce waste, and enhance overall efficiency. Working closely with all departments, you'll identify improvement opportunities, develop action plans, and champion setup reduction and continuous improvement, fostering a culture of innovation and problem-solving.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in continuous improvement or lean manufacturing
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment, specifically in a setup reduction/process improvement role
  • Proficient in key lean manufacturing tools such as SMED, 5S, Kanban & Kaizen
  • Proven history of continuous improvement and successful project implementation
  • Ability to create and execute project plans for improvement activities
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, or a related field.

Key Role Requirements:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive continuous improvement/setup reduction strategy
  • Identify and analyse processes for potential improvement opportunities
  • Implement lean manufacturing tools and techniques (e.g., SMED, 5S, Kanban, Kaizen)
  • Facilitate cross-functional teams to collaborate on improvement projects
  • Manage and track project progress, measure results, and report on impact
  • Educate and train employees on continuous improvement principles and practices
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by promoting open communication, collaboration, and problem solving
  • Stay up-to-date on best practices in lean manufacturing and continuous improvement


  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discounts at over 100 retailers via our Rewards Platform
  • Monetary and Non-Monetary Recognition
  • Continuous Professional Development Opportunities
  • Stakeholder Pension
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Free Parking

We are committed to the ongoing personal and professional development of our team members. Join us and experience a workplace that values your growth, offering continuous learning opportunities, mentorship programs, and support for your career advancement.

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