Production Engineering Manager

Production Engineering Manager

  • Production; Manufacturing; Engineering; Leadership; Management; Operations

  • Aerospace; Defence; MOD; Automotive; Lean; ISO9001; Continuous Improvement

  • Worcestershire

  • Salary dependent on experience

A cutting edge Aerospace & Defence organisation have a unique opportunity for a Production Engineering Manager within the Operations Team.

The job holder is responsible for leading all manufacturing engineering, encompassing both capital and process development projects. Responsible for providing leadership and management to a team of 7 Production Engineers and mentoring an Apprentice.

Technical Responsibilities

  • Design, prove, implement and maintain production systems to deliver product on time, to quality requirements and to cost, react to production stoppages urgently

  • Responsible for the planning, organising, delegating and monitoring of team activity and work ensuring outputs are on time, on cost and on quality.

  • Drive continuous improvement activities in quality, cycle times, touch times, process improvement, machine availability through lean techniques and value engineering to enhance the capability of existing processes and remove waste

  • Responsible for cost modelling, BID costing and collate relevant portfolio including routing, manufacturing costs, BOMS, Capital equipment procurement including site improvement and involvement with various projects as required.

  • Review standards and actuals of projects ensuring OTOCOQ and delivering to forecast - produce packs and cost portfolios that are then presented to SMT

  • Track weekly touchtime performance, maintain forecast, overspending and budgets, project predictions and surveillance

  • Drive validation plans to ensure robust and comprehensive technical solutions

  • Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels, managing holiday allowances, recruitment, training, development, appraisal, attendance, disciplinary issues and daily supervision to maximise efficient productivity

  • Motivate and coach the team to operational success


  • Essential Qualifications

    • Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree is preferred, or HND, BTec Professional Level 5 Award or equivalent NVQ Level 5 qualifications.

  • Desirable Qualifications

    • A minimum level of Green Belt qualification in Lean Manufacturing Techniques

    • Membership of an Industry related Professional body would be advantage


  • Essential Experience

    • Able to demonstrate experience of working within a manufacturing environment

    • Strong working knowledge of technical drawings and plant layouts

    • In depth knowledge and experience of Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA), Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (PFMEA), Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), and Lean Manufacturing techniques such as Six Sigma and operational excellence principles

    • Experience of managing a team

    • Experience in creating and developing process flow maps and building layouts for optimised manufacture, with also some knowledge on new building requirements.

    • Previous experience in lean manufacturing tools and techniques, including, but not limited to; value stream mapping, 6S, KanBan, Kaizen

    • Experience in Manufacturing Engineering in an ISO 9001 environment

    • Experience of operating within a strong H&S Culture

  • Desirable Experience

    • Experience of an EN9100 would be an advantage

    • Experience in the Defence Industry would be an advantage