Head of Operations

BAE Systems
Cumbria, Barrow-In-Furness, England
01 Jun 2018
15 Jun 2018
Caroline Dey
Job Type

Head of Operations

Would you like to work as part of the Weapon Systems UK (WSUK) senior leadership team responsible for contributing towards the achievement of the company's strategic goals and overall business aims? We currently have a vacancy for a Head of Operations at our site in Barrow.

As a Head of Operations, you will organise, carry out and control specialist activities and resources to support operational delivery in line with quality and SHE requirements. The role involves the day-to-day management and leadership of WSUK Barrow-in-Furness manufacturing operations, which includes; manufacturing engineering, capital project management, production planning & material control, site facilities, maintenance, IM&T and security.

This role provides you the opportunity to join a growing business area within BAE Systems with a wide range of exposure across all stakeholder levels.

Your main responsibilities as a Head of Operations will involve:

Acting as the site foci for Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People (SQCDP) performance by guiding and supporting the teams to excellence in all areas, through strong leadership skills

Managing the deployment of Business Management Processes, in a manner that engages and involves all of the Operations team and where appropriate, support functions

Ensuring the coordination of resources available to meet and deliver against the production plan and delivery schedule, whilst ensuring SHE stays central to the task

Driving change to foster a culture of continuous improvement, lean and operational excellence that engages all employees

Being responsible for manufacturing operations, manufacturing engineering, capital project management, production planning & material control, site facilities, maintenance, IM&T and security

Engaging as part of the WSUK senior leadership team to align objectives with overarching business strategies and deliver agendas as defined by the IPT leads

Creating an environment that is oriented toward trust, open communication and creative thinking

Your skills and qualifications:

IOSH or preferably NEBOSH qualified

Degree within a Technical / Management discipline or equivalent

Experience working within a Manufacturing environment ideally, within a complex low volume, high value product portfolio

Demonstrable track record of delivering successful SQCDP performance

What we're looking for in you:

Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to cut across functional and departmental boundaries.

Proven ability to build rapport with all levels in the organisation, in particular shop floor / manual employees

Excellent communication, listening and facilitation skills

Location: Barrow

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

BAE Systems - Weapon Systems UK

As part of BAE Systems Platforms and Services organisation in the USA, Weapon Systems (UK)designs, develops, manufactures and supports artillery systems, naval guns, small and medium calibre barrels and provides engineering capability to the wider BAE systems business. Our global reach brings our customers a depth and breadth of expertise that meet critical needs in the air, on land, and at sea. Our mission strives for us to be our customer's trusted and affordable weapons provider, delivering enhanced effects on target and complete mission solutions. We are looking for innovation, commitment and drive to help define the future of Weapon Systems capabilities.

Our UK manufacturing site is based at BAE Systems Barrow in Furness site and is supported by a design team which includes Electronics, Software and Mechanical engineering disciplines. We pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Our commitment to our employees and their development is always a priority and our investment in you means working for us will provide you with endless opportunities to create your desired career with us. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.