Mechanical Design Manager

NP12 4AD, Blackwood
Competitive, flexible benefits & bonus
13 Aug 2019
12 Sep 2019

General Dynamics Land Systems is a global leader in providing products and support across the full spectrum of combat vehicles. Our global team has more than 6,000 employees working towards creating a diverse product portfolio delivering best-in-class capability to Armed Forces communities worldwide.  In the UK, we employee more than 650 people and are leading the way in Armoured Fighting Vehicles and sustainment services. Our vision is documented and embedded into our culture, so all employees understand the Company’s direction and their role in achieving it.  We are currently delivering the AJAX programme, providing 589 Armoured Fighting Vehicles in six variants to the British Army and have also developed and delivered 400 Foxhound vehicles - a highly-protected and mobile 4x4 platform with high-deployment availability.

Purpose of Position

  • Leadership of the mechanical design functional group on the AJAX programme.
  • Develop a capability to produce high quality, efficient and innovative design solutions
  • Deliver design output to support the programme schedule requirements
  • Development of team performance via coaching, training and recruitment
  • Be an effective team member supporting other business domains and the customer


  • Lead a team of 30+ CAD and design engineers
  • Setup and maintain a department organisation chart
  • Develop design solutions for complex engineering problems
  • Ensure design quality via application of appropriate review and governance
  • Ensure design solutions are constructed to minimise cost to the business
  • Deliver output to support schedule requirements
  • Manage application of resources to ensure work is conducted efficiently
  • Make appropriate decisions to ensure project priorities are accounted for
  • Reporting of team output and performance metrics
  • Development of staff to improve skills and performance


  • Successfully defined and developed complex design solutions
  • Proficient user of Pro Engineer/Creo
  • Proficient user of Windchill PDMLink
  • Military Vehicle design
  • Knowledge of standards relating to defence work e.g. Defence and MIL standards


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