Principal Cost Engineer

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Closing date
11 Oct 2019

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Project Engineering
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Salary: Up to £45,000 DOE + Bonus + Excellent Benefits
The Opportunity

Manufacturing UK is an integral part of the Operations Directorate whose principal mission is to ensure that MBDA’s hardware deliverable commitments are met in terms of time, cost and quality.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced cost engineer to lead a small team in providing estimates for product manufacturing and the necessary support activities from concept through development and industrialisation to aid a project team in bidding or in determining the price of product or service.
The Role
  • Responsible for the analysis of product drawings and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials and labour estimates to incorporate into Cost Brochure (including allowances).
  • Consult with personnel in other departments (e.g Projects, Design, Manufacturing, Purchasing) to discuss and formulate estimates, resolve issues and understand changes/adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Agree target costs with Design and Industrial leads
  • Develop and agree effective estimating synthetics
  • Assess cost effectiveness of products or services, by tracking actual costs relative to bids as a project develops
  • Set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures with a focus on cost savings where possible.
What’s in it for you?
  • The Stevenage team is ready to welcome an intelligent and motivated Manager/Lead that can ensure Customer expectations and needs are exceeded on a consistent basis.
  • The opportunity to help shape the future of Cost Engineering with MBDA UK Operations directorate.
  • MBDA provides extensive on-the-job training and opportunities for development.
What’s great about the team?
  • Manufacturing UK prides itself in providing the ultimate application of manufacturing expertise and capability throughout the whole lifecycle and supply chain of our product.
  • Joining a team of highly motivated and intelligent individuals
  • A friendly and supportive network of colleagues at all levels
What are we looking for?
  • Ideally educated to HNC/HND standard or equivalent
  • A strong background in engineering/manufacturing is essential.  
  • Experience of estimating/cost engineering is desirable.
  • Relevant production life cycle experience is highly desirable.
  • A sound appreciation of manufacturing processes is important.
  • Able to communicate with all levels within the business both verbally and in writing.
  • High level of influencing, negotiating and persuasiveness with the ability to adapt style in different situations.
  • Highly developed planning and organisational skills with some experience/exposure to project management.
  • Skilled in managing deadlines with the ability to multi-task and prioritise own work and work of others.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Able to assimilate facts from a range of sources.
  • Experience of managing/leading a small team is desirable but more important is the ability to motivate/inspire others.
  • Self-motivated with the resilience and tenacity to deliver results through others.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office Packages
What would you get?
  • Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
Please Note: MBDA UK require all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).
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LinkedIn Group name: Engineering UK (Defence)

MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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