Senior Quality Engineer - Independent Quality Assurance

BAE Systems
England, Lancashire, Preston
Closing date
4 Nov 2019
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Senior Quality Engineer - Manufacturing Assurance

Would you like to join a successful team of engineers working on our Hawk and Typhoon platforms? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Quality Engineer - Manufacturing Assurance at our site in Warton/Salmesbury.

As a Senior Quality Engineer - Manufacturing Assurance, you will be will providing vital information to the Manufacturing and Quality teams on areas of risk and opportunities for improvement so that our Products and Services continue to meet the standard expected by our customers.

This role will provide you with an insight into how the Manufacturing Operations teams work and brings the opportunity to drive meaningful change due to its independence.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Quality Engineer - Manufacturing Assurance will involve:

Undertake audits of Manufacturing Operations personnel individually at their workstation, ensuring that all required and appropriate elements are in place to complete the relevant task (e.g. approvals to perform the task; required tooling; sufficient Engineering data outlining the work to be carried out, etc)

This includes:

Review of the Quality Management System controls in place within the given area to ensure that these are being applied consistently and effectively

Act independently of the programmes/projects to ensure a consistent, best practice approach to task-based auditing

Responsible for reporting audit outputs to the relevant Quality and Manufacturing management teams, ensuring messaging is clear and accurate

Travel between the Warton and Samlesbury sites to support delivery of the audit programme, working with operators at both locations

Support the Manufacturing organisation in managing audit findings (including but not limited to non-conformance) through to conclusion

Provide reports on status of audit programme delivery and audit findings management

Use insight from audits performed to drive actions at Management Review and to inform risk registers

Drive creation of business-led Quality Improvement Plans using process measurement information gained from oversight activities

Your skills and qualifications:


Experience in a Manufacturing Operations environment in Aerospace/Defence sector or similar complexity (e.g. Car industry)

Understanding of controls and best practice used in Manufacturing Operations environments

Experience in writing reports to a high degree of accuracy and within specified timescales

Strong IT literacy, especially with Microsoft applications


Experience in carrying out audits or other types of assurance (e.g. Process Confirmation checks etc)

Knowledge of industry best-practice in Quality activities (e.g. root cause analysis, non-conformance management, investigation, etc)

Knowledge of quality requirements for aerospace and defence contracts (e.g. EN9100, AQAPs and Defence Standards)

Experience of analysing and presenting data to make recommendations on areas for improvement

Awareness of/contribution to Quality Improvement activities/plans

What we're looking for in you:

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to be a key team player as well as being able to use their own initiative. We are seeking an effective leader and communicator, who can influence and engage with stakeholders at all levels of the business.

Location: Warton/Salmesbury

Salary: £37,654

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, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems Air

BAE Systems Air brings together the company's international capabilities and expertise to respond to customers' current and future requirements, and compete for international export and collaborative opportunities. In the UK, BAE Systems Air has an unrivalled track record and expertise in the development, delivery and support of military air platforms, components and technologies through Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, Tornado and Hawk.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

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