Product Assurance Manager – CSS UK

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
7 Dec 2019

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Job Type
Engineering Manager
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The Opportunity

A fantastic opportunity has become available for a well-established quality professional to play a pivotal role in ensuring all core quality activities within the In-Service phase of the life cycle are carried out satisfactorily.
This is a unique opportunity to network with, and gain visibility of, a large variety of MBDA’s functions/activities across all sites along with frequent interaction with the Customer community.
This involves working within a Customer facing environment, with a dynamic and experienced Project Team.
The successful candidate will lead a team to achieve this goal whilst ensuring all quality processes, reviews and techniques are appropriately applied.
What are we looking for?
You will be an experienced Quality Manager, who has worked in an Engineering environment.
  • Experienced quality professional
  • Strong ability to identify, plan, lead and follow up activities and actions.
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to communicate at all levels whilst respecting cultural differences.
  • Good analytical skills and detailed understanding of quality techniques, approaches and measurements.
  • Sound knowledge of Engineering and Product lifecycles.
  • Focused on mentoring and developing others, leading the continued development and sustainment of a quality culture within the Engineering teams.
  • Work under your own initiative and be able to demonstrate adaptability, flexibility in carrying out this role.
What’s in it for you?
  • Represent the voice of the Customer within the project
  • Gain extensive customer-facing experience
  • Deploy Quality tools and techniques
  • Opportunity to identify improvements to future MBDA products from analysis of end user issues.
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), superb learning and development opportunities and more….
The Role
You will:
  • Be the primary Quality Authority for in-service programmes, assuring activities comply with BMS process requirements and contractual standards
  • Lead, recruit, coach, develop and motivate the team to meet their requirements of objectives (Product Focus & Process Focus)
  • Manage resources and activities to ensure the right people are available in the right job, to meet current and future business needs
  • Work with UK senior Engineering management to determine key activities and projects which will maximize the achievement of business objectives
  • Coach Engineers to manage the design reviews/ gates/ milestones, and the Non-conformance process
  • Report key performance metrics, propose solutions, and take ownership to deliver improvements
  • Build relationship with Senior contacts
  • Analyse Workload forecast, gain agreement to and implement budgets for the team
Please Note: MBDA UK requires 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).
MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.
We encourage applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.  MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.
Are you a member of LinkedIn?  If so, you are invited to join our LinkedIn Group to view future MBDA UK opportunities and news.  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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