Manufacturing Programme Manager

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8165S
  • Closing date 8th Nov 2020

Are you passionate about the defence world and advanced technology?

Would you like to develop your skills in a highly challenging environment? If so…
The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen in a new team for a dynamic and forward thinking Programme Manager to deliver equipment development programmes as well as help shape the future of manufacturing through the early stages of the product lifecycle.

What are we looking for?
  • Accomplished Project Manager with a proven track record in the delivery of fixed cost programmes, of significant value, within a matrix organisation. Experience within an engineering or production environment would be of preference.
  • Substantial stakeholder management experience, interfacing and effectively influence customers and suppliers as well as briefing to director level in order to respond to complex situations.
  • A natural leader and communicator, able to build strong collaborative relationships, with experience in driving multi-functional teams and delivering to tight time-scales.
  • Enthusiastic and pro-active, we are looking for someone who can prioritise and understand strategic business needs as well as managing the day-to-day tactical decisions.
  • Preferably educated to degree level or possessing project management accreditation from a professional body, alternatively candidates with significant and relevant experience will be considered.

What’s in it for you?
  • The role will provide many stimulating challenges, personal development opportunities and the chance to influence at senior levels
  • Being part of a new team you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other team members, challenge the norm and implement change within the organisation
  • MBDA values its employee’s personal and professional development and therefore provides support and opportunities for both on the job training, e-learning and classroom learning in a variety of technical and managerial subjects.
  • The opportunity to gain professional accreditation via the PMI.

What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

The Role
  • Planning, facilitating and taking accountability for the success of large scale production contracts, associated with high technology products to schedule, cost and quality.
  • Taking accountability for the Master Manufacturing Delivery Plan, ensuring alignment with customer demand.
  • Developing and maintaining key relationships with customers and key subcontractors.
  • Ensuring accurate reporting of progress against all aspects of project performance up to director level.
  • Maintaining control of the programme scope ensuring alignment of funding to deliver the plan.
  • Preparing and maintaining contract risk and opportunity plans/budgets.
  • Managing, supporting and developing a small team of aspiring/assistant Project Managers.

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.
  • The successful candidate will be joining a new team within Manufacturing UK that has been established to focus specifically on products through their development phase and entry into full scale production. This is a critical point within the project lifecycle that can determine the long term profitability of a product and the team are focused on introducing new technology and manufacturing methods into the build process to delivery long term benefit.
  • The respective project teams are ready to welcome an intelligent, compassionate and motivated Project Manager that can ensure Customer and client expectations and needs are exceeded on a consistent basis.

MBDA is an award winning company; 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 welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

If you think you'd be perfect for this role, we'd love to hear from you‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎


MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms.


We share a unique responsibility that brings purpose to everything we do.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to our home nations and their allies. Whether you are Lead Engineer or Business Support Officer, your work is vital in ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need, when they need it.
" At MBDA you always have to bear in mind that we are all a part of a very important process that defends our freedoms. "

Supportability Engineer, Customer Support and Services.


With over 60 years combined experience through our predecessor companies and over 10,000 employees across Europe and the USA, we are trusted suppliers of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for the armed forces over land, sea and air.


We value difference.

Our work has a far-reaching impact, and we all make a difference every day. Our values-led culture welcomes a diversity of skills, experience and perspectives, where everyone has the opportunity contribute, grow and succeed.

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