Head of Manufacturing Prototype & Development Facility

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8274S
  • Closing date 13th Dec 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 exciting opportunity has arisen within the UK Manufacturing Function, for an experienced Operations Manager, based at our Manufacturing Prototyping and Development Facility (MPDF) in Stevenage. As a senior member of the UK Manufacturing Function, you will be responsible for all deliverables from Manufacturing from the Stevenage facility and management of the facility. There is also a significant transformation programme to lead as we prepare development manufacturing for the future.

What are we looking for?
  • Highly experienced Operations Manager with experience of mechanical assembly and electronics manufacturing
  • Demonstrated business acumen in operations management, with a solid understanding of modern manufacturing techniques
  • Experienced Financial and Budgetary Control management
  • Experience in industry standard RCCA methodologies (eg 8D; six sigma)
  • Ideally will have Degree/Masters in Engineering or Manufacturing
  • Effective, highly developed communication skills: written, verbal and presentation
  • Ability to liaise and collaborate with wider MBDA with other functions and organisations
  • Influencing skills to help UK Manufacturing drive process changes and product changes to achieve world class manufacturing status
  • Strong leadership skills are required to support the cultural change being driven across the Function
  • Resilience and strong character to hold other Groups accountable for their deliverables into Manufacturing
  • As a senior manager within the UK Manufacturing Function, you will be expected to take a proactive role in further developing and supporting the UK Manufacturing Strategy and implementing this within MPDF

What’s in it for you?
  • The opportunity to lead a diverse team of professionals across engineering, manufacturing management, logistics and operators
  • Help develop and implement a change programme and transform the way in which manufacturing deliver development and prototype hardware.
  • Opportunities to act in a collaborative manner within Manufacturing and across the MBDA design and engineering teams and Centres of Excellence
  • Appropriate UK and pan-European travel to collaborate across the MBDA Operations network.

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

The role is to lead and manage the Manufacturing Prototyping and Development Facility and be responsible for both operational excellence and delivery from the facility and team. The team deliver hardware across prime and test equipment and a diverse set of technologies across numerous projects and to a wide variety of customers.

What’s great about the team?

You will be joining a team keen to develop and transform the way that manufacturing support and deliver prototype and development hardware and ensure a transition from development into series production. The team has a wide range of manufacturing skills across manufacturing disciplines.

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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