Principal Product Assurance Engineer

  • Location Bolton
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8347K
  • Closing date 7th Mar 2021

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 for a Principal Manufacturing Quality Assurance Engineer to join the Quality Assurance Engineering team as they provide professional quality support to the UK Manufacturing team. This is a particularly exciting phase for the team as we develop new Rroles & responsibilities supporting our Manufacturing UK function as an independent function driving a quality culture within all areas of MBDA.

The role!

Based in Bolton but providing support to other locations in the UK, the role provides an independent visibility and assurance that Manufacturing and related processes are applied across all Projects. We support and advise on all aspects of quality within UK Manufacturing, including the identification and implementation of sustainable process improvements to existing methods and processes. This role will support UK Manufacturing in identifying and reducing of project risk or problem areas / issues associated with process application, process effectiveness or compliance.

This means:

  • Applying quality expertise to critical business issues to support business excellence, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.
  • Providing quality assurance assistance to Manufacturing UK in support of manufacturing excellence including development and delivery of quality awareness and other process and quality-related training.
  • Supporting Manufacturing UK on all programmes to achieve cost, time and quality targets. Assessing and controlling the product assurance quality processes and the resulting outputs.
  • Improving the effectivity of processes used by Manufacturing UK.
  • Confirming through a programme of Independent assessments and audits that processes and quality requirements are being successfully implemented, applied and improved. Provide reports to Management that identifies the outcome of audits and issues. Monitor and facilitate the progression of any improvements from audit activities and the timely closure of identified issues.
  • Maintaining strong links with Quality Assurance colleagues across MBDA (UK and Overseas) to enable the dissemination and achievement of Quality Objectives within Manufacturing UK.
  • Working with Product Assurance Managers and other functions to define appropriate risk reduction strategies/action plans
  • Collaborating with Customer Representatives (DQAFF), when required, to support the mitigation of quality issues
We are looking for someone:
  • Ideally qualified to minimum HNC/HND in relevant subject.
  • Quality professional, experienced in process-based integrated management systems & business improvement in an engineering / manufacturing environment with experience in Quality Audit
  • Experience of supporting industrial validation (for in-house manufacturing activities) and facilitating reviews giving an independent Quality view on the maturity of the manufacturing system.
  • Ability to work with a multi-functional team to validate the manufacturing & Control flowcharts, Industrial validation plans, FAI & PFMEA
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of EN9100/AS9100
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good planning and organising skills to ensure multiple tasks are prioritised and monitored to deliver set objectives
  • Capability to identify sustainable business improvements & ensure effective implementation
  • Recognise and understand internal and external customer requirements, as well as regulatory and certification requirements and respond to them
What’s great about this team:

We are actively involved in a number of activities and support a broad range of products and processes. The team is required to be agile and able to support a wide range of functions and as a result the role is varied, fast paced and opportunities to drive improvement is high. We have the opportunity to travel within the UK and occasionally internationally.

We can offer you:

*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.

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 would like 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. "

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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.