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Manufacturing Test Engineering Team Leader

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10 Apr 2021

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An opportunity has arisen for a Manufacturing Test Engineering Team Leader to join the manufacturing organisation supporting test and diagnostics of electrical/electronic weapon systems during Development and Production. The Manufacturing Test Engineering organisation is responsible for the day-to-day support to the product testing of weapons and equipment within our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bolton.

What we're looking for
  • Degree/HND level of qualifications or equivalent in a relevant subject, plus experience in digital and analogue electronics manufacture and test.
  • Experience of managing a small team of technical professionals in a multi-functional delivery orientated organisation.
  • The ability to plan and organise the team’s work in order to ensure multiple tasks can be prioritised and delivered against Project objectives.
  • A good appreciation of electrical measurement and test principles and test equipment, as well as systems-level functional testing.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including generation and review of test specifications and technical reports.
  • Supportive, pro-active attitude with the ability to maintain a calm professional manner, even when priorities might be changed at the last minute.
Here's what’s in it for you

This role offers the opportunity to work on a variety of products of varying complexity using the latest technologies the aerospace and defence sector has to offer. In addition, we offer extensive on-the-job training and opportunities for personal progression, including both technical and leadership career development paths.

Our Benefits

*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

Providing technical leadership to the team supporting manufacturing test of weapon systems in production and development, to ensure programme targets are met to agreed time, cost and quality requirements.
  • Management of the operations testing team responsible for the testing of electrical/electronic weapon systems and sub-assemblies, including deployment of engineers to appropriate tasks and prioritisation.
  • Provide Test Engineering support during Design / Development phases from initial concept through to Production Readiness Review and release to Operations.
  • Support Test Facility introduction and ensure that configuration control of equipment and facilities is in place prior to use, including generating supporting test specifications and operator instructions.
  • Carrying out staff performance and development review discussions to ensure the team maintains and develops the right levels of skills and programme output.
  • Driving the team to deliver in line with all programme and quality requirements, whilst maintaining Test Engineering functional excellence through continuous improvement.
  • Test Engineering representative at key meetings to report progress of Test Engineering actions and align team with programme priorities.
Join a great team!

You will be leading a small team of dedicated test engineers in a fast-paced but friendly and inclusive manufacturing environment. We are a great mix of personnel, ranging from apprentices and graduate engineers through to experienced technical practitioners, all striving to deliver technical excellence and maintain product output.
We are currently supporting a number of different missile systems in development and production, working closely with the design teams and other stakeholders to overcome any technical challenges.

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.


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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