Product Assurance Manager FC/ASW

Employer
MBDA
Location
Stevenage
Salary
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
24 Oct 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen for a Quality professional to join the Product Assurance team. In this role you will be responsible for managing a small Product Assurance team and its associated activities on a new multi-national Weapon System development programme. This is an exciting time to join the FC/ASW team as we launch the programme into the next phase of the development lifecycle.

Main purpose of role:
  • You will be the Quality Authority, ensuring the Product Assurance team provides assurance of the project development processes and activities across our worldwide Supply chain and MBDA Engineering teams. Lead the Project Quality network to provide aversion strategies for quality related risks within the Project.
  • You will provide the focus and co-ordination of Business Improvement activities across the project.
  • Be the formal interface with the Customer for all Quality related issues to minimise impact of customer concerns on project teams. Lead and co-ordinate all activities devoted to achieve and improve Customer Satisfaction on quality related issues.
What are we looking for?
  • Preferably degree educated, or substantial experience in Engineering and Quality Management.
  • Practitioner of current QA problem solving methods (8D, Six Sigma, DMAIC, etc.) with a logical approach to solving problems.
  • Systems engineering background desirable with an understanding of the DOORs tool
  • Knowledge of the Quality Tools and an understanding of non-conformance management using SAP would be an advantage
Additional role responsibilities:
  • Establish, review and maintain quality planning documentation for the contract.  Support the Project team in developing cost effective project planning in support of all contractually required conditions, whilst meeting MBDA policy and process. Develop local processes and procedures to optimise project control. Assure Project Directorate continuous control on product quality targets achievement, by means through an independent periodical reporting.
  • Ensure adequate flow-down of Quality requirements to sub-Contractors according to programme requirements. Instigate surveillance planning and monitoring to provide ongoing assurance.  Be the project Quality Authority in dealings with supplier issues.
  • Identify Project Quality issues/risks within the MBDA Engineering teams and Suppliers as potential risks for the project milestone achievement, and for quality of deliverables. Act as Quality Authority to provide potential solutions and lead aversion strategies for quality related risks within the Project.
  • Deliver measures of process compliance to the project management team and the customer, providing assurance in meeting or exceeding contractual conditions.
  • Implement the PLC Gate process across the Project, ensuring generation of an annual gate plan, and facilitation of reviews and timely closure of actions.
  • Manage and implement the Project non-conformance process including facilitation of the System Level NCR Panel and generation of supporting metrics.
  • Provide assurance of the processes supporting Industrial Validation of Supplier and in-house equipment.
  • Provide Quality inputs into Design Reviews, Fit for Trials and Fit for Fire reviews.
  • Conduct assurance activities that contractual requirements (technical and non-technical) are demonstrated in order to certify the compliance of the deliveries according to requirements.
  • Establish project document management policy
  • Advise bid managers/win team leaders of acceptable quality requirements in the preparation of tenders or in response to customer enquiries.  Negotiate Quality-related conditions of contract with all customers.
  • Facilitate business improvement through sharing and adoption of best practice. Define and recommend business improvement plans/activities providing cost benefit analysis of such plans.
What’s in it for you?

You will be working in a high technology environment, on a high profile multi-national programme. You will have the opportunity to support the implementation of our MBDA NEXT improvement programme on the Project as we drive to maintain our reputation as a leading designer of Missile and Weapon Systems.
This role provides an ideal opportunity to experience the complete product MBDA lifecycle and be part of a dynamic, supportive Product Assurance team.

Our benefits  

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

Join a great team!

Come and join the Product Assurance team and contribute to a shared ambition for business improvement, improving Customer Satisfaction on quality and preserving your work/life balance!!.

Why us?

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’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

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

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended 2-3 days per week approach to on-site and remote working.

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

Company

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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