Manufacturing Operations Manager

Closing date
23 Oct 2022

Job Details

MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Salary: Up to £56,000 dependent on experience + bonus + benefits

Dynamic working pattern: On site 5 days a week, with working from home on an ad-hoc basis

The Manufacturing Manager is responsible for all elements vital to achieve the manufacture and delivery of hardware by effective and efficient use of resources (people, machines, materials) to time, cost and quality.

The Role
  • Assembly, integration and test of hardware to project requirements to time, quality and cost; includes the build of missiles and associated sub systems, prototype and early development hardware and test/trials equipment for use within an engineering environment and production build
  • Managing day to day deployment of resources and facilities to meet programme needs through engagement and interaction with Manufacturing Team Leaders and Manufacturing Planning & Control Managers
  • Interaction with all Supply Chain interfaces as required and, where appropriate, influence in order to meet Manufacturing programme needs
  • Safeguard the health and safety for all deployed resources within the areas of responsibility in accordance with company procedures and current legislation
  • Support and promote Manufacturing performance initiatives
  • Support to Manufacturing related contract closure activities as appropriate
  • Proactive involvement of Manufacturing best practices and identification/quantification of appropriate investment plans whilst maximising efficient use of resource and facilities
What we're looking for
  • Support to industrial relations activities within the Manufacturing environment
  • Proactive involvement in the development of deployed staff
  • Ensure that the devolved quality ownership activities are undertaken and operations comply with MBDA Quality System and project quality plans
  • Coordination of effective non-conformance management reviews

What's in it for you?
  • This role offers the opportunity to manage the manufacture of early development/prototype hardware with the chance to be involved and influence the Manufacturing process at a very early stage. This role will also provide many stimulating challenges, personal development opportunities and an opportunity to influence decisions at a senior level.
  • Potential to progress to a Head of Manufacturing role for the right candidate.

Join a great team!

We're passionate about our people and recognise that to continually exceed our clients' expectations and needs, Manufacturing UK require an intelligent and motivated team. The Operations Function is a hard working team that thrives on daily challenge and team success!
What to expect:
We offer opportunities for career progression, paid overtime (subject to level), bonus scheme, comprehensive pension package, annual salary review, collaborative working environment and excellent on-site facilities.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve appropriate clearances.


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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