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Digital Manufacturing Lead

Closing date
13 Oct 2023

Job Details

MBDA is a leading defence organisation. We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.
Salary: Circa £48,000 depending on experience
What we can offer you:
  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 days flexi leave
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working - typical working pattern is 4 days per week on site, 1 Day working from home).
The opportunity:
An exciting new opportunity has become available for a Digital Manufacturing Lead to join the Manufacturing Digital Systems Team

You will be responsible for leading UK continuous improvement activities and initiatives in respect to digital technology, systems and applications. This will result in positively contributing to increased Manufacturing operational efficiencies and competitiveness.

You will also represent Manufacturing at various UK and group-level engagement forums and will be responsible for providing technical leadership and guidance to ensure projects are delivered on-time and on-budget.

You will also have people management responsibility including managing sickness and absence, running appraisals, authorising holiday absences, managing work load, monitoring dynamic working arrangements and individual output.
What we're looking for from you:
  • Formal technical Engineering/Craft Apprenticeship to NVQ Level 3/TR23/TR21 OR
  • Formal further education certificate to HNC or equivalent in a relevant subject - (Digital/IT/IS) OR
  • BEng in relevant Engineering/Information Technology (IT) Degree
Able to work with minimum supervision:
  • Be highly motivated and enthusiastic, to create/maintain a high performing team
  • Proficient in commonly used Manufacturing applications:
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES/MOMs)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
The Role:
Working with the Manufacturing Digital Systems Manager, you will be working on multiple projects including:
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to identify improvement opportunities (UK and group-level)
  • Eliciting stakeholder requirements and transforming into formal specification requirements
  • Liaising with internal Information Technology/Information Systems Teams and external Software integrators to implement digital improvements collaboratively
  • Leading end-to-end user acceptance testing activities
  • Enhancements, bug fixes and version upgrades
  • Trial activities
  • Leading and communicating digital changes amongst cross-functional teams
  • Maintaining topical Manufacturing documentation, process documents and training material
  • Attending benchmarking visits, remaining up-to-date with emerging technologies and trends, and evaluate the potential application and adherence to the company's digital strategy
  • Being part of the appraisal process to support team members contribution ratings

Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

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.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.


Together. For the future of defence.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to the UK and their allies. Regarded as one of the most trusted suppliers of defence solutions in Europe, we have a relationship with the UK military spanning back over 70 years.

Whether it’s designing a future concept for the British Army, managing the procurement of a missile component or harnessing their expertise in software in order to integrate one of our products on to the newest fighter jet, all of our employees are a part of delivering a more secure tomorrow.

In addition to being the only defence company on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2022 list, MBDA are also recognised nationally with three Investors in People Gold Awards (People, Apprenticeships, and Wellbeing), a top 10 finisher on the Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league tables.   

For the latest vacancies, employer updates and stories from our people, make sure to visit and bookmark our MBDA UK Careers site.

Our Values 

Our values are at the core of everything we do and shape the culture of our organisation. No matter what role, our people from leadership to entry-level encompass these values knowing that they are working towards the same common goal, sharing a bigger purpose in order to protect national security and enable strategic independence.

Through promoting change with Innovation, taking ownership through Commitment, building trust through Integrity, inspiring others through Passion and encouraging collaboration through Team Spirit, we have created a place where people feel connected with each other and valued in our community.



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