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Part-time Manufacturing Bid Lead

Closing date
18 Mar 2024

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 £40,000 - £50,000 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%
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 additional days flexi leave
  • Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Dynamic (hybrid) working: We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policy allows individuals flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Typically for this role you will work 2-3 days per week on-site

Flexible working: This role is looking to work either part-time or a flexible working pattern - ideally 25-30 hours per week
The opportunity:
Due to an increase in workload an opportunity has arisen for a Project Manager specifically in our New Business Team to join a dynamic and forward thinking manufacturing organisation.
What we're looking for from you:
  • Bid lead on behalf of manufacturing, ensure clarity of scope within Bid Directive and content aligns with manufacturing industrial policy.
  • Responsible for the generations of manufacturing bids (PowerPoint), ensuring they are competitive, compliant and are in line with all business and commercial criteria. All risks have been assessed effectively, and are financial sound and competitive. Ensuring at all times Manufacturing is providing value added contributions to the bid directive.
  • Develop and maintain a strong and collaborative working relationship with all key stakeholders, providing Manufacturing with forward visibility of future bids and market intelligence.
  • Ensuring manufacturing is a key partner in the generation of bid data throughout the Life Cycle of the Project/Product, and adequately prepared to manage and deliver competitive and complaint bid proposals.
  • Support the New Business Team in the identification of new business opportunities and the development of approaches to winning the business.
  • Actively participates in Functional & Strategic Change activities, support best practice & functional excellence.
  • Participate fully in developing, maintaining and modifying manufacturing processes and procedures in assigned areas with a keenness to adopt a continuous improvement attitude.
  • Support to the continued validation and evolution of the cost model and bidding methodology within manufacturing to ensure competitiveness checks are in place on all bids.
  • Ensuring costs reflect the latest assumptions, including Unit Production Cost (UPC) using actual cost data where possible and engineering estimates where not.
  • Collect, summarise and present information or data, carrying out pre-defined analyses and ensuring completeness and accuracy, and provide it to others for use in decision-making. Challenge data and information provided to ensure the Bid Pack is clear, and fully auditable back to the data source.
  • Ensure effective process governance in assigned areas ensuring projects adhere to all policies and procedures, promoting a culture of collaboration and sharing of knowledge; contributing to relevant overall MBDA bidding activities
Join a great team!
Being a key member of the project management team you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other team members, challenge the norm and implement change within the organisation.

The role will provide many stimulating challenges, personal development opportunities and the chance to work both with teams throughout the UK but also internationally.

MBDA values its employee's personal and professional development and therefore provides opportunities for both on the job training, e-learning and classroom learning in a variety of technical and managerial subjects.
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. MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more...

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.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


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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