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Manufacturing Subcontractor Manager

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Guildford, United Kingdom
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

Job Details

Location(s): UK, Europe & Africa : UK : Guildford

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

About the role

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence we produce state-of-the-art electronic products which are critical for the safety of our society and the protection of industry in the UK and across the globe. We employ a rigorous manufacturing framework for these products, which ensures the products we deliver to our customers are of consistently high quality and are resilient throughout their life.

As a Manufacturing Subcontractor Manager you will work with Digital Intelligence teams to manage, plan, schedule, implement and monitor projects utilising our key sub-contractors to meet stringent project cost and timescale requirements.

You will work closely with project management and development teams and report to senior stakeholders. You will work across all stages of the product lifecycle, including development, production and support, leading to you managing the build of our products across a wide supply chain.

Being surrounded by our highly-skilled engineering and management community, you will be mentored and receive the training you require to perform your role successfully, through a combination of on the job and formal training. You will have the opportunity to gain professional registration, and will be given real responsibility from day one.

We specialise in high-mix low-volume production, which means you will benefit from a varied day-to-day workload that flexes according to the current demands and priorities of the business.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to our success. We are proud to have a culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

This is permanent full time role, working on-site in our engineering facilities in Guildford, Gloucester and Alton. Due to the sensitive nature of the work we do, candidates must have the permanent right to work in the UK and be eligible to undergo a UK security vetting procedure.

Come and help us protect the digital world.

Key duties
  • Work with our engineering, project management and procurement teams to plan projects, document our intent and administer our system.
  • Implement those build plans and then monitor and report build status effectively.
  • Work with our key Subcontractors and our wider supply chain to manage and manufacture products that meet our high expectations.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with all key stakeholders, including subcontractors, suppliers and internal customers, maintaining regular communication and managing expectations and plans.
  • Plan activities in conjunction with the technical and project management teams to align procurement timelines with project schedules and key milestones to avoid delays.
  • Prepare Statements of Work for release to manufacture.
  • Source complex electro-mechanical and electronic parts for builds, dealing with obsolescence and supply chain disruption to determine the roadmap for key components and report that effectively to senior stakeholders.
  • Manage builds with our key Subcontractors on behalf of project teams, reporting issues in a timely manner and solving problems as they arise, keeping administration in line with current plans.
  • Identify, assess and manage risks to the success of the project. Apply appropriate project management methods and tools.
  • Foster collaboration and build trust with our subcontractors and suppliers
  • Develop and implement best practice Supplier governance and performance management methodologies and continuous improvement .

Desirable skills and experience
  • IT literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint
  • Self-driven with an enthusiastic approach and a willingness to continue to learn and develop your management skills
  • Proficient in written and spoken English for project and technical communication
  • Comprehensive knowledge of electronic manufacturing and components
  • Experience of building relationships and negotiating outcomes with supply chain and internal stakeholders.
  • A comprehensive understanding of Time, Cost and Quality and their impacts to projects.
  • Able to gather and analyse information. Support development of solutions and of implementation approaches.
  • A knowledge and understanding of Project Management policies, processes, procedures and systems.
  • Project Management experience demonstrated in a professional capacity within a project.
  • Able to undertake problem solving based on previous experience.
  • Have a good knowledge of Business processes and procedures.
  • Able to lead a complex project or a work package of a larger project.
  • Able to manage the full project lifecycle to ensure that, over time, the needs of customers/users continue to be met and that financial and other benefits are achieved.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to more than 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. With a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses from advanced threats, we work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data. We use the latest technologies, best practices and processes – combined with expertise gained from over forty years of application – to empower customers to detect and defend against the latest threats, transform their organisations, and secure their communications across multiple domains.

Everything we do creates a safer future. In a new age of cyber threats, our people have a shared vision to protect the connected world, to create and deliver intelligent global solutions across a dynamic technological landscape.  

The nature of our business means that we’re constantly looking for the very best people to fulfil our ambitions, and help you realise yours.

We’ve built a place that supports the changing needs of our multi-cultural, diverse, global workforce and we believe everyone can make a difference.

Careers webpage: Careers | BAE Systems






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