Principal Operations Engineer - Continuous Improvement

BAE Systems
Cumbria, England, Barrow-In-Furness
19 Feb 2018
05 Mar 2018
Jonathan Patton
Job Type

Principal Operations Engineer - Continuous Improvement

Would you like a chance to provide continuous improvement systems across a wide range of projects within our Submarine Solutions business area? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Operations Engineer - Continuous Improvement at our site in Barrow-In-Furness.

As a Principal Operations Engineer - Continuous Improvement, you will be responsible for Continuous Improvement systems projects within Manufacturing Engineering to facilitate production and improvements to productivity and business KPIs (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost & People) using 6-sigma principles and LEAN thinking in line with the manufacturing standard to create and deliver an optimised production line.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to grow and shape a Continuous Improvement organisation from its infant state whilst supporting a multi programme delivery in a complex, discrete and low volume manufacturing construction environment in a blue chip organisation.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Operations Engineer - Continuous Improvement will involve:

  • Facilitating cross-functional improvement activities empowering those in the team to use the LEAN toolset

  • Supporting the build delivery organisation and appropriate stakeholders to implement and embed solutions into business as usual

  • Managing your own work load, working with the "Domain Manager" to priorities projects and maintaining progress against agreed milestones and delivery dates

  • Providing technical mentoring and guidance to the wider team around the appropriate use of tools and techniques such as LEAN and Six Sigma

  • Providing accurate and suitably detailed management reports such that issues and problems can be addressed in a timely manner

  • Ensuring attendance and time is booked appropriately to contract

  • Undertaking required training to ensure skills are up to date and appropriate to the role

  • Providing full support to the Build Governance and completing additional duties as required by the Head of Manufacturing Engineering when called upon to do so

Your skills and qualifications:


  • Demonstrable experience of working in and executing Continuous Improvement and Manufacturing Engineering principles and or lean manufacturing principles in low volume, complex discrete manufacturing

  • Evidence of developing innovative and effective solutions to a range of build delivery issues via the effective utilisation of the relevant manufacturing or continuous improvement disciplines and methodologies (Lean or Manufacturing)

  • Proven decision making skills using a reasoned and logical thinking process to reach decisions that are pragmatic and practical to maintain progress but also maintain alignment with longer term strategic business objectives

  • Evidence of leading and developing optimal manufacturing work flows and packages using manufacturing engineering disciplines, exploiting and leveraging business systems

  • Honours degree in a relevant engineering discipline and or equivalent experience in a manufacturing or Continuous Improvement discipline


  • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt

  • Formal Lean Manufacturing Qualification

  • Seven Basic Quality Tools

  • CAD, PLM, ERP, MES system solution awareness

  • Project management experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will demonstrate strong communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships. You will need to be able to influence multiple stakeholders and interact confidently with senior management. Strong problem solving skills are key to the success of this role.

Location: Barrow-In-Furness

Salary: Competitive

Maritime - Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.