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Manufacturing Engineer

ID de l'offre R0085368 Date de publication 12/05/2020 Lieu: Cheadle, Angleterre, United Kingdom
Full time, Contrat à Durée Indéterminée (CDI)
Location: Cheadle, United Kingdom

Thales people provide armed forces customers with operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defence mission systems solutions at land, sea, and air. Our platforms extend across the battlespace including Above and Sonar, Electronic Combat, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

The Senior Manufacturing engineer is to manage and influence product and process design to ensure that manufacturability, repeatability, process control, and cost are considered at every stage of the design life cycle. The senior manufacturing engineer is embedded within the team at the product concept stage and is responsible for managing and ensuring that Design to Cost (DTC) and Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) assessments are performed and that results and action plans are reported to senior management.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Defining, managing, and setting up the entire manufacturing process from a high level set of design requirements
  • Ensuring that product manufacturability is considered throughout the design lifecycle and that opportunities to reduce product and project cost are identified, reported, and realised wherever possible
  • Leading product DFM/A (design for manufacture/assembly) reviews
  • Leading product and process FMEA (failure modes effects analysis) reviews
  • Actively managing and driving design change to improve manufacturability
  • Mentoring junior members of the team and other engineering disciplines in DFM/A and lean manufacturing techniques to drive progress and instill industry best practice
  • Defining product cost targets from initial bid submission
  • Managing, monitoring, and reporting of product cost via a DTC (design to cost) methodology, including the identification of main cost drivers and cost reduction opportunities
  • Reviewing, and approving high complexity mechanical and electrical drawings, to ensure that products are manufactured in the most efficient manner
  • Performing Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) assessments on high complexity assemblies and systems to ensure compliance to process
  • Liaising with designers, researchers, engineering and industry consultants to ensure that latest industry and equipment advances are identified to provide new and innovative solutions for current and future products
  • Defining and implementing manufacturing and process controls in a production environment to ensure that high level design requirements are achieved
  • Driving the assembly and proving of initial development and pre-production units to ensure that design and manufacturing lessons learnt are gathered and built into the final product solution
  • Designing the layout of the manufacturing facility including the identification of new capital equipment and tooling requirements
  • Defining and setting up new manufacturing lines using lean principles such as 5S, Kanban, SMED, 6 sigma, VSM (value stream mapping)
  • Leading manufacturing orientation design activities to ensure that they are performed in accordance with best practices (workmanship, safety etc.)
  • Overseeing the installation, commissioning, repair, and re-assembly of critical capital equipment.
  • Creating and updating manufacturing instructions from a high level set of design documentation

Experience and Skills

  • Significant Engineering experience within a low to medium volume, light mechanical / electro-mechanical production environment 
  • Excellent awareness and use of continuous improvement techniques and implementation of lean manufacturing
  • Experience of manufacturing systems, including routings, BOM`s, Concessions, Change Requests etc. 
  • Broad process knowledge including machining, assembly (both mechanical and electronic) and test 
  • The holder of the role is also expected to have the ability to communicate clearly and freely as well as to have the ability to produce high standard documentation for project and external use.

Education and Qualifications

Degree qualified in a relevant engineering discipline

Behaviors and Values

  • Good team player
  • Able to communicate effectively at multiple levels within the business
  • Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!


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