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Manufacturing Engineer

KNDS Defence UK Limited

Job description

We are currently looking for a... Manufacturing Engineer

A little about us...

With over a century of engineering expertise and innovation, KNDS UK (formerly WFEL Limited) is a renowned world leader in rapidly deployable military bridging systems and a key partner in the UK MoD’s Boxer armoured vehicle programme.

We are proud of our heritage and our reputation of providing the highest quality engineering solutions for over 100 years. As a trusted partner to military customers around the world, our employees are the very heart of our company. We have a skilled and experienced workforce dedicated to achieving excellence in all areas of the business from Engineering to Project Management, Business Support to Operations.

As our business evolves, we are looking to strengthen our workforce with talented and motivated individuals across a range of disciplines to work from our Northwest Engineering Centre of Excellence and currently have this opportunity available:

About the role...

The core responsibility of this job function is to support manufacturing processes to improve product quality and ease of manufacture. Apply modern manufacturing methodology and continuous improvement philosophy to the manufacturing engineering practices.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience of manufacturing complex large fabrications
  • Track record of delivering Manufacturing improvements including change over time reduction, cycle time, error-proofing and fixture design would be advantageous.
  • Ability to review Quality data to identify and prioritise improvement actions
  • Create, manage and deliver improvement action plans
  • Implement a customer focused, operational improvement culture delivering world class customer service levels.
  • Coordinate cross functional team activities to optimise cost performance of the plant through capital investment programmes, optimising operating standards and minimising waste through the development of a continuous improvement culture encompassing lean principles
  • Support and lead structured problem solving and process improvement activities, 8D or similar
  • Provide design for manufacturing input in new product development process, coordinate and support the new product development team in developing effective processes to ensure manufacturability of products, maintaining quality, safety, cost and environmental standards.
  • Ensure that Environmental, Health and Safety, manufacturing and quality standards and procedures are adhered to.
  • Implement effective containment and permanent corrective actions to manufacturing quality and process issues.

What we’re looking for...

We need you to hold an HND or an Advanced/Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering, ideally, you will be educated to Bachelor level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering Discipline. We need you to have a proven successful track record of manufacturing excellence and have experience in a similar role within an industrial or technical environment. It would be advantageous to have planning experience with SAP or to be trained in SAP.

What you can expect from us...

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2018 and achieved their Silver Award in 2020 which means that we actively support and encourage service leavers, reservists and cadets to join our team, recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process. 

When you become part of the KNDS UK team, you will enjoy employee benefits such as:

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension (4% employee contribution, 7% employer contribution)
  • Flexible working
  • Half day Friday
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Company sick pay scheme which increases with service
  • Free unreserved car parking

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply by clicking the link at the top of the page or email your CV with a cover letter to careers@knds.co.uk

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please note that we have a Preferred Supplier List in place and we will contact agencies directly should the need arise, however any unsolicited CVs received via an agency will be accepted with thanks but without fee.

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