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Manufacturing Supervisor - AIT

KNDS Defence UK Limited

Job description

We are currently looking for a Manufacturing Supervisor

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 purpose of this role is to lead and supervise manufacturing operations team to safely ensure the on-time delivery of finished products at correct quality and cost and to champion continuous improvement in all activities and areas of responsibility. The successful candidate must demonstrate flexibility and be able to work alternative shift patterns (with relevant notice periods) and be able to be deployed anywhere within the business.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure that the team operates in accordance with the Company’s, Health Environmental and Safety policies, lead SHE activities in relevant areas.
  • Lead the team to deliver Product to Cost and Quality requirements, ensuring that schedule adherence is met, creating recovery plans and short interval control where required.
  • Assume responsibility for effective deployment of resource, achieving business returned hour targets are delivered.
  • Redirect resources to other business units as and when required.
  • Manage welfare and absence according to company procedure (holidays, sickness, disciplinary etc), ensure that RTW are carried within 24 hours of return.
  • Drive team competence to deliver targets, ensuring flexibility within the team.
  • Arrange on the job training courses with maximum attendance.
  • Prepare daily reporting (upwards) of primary business measures.
  • Ensure that the company Quality Management Systems and Manufacturing Procedures are followed.
  • Maintain the competency, capability and capacity of the manufacturing team to ensure delivery of programme requirements.
  • Personally carry out start and end of shift briefs, ensuring direct workforce receive daily communications and are kept appraised of key business topics.
  • Responsible for the upkeep and communication of local KPIs (SQCDP) to team / and management.
  • Lead daily auditing of workplace environment ensuring Target Conditions are met to “visitor ready” standards.

What we’re looking for…

Applications will be considered from those who have proven experience within a similar role within aerospace, automotive or similar mechanical engineering business and who have experience with leading and implementing manufacturing schedules and recover plans. We require a working knowledge of SAP, adequate computer skills including Microsoft Office and to have knowledge and understanding of Material Requirements Planning (MRP). Having experience in resource planning and competence management, project reporting including definition and collation of KPIs and factory maintenance and PM planning is desirable. Holding a degree or HND in Manufacturing or Engineering Discipline and holding an IOSH/NEBOSH certificate would be advantageous.

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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