Manufacturing Operations Production Supervisor

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Manufacturing Operations Production Supervisor

Would you like to play a key role in one of the Worlds Largest Defence Programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Manufacturing Operations Production Supervisor at our site in Samlesbury.

As a Manufacturing Operations Production Supervisor, you will be participating in the F-35 Lighting, as well as Eurofighter Typhoon and world-famous Hawk trainer Aircraft. You will be responsible for organising, executing and controlling specialist activities and resources to support safe operational delivery. You will be managing your team to achieve time, cost and delivery performance in line with company targets and to drive continuous improvements.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work in a world class Manufacturing facility at the cutting edge of Aerospace Design. This role will also offer an opportunity to work in an environment of supported learning and development, where personal development plans, mentoring, early leadership training programmes and more can be accessed.

Your main responsibilities as a Manufacturing Operations Production Supervisor

will involve:

Management of all activities within the area of responsibility including allocated resource to discharge the agreed production schedule

Liaising and coordinating with support functions (i.e. Manufacturing Engineering/Logistics) to progress issues concerning production planning and resource/skill allocation, to ensure delivery of products to schedule within a set cost budget at the required quality specification

Responsibility for the constant assessment and elimination of waste within every product, process and system throughout the business

Adhering and complying with the three key principles of the manufacturing system and associated standards (For example; applying workplace organisation, internal customer satisfaction work balance)

Reporting and acting upon any production losses through the appropriate channels to successfully identify root cause, contain issues and progress appropriate corrective actions.

Ensuring all visual management and control within your respective area of ownership are kept up to date and topical in line with the Manufacturing System Standards

Leading and motivating the team to create a high performance culture

Being a catalyst for improvement suggestions and a driver of cost saving measures and efficiency improvements

Your skills and qualifications:


Working experience within Manufacturing Operations or similar environment, utilising systems, tools and structure to influence objective outcomes around Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People

Established/in depth Operational experience (ideally within a Manufacturing environment)

Have general engineering understanding across, design, manufacturing and test processes and demonstrate the importance of a “safety first” culture

Demonstrate a good understanding of customer and their needs

Demonstrate that employee engagement is a fundamental foundation of the achievement of a total performance culture


Demonstrate the ability to manage local stakeholders (such as Engineering, Finance and Programme Management) as well as the broader operational leadership

Demonstrate the ability to consider complex management and engineering challenges and recommend solutions / options through effective stakeholder engagement that involves cross discipline peer group and the participation of the direct team

Demonstrate ability to manage conflict, negotiate trade-offs and deliver solutions that aim to build a collaborative approach

Demonstrate the ability to influence the adoption of best practice tools and techniques to ensure problems are resolved at root cause and systemic issues are prevented from reoccurring through clearly defined and communicated process change

Previous experience of delivery of complex and critical manufacturing operational outcomes that enable the wider manufacturing organisation and programme to deliver strong schedule and financial performance

Hold a ONC/NVQ 3/ HNC or above in Engineering or Operations Management or equivalent experience

Hold NVQ level 2/3 in BIT (Business Improvements Techniques) or equivalent experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will have the ability to manage and influence at all levels across the BAE Systems Air Manufacturing Organisation. You will also have to display company values and exhibit role model behaviours leading by example.

Location: Samlesbury
Salary: £37,654

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

BAE Systems Air

BAE Systems Air brings together the company’s international capabilities and expertise to respond to customers' current and future requirements, and compete for international export and collaborative opportunities. In the UK, BAE Systems Air has an unrivalled track record and expertise in the development, delivery and support of military air platforms, components and technologies through Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, Tornado and Hawk.

BAE Systems Air has the capability to provide customers with information superiority through the delivery of actionable intelligence and information, together with the provision of innovative information systems and services. Training is a key enabler to delivering military capability, and at BAE Systems we bring together our expertise in the analysis, design, build and delivery of training solutions into a powerful combination for our military customers around the world.

Working as an integral part of the team delivering information superiority and effective air power, our aim is to provide our customers with the capabilities and intelligence that really matters.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.