Principal Manufacturing Engineer Manager

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Principal Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Would you like to be a leader in our Manufacturing Engineering function? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Manufacturing Engineer Manager at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Manufacturing Engineering Manager, you will be working within our Manufacturing Engineering function, reporting to the Head of Manufacturing Engineering and be responsible for the overall producibility of submarines. The purpose of Manufacturing Engineering is to develop, implement and govern capable methods of manufacture, assembly, disassembly and repair (including method of verification) which can meet customer and business requirements for Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery throughout the product lifecycle, ensuring compliance to design intent.

You will be responsible for the management and leadership of the Manufacturing Engineering capability for producibility. This role will provide you with the opportunity to define the strategy, standards, processes and methods to ensure the manufacturability of submarines, as well as fundamentally influencing the future of UK submarine design.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Manufacturing Engineering Manager will involve:

Working with the Engineering, Quality, Planning and Operations functions to develop strategies, methods and processes associated with ensuring the 'manufacturability' of the product across the business portfolio

Developing an in-depth understanding of the Submarine build strategy, its general characteristics from a manufacturing and construction process perspective, and to tailor the implementation of the 'design for X' methods that is fit for purpose for BAE Systems submarines specific business needs

Understanding and developing dimensional management approaches that are appropriate for the different stages of the submarines product lifecycle; ranging from concept design through to build and delivery

Developing the 'Producibility' discipline within Manufacturing Engineering; defining processes and policies ensuring that appropriate training is in place for Manufacturing Engineers deployed within the submarines programmes. Undertaking regular process confirmation and audit to demonstrate that a robust and lasting capability has been developed and integrated into the Design and Manufacturing activities at BAE Systems Submarines

Undertaking periodic benchmarking of best practice associated with manufacturability in similar related industries, including shipbuilding, construction, the off-shore petrochemical industries, in addition to maintaining close collaborative relationships with other BAE systems cross sector teams i.e. Land Systems and the Air sector

Through extensive knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (i.a.w ASME, ISO or equivalent), an understanding of variation management and key characteristic controls, act as the overall dimensional management capability lead for Manufacturing Engineering with associated delegations of authority from the Head of Manufacturing Engineering. Act as the technical advisory authority for all dimensional management issues within Manufacturing Engineering, providing detailed coaching and developing the overall capability

Introducing the principles and concepts associated with producibility, which will be as much a cultural change as it is a technical change; leading the transformation programme, engaging with primary stakeholders and educating the business on the need for Dimensional Management

Working in collaboration with the Dimensional Controls team (Quality), to ensure latest metrology equipment, processes and techniques support the Dimensional Management requirements and so that the data output of the metrology system can be readily interpreted, analysed and consumed

Developing processes and standards around the application of APQP standards (i.e. AS9145) in relation to influencing design and securing manufacturing capability to ensure “right first time” delivery

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer Manager:


Preferably degree qualified, and working towards/ has achieved Chartership status of an appropriate Institution, coupled with suitable Manufacturing Engineering experience

Comprehensive understanding of a number of Manufacturing Engineering sub-disciplines

Good understanding of how sub-discipline Manufacturing Engineers are organised and governed, and how they are integrated with other disciplines.

Experience in deploying design for assembly/ design for manufacture/ design for “X”

Demonstrable experience of managing dimensional management from one of the following (or similar) environments – aerospace/ship building/large industrial manufacturing facility

The ability to influence at all levels, develop sustainable cross functional relationships and challenge the status quo.


Track record of transformation programmes in a technical discipline

What we're looking for in you:

You must possess good problem-solving skills as well as the ability to drive change and effectively influence people to adopt new processes. You must also be an approachable and confident leader who has the ability to communicate well with others.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Salary: Competitive

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.

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.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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.