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Date Added: Tue 06/07/2021

Chief Manufacturing Engineer / Engineering Manager

Cowes, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Salary: £45000 - £58000/annum

Chief Manufacturing Engineer


Chief Manufacturing Engineer (CME) is the technical leader for Manufacturing Engineering and is responsible for the manufacturing definition and ME related activities within the programme / value stream through its lifecycle. The CME leads the multi functional Manufacturing Engineering (ME) team that is deployed into the programme / values stream and acts as the primary representative for (ME) at all programme / technical reviews & externally (with customer & suppliers). Will ensure the manufacturing system meets stakeholder requirements including; technical compliance; adherence to ME processes and standards and compliance business case (including quality; delivery and cost).


Delivery of a manufacturing system that fulfils all stakeholder requirements including;
Quality, H&S, design, producibility, business case etc.
Accountable for the M.E. metrics including;
Product safety
Quality (including right first time measures)
Delivery (completion of the M.E. related activities in line with the agreed schedule)
Cost (NRC & RC)
Product development including;
Selection of capable manufacturing processes
Validating the capability of the process and/or equipment
including that all process / test requirements, relating to the manufacturing system, are suitably addressed
Introduction of new technology in line with the Programme / Value Stream requirements
Supporting the Make v Buy & subsequest supplier selection process
Ensure adherence to all applicable Quality processes and procedures including;
All regulatory laws and guidelines are complied with
Customer requirements (where mandated)
Export Control and ITAR requirements
Leadership of the deployed M.E. team including;
Ensuring that safe working practices are maintained at all times
Daily management of the M.E. team.
Allocation of task in line with the agreed schedule / budget
Ensuring that all M.E. related reviews (internal & external) are completed to schedule and that the inputs / outputs are managed to the defined process
inclusive of capturing / auctioning Risk and Lessons Learnt
Ensuring the successful transition of a programme from one lifecycle gate to the next

Acting as the M.E. lead with;
The Programme Management / Value Stream leaders
Other internal disciplines
The customer
The nominated supply chain
Support the Design Chief Engineers on their technical reviews (internal & external) as required


Able to demonstrate the ability to work, and deliver, under own initiative.
Good Technical English language and net-working skills.
Prepared to work on the complete range of Aerospace programmes, both civil and military.
Able to travel as required.



ME leadership roles within an Aerospce environment including;
Resource management
Budget control
Management of the ME related schedule
Periodic reporting
Acting as the ME technical lead / authority on aerospace programmes
Application of Continuous Improvement (CI) and Lean Management tools and techniques
Working with diverse skill sets


Good interpersonal team working skills with the ability to influence stakeholders.
Has the ability to work successfully within a matrix managed business, able to influence without direct authority.
Proactive in regard to new developments of expertise required.
Self-motivated, resourceful, strong minded and committed.
Innovative toward all aspects of the job.
Flexible and capable of working in a complex environment.
Good reporting and communication skills on project status and progress.
Capable of interfacing professionally with customers and suppliers
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