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Head of Manufacturing Engineering - Aerospace

Requisition ID:  66851
Business Unit:  Engine Systems Basingstoke (1205)

Fareham, HAM, United Kingdom, PO15 5TT

With over 160 years of history, innovation’s at the heart of everything we do in our aerospace, defence and selected energy markets. Joining Meggitt means you’re helping to deliver our vision <<Enabling the Extraordinary – to fly, to power, to live>> - keeping the world flying with one of over 73,000 Meggitt-equipped aircraft taking off every second of every day; protecting countless lives with our technology, keeping those who put their lives at risk safer and ensuring that the lights stay on for millions of people worldwide.


Enable your extraordinary. Join us and be part of our Meggitt team.


Role Summary

The Head of Manufacturing Engineering role is a pivotal role that provides a critical bridge between the design and production/manufacturing teams.  The successful candidate will manage and coordinate the activities of the manufacturing engineering group through extensive interaction with multi-department teams, in support of manufacturing operations, new product introductions, and achieving long-term corporate goals.  #LI-SJ1

Core Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Design Engineering team at early stages of development cycle to ensure design for manufacture principles are considered and embedded in the NPI design process.
  • Oversee the transferring of new products into production. This includes making sure the designs can be manufactured and have acceptable production yields.
  • Work with cross functional teams to make product improvements for increased efficiency and customer satisfaction.
  • Confer with Programmes, Design Engineering, Operations, Sales and Commercial to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer demand for new and existing products.
  • Develop improved processes and tooling to reduce labour time and costs.
  • Make engineering and procedural changes to improve production yields, improve manufacturability, reduce lead time and reduce quality problems.
  • Work with Procurement to find additional sources for difficult or obsolete materials, resolve problems with suppliers, and solve quality problems. Work with Procurement to reduce material costs; assess and qualify vendors.
  • Oversee technical and professional development of the Manufacturing Engineering team.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of new technologies, which may improve operations, and develop recommendations accordingly.

Skills, Abilities & Experience


  • Experience within aerospace & defence sector is essential
  • leadership and management skills to enable the creation of a highly capable and sustainable function
  • Experience leading Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, or other continuous improvement processes
  • Experience of leading production engineering and design teams within a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to anticipate internal or external business challenges/regulatory issues and make recommendations
  • High level of ethical behavior in exercising judgment and discretion in matters of significance
  • Ability to negotiate well with others
  • Ability to explain a range of complex technical information
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with ability to negotiate and influence, while exercising sensitivity to audience
  • Registered CEng & Membership of Professional Institution preferred

Meggitt is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and beliefs define who we are as a business and that building a culture of respect and appreciation will give everyone the opportunity to recognise their full potential.   

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