As the European number one in defence electronics and the world number two in defence radio communications, Thales is a leading name in the global defence and security markets. In addition to equipping over 40 naval forces across the globe, we have a proud 125-year heritage here in the UK. Today that is represented in our key role delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier and our provision of advanced radio equipment to all of the Royal Navy’s surface combatants.|
The aim of the Manufacturing Engineer is to manage and influence product and process design to ensure that manufacturability, repeatability, process control, and cost are considered at every stage of the design life cycle. The senior manufacturing engineer is embedded within the team at the product concept stage and is responsible for managing and ensuring that Design to Cost (DTC) and Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) assessments are performed and that results and action plans are reported to senior management.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
- Defining, managing, and setting up the entire manufacturing process from a high level set of design requirements
- Ensuring that product manufacturability is considered throughout the design lifecycle and that opportunities to reduce product and project cost are identified, reported, and realised wherever possible
- Leading product DFM/A (design for manufacture/assembly) reviews
- Leading product and process FMEA (failure modes effects analysis) reviews
- Mentoring members of the team and other engineering disciplines in DFM/A and lean manufacturing techniques to drive progress and instil industry best practice
- Defining product cost targets from initial bid submission
- Managing, monitoring, and reporting of product cost via a DTC (design to cost) methodology, including the identification of main cost drivers and cost reduction opportunities
- Liaising with designers, researchers, engineering and industry consultants to ensure that latest industry and equipment advances are identified to provide new and innovative solutions for current and future products
- Defining and implementing manufacturing and process controls in a production environment to ensure that high level design requirements are achieved
- Driving the assembly and proving of initial development and pre-production units to ensure that design and manufacturing lessons learnt are gathered and built into the final product solution
- Designing the layout of the manufacturing facility including the identification of new capital equipment and tooling requirements
- Defining and setting up new manufacturing lines using lean principles such as 5S, Kanban, SMED, 6 sigma, VSM (value stream mapping)
- Significant Engineering experience within a low to medium volume, light mechanical / electro-mechanical production environment
- Excellent awareness and use of continuous improvement techniques and implementation of lean manufacturing
- Experience of manufacturing systems, including routings, BOM`s, Concessions, Change Requests etc
- Broad process knowledge including machining, assembly (both mechanical and electronic) and test
- The holder of the role is also expected to have the ability to communicate clearly and freely as well as to have the ability to produce high standard documentation for project and external use.
- The key challenge of the role is to ensure that manufacturability and product cost is considered at all stages of the design cycle, whilst ensuring a smooth transition of the product from design through to build in a cost effective way.
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