• Manufacturing Engineering & Continuous Improvement Lead

    Posted Date 1 week ago(09/11/2018 11:28)
    Job ID
    United Kingdom
    Seniority Level
    Mid-Senior level
    Job Function
    Permanent Full-Time
    Estimated Travel Required
    0 - 10%
  • Company Overview

    At TT Electronics, you will meet dedicated people who believe that advanced electronics is the key to a brighter, smarter future.  Whether it’s advanced flight controls, smart surgical tools, intelligent vehicle charging or seamless automation everywhere, advancements like this come from the minds of passionate, creative people – working to a common goal, watching out for each other, and caring about making a difference in the lives of people all over the world. 


    Our passion?  Simplifying the development of complex electronics… it’s the reason we exist as an organisation.  Our way of life?  Fostering a culture that values individuals as well as community and teamwork. 


    Join us – and work with a team that believes success is measured by more than the bottom line, where you’ll find opportunities to achieve your goals, contribute to the lives of others, and build a brighter, smarter future, together. 


    Our Barnstaple facility is located in North Devon. Founded in 1948, the site now employs approximately 250 employees and features the Aero Stanrew brand of electromagnetic components, printed-circuit board assemblies, cabinet wiring and electronic test equipment for safety critical applications in aerospace and defence, industrial and transportation industries.


    Here, employee engagement is centre stage; we’re focussed on our employees and making TT a great place to work. We continue to invest and improve the site’s facilities, regularly get involved in fundraising for local charities, have an active social club and a group wide focus on ‘Build Expertise’ in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects,  developing our current employees and encouraging others to join our industry.

    In addition to adopting a great working atmosphere, we are also pleased to offer a comprehensive range of employee benefits including:

    • Discounted Gym membership
    • Life assurance
    • Fresh fruit and hot drinks
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Company share-save scheme (eligible after a qualifying period)
    • Contributory pension scheme

    Role Overview and Responsibilities

    An opprtunity has arisen for a Manufacturing Engineering & Continuous Improvement Lead to participate in:

    • Developing manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes.
    • Benchmarking Aero Stanrew and Industry Best Practice for Production Equipment and Manufacturing Processes
    • Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, reliability and efficiency of manufacturing equipment
    • Developing or maintain programs associated with improving manufacturing production equipment.
    • Identifying and implementing new manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
    • Provide input to TTelectronics Global Manufacturing Knowledge Network.
    • Install and evaluate manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
    • Monitor or measure manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease cycle/lead-times, or improve quality.
    • Oversee equipment start-up, characterisation, qualification, or release.
    • Prepare plant and cell layouts, specifications, drawings, or sketches of machinery or equipment, including tooling, standard work documents, or new equipment design, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.
    • Develop Capital Investment Justifications for Manufacturing Improvements
    • Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers.
    • Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.

    Key Responsibilities:

    The Manufacturing Engineering Continuous Improvement Lead is focused on equipping Aero Stanrew with the optimal production equipment and processes to achieve target Goals.
    To provide technical and project leadership in developing and deploying equipment and process technology for cost reduction and quality improvement.
    Initiating and conducting broadly defined technical tasks and programs within our Magnetics, ESD and Electronics Value Streams
    Introduces and validates new manufacturing equipment and processes.
    Development of the OPEX Manufacturing Technology culture, coaching others in all aspects of 3P (Production Preparation Process) to affect the needed changes to meet business requirements.
    To provide technical support/coaching in OPEX related processes to Operations teams to grow the process improvement capabilities of the Business.

    Driving change management, effectively communicating throughout the organization and collaborating with the leadership team to achieve target performance.  Creation and leadership of the bespoke Manufacturing Engineering plan, to drive significant performance improvement in manufacturing processes.
    Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, competitors and appropriate research institutions to research and recommend best practice methodologies and implementing the standardisation of those practices/processes across the Aero Stanrew business unit.                             

    Work with NPI &  Manufacturing teams to identify a project portfolio that will deliver processes and equipment which meet the business needs of safety, quality, delivery and cost.
    Carry out technical and cost related feasibilities in support of a business case for technology implementation.
    Works to a well-defined project list to ensure commitments are delivered upon, track and communicate progress on specific projects.
    Financial Responsibility for Project Budgets
    Leads and participates in cross functional team events aimed at identifying improvements using OPEX principles and Lean Manufacturing methods and practices.
    Will identify suitable third-party vendors to partner with on a project specific basis.
    Will work closely with third party vendors to ensure projects are maintained from a quality, cost and time perspective
    Will prepare drawings and specifications to define and communicate project information.
    Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks’
    Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results; keeping business information confidential; administering the system security; ensuring data accuracy and integrity; maintaining updated professional and technical knowledge; assuring systems compliance with laws, regulations, and corporate standards; ensuring a safe and healthy environment.
    Complies with all applicable regulations and company procedures.
    Manufacturing Team membership in cross-functional NPI Project Teams supporting scale-up and launch of new products with equipment and process to meet customer needs and expectations of Quality, Delivery and Cost
    Develop financial justifications for new capital projects support both NPI and cost reduction efforts.


    Supervision Received:  Will work closely with operations director to ensure alignment with manufacturing strategy, progress will be reported out during daily stand ups and project ‘5-blockers’ prepared weekly for broader internal and external stakeholder community.

    Supervision Provided:  Direct reports include:

    Manufacturing Engineering Manager, MLP’s and all manufacturing engineers across Magnetics and Electronics Value Streams.

    Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

    Core Requirements:

    A recognised Engineering Degree or equivalent and subsequent experience in the Product & Process Engineering.

    Formal training, qualification and Proven experience in Six Sigma techniques.

    Minimum two years experience in technical process improvements, experienced in Lean manufacturing methodology in relation to manufacturing equipment and processes combined.

    Equipment/Process design & specification experience within regulated such as Aerospace, Medical device or Bio-Pharmaceutical.



    Desireable Skills and Experience:

    Knowledge of Process validation procedures and techniques, e.g.  Process and product FMEA, and process capability studies. 
    Excellent skills in change management in a technical environment
    Able to identify, prioritise, and manage the implementation of initiatives and change strategies
    Be a champion, coach and mentor for Manufacturing Engineering Development.  Develop others in the company to lead their own improvement processes.
    Able to develop Manufacturing Engineers to become subject matter experts in their field.
    Can execute improvement events/projects based on target objectives.  Use various improvement methods to execute such as Modular Design, lean design, 3P, kaizen events, six sigma, PFMEA, value stream mapping, etc…Gain involvement of Operational & Technical Managers in projects, manage the use of these resources to gain maximum improvements.

    Exhibits a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives.  


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