Principal Manufacturing Engineer - Line ManagerNew Malden, GBR

Your Opportunity to Define Possible . Our Opportunity t o Deliver the Nation's Security . Together.

Salary: £55,000 - £70,000

Role Clearance Type: UK-Security Check (SC). Clearance not required to start

Location: Burlington House, New Malden, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London, UK.

About Your Opportunity:

Principal Production Engineer (80%)


Note: this role outlines your technical engineering roles and responsibilities. These are anticipated to take circa 80% of your time.

A senior member of the Hardware Engineering team, this role will work to lead, co-ordinate and develop the production team in the successful manufacture of control systems within the defence industry. The role is ideal for a highly experienced Production Engineer with a background and working knowledge of both Electrical & Mechanical Engineering to grow the Production Engineering capabilities.

This role requires the development of close working relationships between our production team, design & engineering teams, senior leadership team and procurement team. The primary tasks will be to plan and lead engineering work-packages and support the delivery of projects working closely with our suppliers to ensure their production activities are managed to timescales to meet programme objectives and manufactured to defined standards. The majority of the manufacturing will be undertaken by third parties but will require customer interaction in a hybrid fashion with potential visits to supplier sites required to support manufacture, testing and inspection, as required.

Specialist engineering knowledge of Electrical/Mechanical systems on a variety of defence programmes from a manufacturing perspective is preferred.

Line Manager (20%)


Note: this role is above and beyond your technical engineering delivery activities. The following line management roles and responsibilities are anticipated to take circa 20% of your time.

To provide leadership, people management and development support to our staff. Ensuring the delivery of the discipline strategy through a focused and consistent approach to people management.

To take responsibility for listening to any team issues, collating and escalating up the Line management organisation when necessary, for correct and timely action.

To support career and personal development, driving improvement initiatives to improve the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of the team.

Your Benefits:

  • Flexible working schedules - we offer flexible and hybrid working arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about any scheduling preferences you may have.

  • Flexible Benefits Package - choose which NGUKL benefits you want to satisfy your personal needs. Core Benefits provided for you are Healthcare, Dental, Life Assurance and Pension. Benefits you can flex include Critical Illness Cover, Health Cash Plan, and Health Assessments.

  • Employee Incentive Programme - exceptional performance is recognized through our annual incentive programme which is awarded to top performers who excel

  • Career Development - opportunity for ongoing professional development and career growth opportunities

Your Responsibilities:

  • Own, manage and maintain both company and programme specific processes and procedures to enable successful manufacture.

  • Own production progress reports provided by the team and communicate across functions along with external stakeholders including suppliers and our customers.

  • To lead and provide support to production team across multiple disciplines and projects

  • Lead process improvements within both the department and the company aligning with practice panels.

  • Control change management in the event of customer, supplier or internal design changes throughout production phases

  • Direct line management responsibilities for a team of Engineers - including tasks such as (but not limited to) career development, talent management, performance management, resource and leave management.

Your Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience as a manufacturing/production engineer

  • Ability to work independently on own initiative, as well as within a collaborative team environment

  • Ability to work under pressure in a complex and rapidly changing environment

  • Prior experience of cabinet wiring and installation

  • Understanding and working knowledge of electrical build standards

  • IPC certified

Your Future Team:

"This role is a great fit for a Principal Production Engineer looking for further career development opportunities and to manage a team of Production Engineers. You'll be working with top talent to contribute to the continued safe deployment of the latest in-service submarines for the Royal Navy. What an opportunity!

Kenneth Park - Hardware Engineering Manager @ Northrop Grumman UK

We are an extensively experienced and supportive team working in a matrix structure that promotes collaboration, opportunity for new experiences and learning. We will give you space to develop your career and build on your capability to lead inside and outside a project team.

Diversity is at the heart of our success. Our team share experience, knowledge and new thinking gained from a wide range of backgrounds perspective, culture, gender, race, age and many other elements across several industries. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from communities currently under-represented within our industry . We treat everyone with respect and foster safe and inclusive environments.

About Our Responsibilities:

Our customers operate in unique environments which offer new and exciting challenges every day, cultivating a place where you can learn and thrive, working alongside the best minds in industry. We'll give you space to develop your career, where your ideas can shape the future of our dynamic business.

We promote collaboration to achieve more than we could imagine, together. And w ithin a respectful and inspirational environment, we value what you say and do.

How to Apply:

Interested in our opportunity?

Yes - then simply submit your application online. Your application will be reviewed by one of our expert recruiters who'll then respond advising you of the outcome and next steps for successful candidates.

Possibly, I'd like to find out more - email to connect with one of our Sourcing Specialists who will be happy to support you with any enquires.

Background checks and potentially security clearance form part of the recruitment process, our team will inform you of the procedures when required.

Northrop Grumman UK:

Work with a global brand that makes a real contribution to our nation's security and future. At Northrop Grumman UK, the brightest minds come together to push the boundaries and Define Possible. As leaders in the digital transformation of Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence we are providing ground-breaking outcomes for our customers.

UK Defence Business:

Our UK Defence business is a Sovereign software and systems centre of excellence. As well as developing and supporting UK wide and internationally deployed multi-domain command and control systems, our work is critical to the modern backbone of the Royal Navy. We pioneer - with fierce curiosity, dedication, and innovation, we seek to solve the world's most challenging problems.

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Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and encourages individuals from all backgrounds and all abilities to apply and consider becoming a part of our diverse and inclusive workforce.