Manufacturing Engineer

Job Description

Manufacturing Engineer – Composites – Aerospace/Defence


Salary:  £40,000 to £50,000 with excellent benefits including pension, gym membership, 26 days holiday, medical, dental plus many others

Location:   Southampton, Hampshire


Our client is a highly successful international company and a leading supplier of major civil & military aircraft structures & systems. They offer excellent career progression with continual training and mentoring


Requirements for the role of Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Degree/HNC in Engineering or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Good leadership skills including coaching and team engagement
  • Detailed knowledge of composite manufacturing processes
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, including stakeholder management
  • Ability to manage multiple complex assignments/priorities and achieve results
  • Strong organisational skills with a high attention to detail
  • Highly effective problem-solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)



  • Project management skills
  • Positive approach to challenging situations
  • Six Sigma Green Belt trained and certified
  • Experience using laser projection software/hardware for composite manufacturing
  • Prepared to travel within the UK and overseas to meet the customer and/or our suppliers(occasional)


Responsibilities for the role of Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Facilitate all elements of manufacturing engineering such as process planning, tooling, inspection criteria/equipment, lean methodologies
  • Generate internal engineering instructions to enable manufacturing and control costs/quality within the engineering team (ERP, ply books, laser progs, material nests etc.)
  • Understand and liaise with customers to support both internal and external customer needs
  • Support New Technology Initiatives (NTI) and equipment upgrades from purchase through to installation and commissioning. Share best practices with other company’s locations
  • Support New Product Introduction (NPI) both from a Design for Manufacture (DFM) perspective and operational performance implementation
  • Support the tooling function, identify tooling needs and support tool design from concept through to final design
  • Conduct cost/benefit analysis for changes to processes and/or equipment
  • Ensure processes contribute to a safe working environment and meet EHS requirements. Support/lead EHS projects
  • Identify and reduce product quality issues caused by process variation
  • Track/drive root cause analysis and corrective actions for production issues
  • Define, enable and measure process capability
  • Utilise lean-manufacturing principles and participate/lead in action workouts to improve process capability, improve quality, reduce overall costs and increase capacity
  • Lead/support training activities within the manufacturing environment
  • Prioritisation of workload and project planning to support customer needs.
  • Participate/lead in local and site wide initiatives


Keywords:  Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering, Composites, Aerospace, Defence, NPI, New Product Introduction, Six Sigma, six Sigma Green Belt