Bid Estimator and Proposal Manufacturing Engineer

South Wales
19 Dec 2017
16 Jan 2018
Stuart Macdonald
Clearance Level
Job Type

Bid Estimator and Proposal Manufacturing Engineer

Salary dependant on experience

Engineering / Defence / Military

South Wales, UK


The Role

On offer is a Bid Estimator and Proposal Manufacturing Engineer career opportunity within a company considered a world-leader in the integration of cutting-edge defence and security systems, delivering decisive advantage to military, government and civil customers worldwide. This Role Is offered on a Permanent basis.

Working with the Head of Production & Delivery to support new bid packages you will act as bid liaison for Production between all other business functions and customers. You will use your Manufacturing Engineering skill-set to bolster the clients Manufacturing team.


  • Working with Head of Production to support bid activities on additional Programs
  • Producing ROM estimates and detailed costings re: new designs and product design changes
  • Estimating labour sequences and times for bids and change management
  • Working as part of an integrated team with major assembly suppliers during the development and production cycles of new programmes
  • Carrying out Manufacturing Readiness Level Assessments both on the clients supply chain and at system level - training to be provided
  • Working with the Supply Chain supporting Supplier selection initiatives, problem resolution and cost out initiatives
  • Supporting Client Design Engineering in order to ensure that DFM, DFT & DTC principles are implemented within the conceptual and final design phases
  • Generation/governance of Final Acceptance Test documentation ensuring all aspects are compliant with requirement specifications i.e. Vehicle Electronic Testing, Mobility Testing, Turret Testing etc.
  • Assist with the development of an optimised production line using line balancing/buffer sizing and Kanban setting/replenishment strategy
  • Drive LEAN initiatives throughout Manufacturing and Factory Acceptance Testing, with a bias on process improvements utilising Lean tools/principles (ie line balancing/buffer sizing and Kanbans) where appropriate
  • Advise and assist and promote the investigation of new manufacturing technologies
  • Executing an effective Technology Transfer process


Particular Skills Required

  • Proven experience working on full program bids with Manufacturing Assembly and Test processes (Armoured Fighting Vehicle experience preferred)
  • Working experience of welded structures for wheeled/tracked vehicles (armour preferable)
  • Experience of low volume & high value (vehicle or similar) production
  • Knowledge and procurement of tooling and facilitation activities required for manufacturing large high value / low volume products
  • A working understanding of two & three dimensional CAD tools is essential
  • Significant experience/background in a Process/Manufacturing Engineering role
  • Good working knowledge of MRP systems including:
    • MBOM creation and maintenance
    • Change control and change introduction
  • Excellent communications & interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in leading Route Cause Analysis investigations
  • Strong knowledge of Spreadsheets, Word, Databases and PowerPoint
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Prepared to work for appropriate periods at various GDUK & other designated sites (includes overseas)
  • Attention to Detail
  • Technical authorship

Education and Experience

  • The job holder should possess a Degree, HNC or equivalent (vocational experience) in Manufacturing Engineering and or Production testing
  • Proven experience as a Manufacturing Engineer covering Mechanical/Electrical assemblies
  • Have experience working within a bids environment
  • A good knowledge of MRP principles
  • Participation in 'Lean Process' initiatives
  • There should be a strong bias / understanding towards Manufacturing & processing techniques
  • Ability to train staff at all levels

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of one of the most forward thinking companies in the UK and to further develop your skills. If you believe that the prior details are relevant to your recent work experience then please do not hesitate to apply to this advert with your up to date CV.

Alternatively, you can submit your CV to stuart(dot)macdonald(at)modis(dot)co(dot)uk

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