Production Manager - Aerospace Aspect Resources
Published: 27th April 2018
Job Type
Simon Nash
£330 - £360 Per Day


Production Manager
IR35 Scope: In Scope
CV Submission Deadline: Monday 30th April 2018 @ 13:00
The Maximum Pay Rate £360 Umbrella
Location: South East:Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxford
Travel: No
Contract Length: 2 year contract, ASAP Start
Category: Engineering
Clearance Level Required: BPSS (DS) - Baseline Personnel Security Standard (with a Disclosure Scotland)

The Client:

The STFC RAL Space Department Millimetre-wave Technology Group (MMTG) is a dynamic, multidisciplinary and world-leading technical team that undertakes a broad remit of project work associated with the development of millimetre and submillimetre-wave (terahertz frequency) devices and instrumentation used in ground-based, airborne and spaceborne remote sounding.

In a major expansion of its already broad portfolio of work, the MMTG is pursuing a very substantial technical development and supply activity in support of the MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG) series of Earth observation satellites. MetOp-SG will deliver complex multi-wavelength instrument payloads into low Earth orbit via a series of repeat satellite deployments to be initiated in 2021.

Each satellite will monitor the Earth’s climate and weather within a range of well-defined wavelengths and a sequenced launch approach will ensure operational continuity of European meteorological forecasting through to 2050.

In support of the above, the MMTG is leading a European consortium tasked with providing sensitive, space-compliant and state-of-the-art millimetre-wave receiver front-ends that form the critical MetOp-SG Microwave Sounder (MWS), Microwave Imager (MWI) and Ice Cloud Imager (ICI) sub-payloads.

To support our programme of work we are seeking an experienced and competent Production Manager who will work with the technical project team to ensure that our component and system supply meets the stringent delivery schedule and exacting performance requirements of the programme.

A suitable candidate will be expected to be able to demonstrate a career profile that includes demonstrated areas of expertise gained through work within the micro-electronics industry, preferably including work in the aerospace sector.

The candidate will be expected to work with the project management team and the technical team including assembly and production engineering staff.

He/she will also be expected to report to project technical and administrative management as required and to make judgement calls regarding prioritisation. Thus, an attention to detail and high level of communication and documentation skills are required for this role, which is pivotal in ensuring the delivery of state-of-the-art technology to project related RAL Space customers and a fleet of future Earth observing satellites.


  • To lead and manage the resources to deliver engineering outputs to enhance capability and reputation; and to maintain standards and improve the quality of it's products, services and advice to customers.
  • To lead and influence the development of work plans, including identification of improvements to systems, capabilities and/or process.
  • To use existing and emerging engineering practice to lead the delivery of the work plans, which improve systems and products and provide advice and services for the benefit of customers.
  • To lead and manage the generation and presentation of documentation and reports internally and externally in order to meet the needs of the customer, including; maintaining capability, integrity, standards; and/or communicating advice and knowledge and/or promoting reputation.
  • To lead and provide engineering advice to other team members to improve the effectiveness and to manage resources of the team.
  • To carry out continuing professional development in line with current and future needs.

The main activities that the successful candidate will be expected to perform are as follows:

• Plan and track production activities including mechanical manufacturing, assembly of RF modules including waveguide and PCB modules, RF testing at module and receiver-level, qualification testing at external test houses (e.g. EMC & ESD), and Lot Acceptance Testing

• Inform the Project Manager of resource conflicts or over-allocations, to the person/machine/day level, and identify impact and possible mitigation strategies, to include additional resource if required

• Plan required equipment maintenance to minimise schedule impact

• Schedule test activities with external test providers (EMC, ESD, mechanical)

• Daily planning, using detailed resource allocation plans in e.g. MS Project or other
appropriate tool, of in-house production activities to make optimal use of available resource
• Adapt daily production priorities in response to Project Management requirements

• Provide accurate production schedule milestone information to the Project Scheduler Any other Relevant Information

The post holder may be expected to undertake occasional national and international travel to customer and partner locations within the UK and Europe in support of related project meetings.


  • Two or more years experience in a Production Management role, planning the work of small manufacturing teams (less than 15 people) at the person/machine/day level
  • Experience in use of appropriate software tools, e.g. Microsoft Project, to plan and manage production activities and resources at the person/machine/day level Desirable
  • Experience / knowledge of electronics / RF equipment production processes
  • Experience / knowledge of mechanical manufacturing processes
  • Experience of working in a space / aerospace production environment
  • Experience of working in a clean room
  • Experience of planning external production testing e.g. EMC, ESD, environmental.

• HND-level qualification or equivalent in a management or science/engineering discipline
• Good attention to detail
• Good organisational abilities
• Fluent English spoken and written
• Ability to communicate at all levels
• Comfortable in a customer-facing role

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