Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Date: 12 Feb 2024

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


Job title:         Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Location:        Ashford, Kent 
Company:      QinetiQ Target Systems
Package:        Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:          SF16147


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager at our QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) in Ashford site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems including the world leading Banshee target. The effectiveness of military operations at the front line is based on the Armed Services having the right equipment and having effectively trained against realistic threats. To achieve this, military equipment needs to be rigorously tested and integrated with the war fighter, and comprehensive training conducted prior to entering the theatre of operations.

QTS is a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and operation of advanced target systems for live-fire training exercises and weapons test and evaluation. 

The role:
As a Manufacturing Engineering Manager, reporting to the Director of Operations, you'll have a role out of the ordinary. You will build upon the experience you bring to the role, instilling best practice in manufacturing engineering activities.You'll drive development and refinement of production systems, process and tooling resulting in reduced lead times, Cost of Goods (COGs) and increasing productivity.


Day-to-day you'll:

  • Establish systems for the identification and quantification of sources of waste throughout the production activities on site, running a portfolio of improvement projects to minimise
  • Provide balance to the production process flow by ensuring effective batch size and Takt Time information is maintained on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system
  • Bring direction and training to the broader operations and site team on waste identification and reduction, Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques and productivity improvement, using influence and data to resolve complex multifaceted challenges
  • Optimisation of production layout, providing an identifiable product flow, flexibility to support a portfolio of products and minimisation of transportation, waiting and movement wastes
  • Continuous improvement in Work in Progress (WIP) and Final Test yield, implementing Poka-Yoke solutions
  • Conduct pFMEA for manufacturing processes, ensuring suitable controls in place to mitigate


This role is full time at based at our Ashford site. There is a requirement for occasional travel to suppliers and other sites within the organisation.

Essential experience of the Manufacturing Engineering Manager:

  • Working knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015)
  • Successfully run Lean Six Sigma projects (ideally Black Belt)
  • Demonstrable project experience for production area design and layout.
  • Project Managing cross functional teams.
  • Strong analytical skills and financially numerate


The following experience would be desirable:

  • Complimentary experience in a production management or production engineering role
  • CAD package experience
  • Solid understanding of ERP systems


Qualifications for the Manufacturing Engineering Manager:

  • Educated or have equivalent experience in mechanical, electrical or production engineering and significant manufacturing engineering experience within the electronics, aviation or defence sectors.


For further information on QinetiQ Target Systems please visit:

QinetiQ Target Systems - Design, Development and Manufacturing

QinetiQ Target Systems - Test and be assured - YouTube

QinetiQ Rattler Missile Target - YouTube


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum.
UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (


Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community


Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Why Join QinetiQ?
As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.
You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture. 


About QinetiQ
As a company of thousands of dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.


Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants who already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.