Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer

Basildon (Essex)

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Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?

Leonardo’s Graduate Programme develops promising young graduates into engineers and business professionals of the future.

The opportunity:

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of our technology. With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.

Leonardo in the UK

Today we are at the leading edge of advanced manufacturing. Learn more about the key role we are playing in the development of UK engineering

Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will unlock a wealth of development opportunities and further learning. You will receive mentoring, coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and accreditation from your professional body.

At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge. As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

We have created a programme across our UK sites that value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking. We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

 Job Description

As a Graduate Engineer you will be given the opportunity to work in a challenging and dynamic environment, working as part of a small team of professional Manufacturing Engineers, facilitating the introduction of new products into manufacturing and providing real time support to the manufacturing organisation. Under the Graduate Programme you will be given the opportunity to explore a number of the aspects of the development lifecycle, including requirements analysis and definition, design, implementation, integration, verification, test and through life support. You will receive mentoring and support to achieve your personal goals and be able to take advantage of a wealth of development opportunities and further learning, including the opportunity to achieve accreditation from your professional body.

Key Responsibility Areas

You will actively participate in the 2 year graduate programme, learning the skills required for successful introduction of new products and support of existing products. This includes understanding the key technologies involved and developing practical skills in manufacturing and test process concepts for RF, digital and optical product applications.

Main activities:

  • Early involvement with Engineering & Design Office to ensure products are adequately designed for manufacture.
  • Support the transition of product design data from the Engineering to Manufacturing domain.
  • Plan, develop and implement manufacturing strategies and processes, adopting Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Introduce innovation to manufacturing and test methods in order to achieve improved manufacturing efficiency.
  • To continuously develop personal engineering skills and knowledge to improve capability to contribute to the needs of the Manufacturing Engineering team.
  • As a Graduate Manufacturing Engineer you will be required to interface with all areas of the company and with external suppliers and partners to ensure "right first time" easy to manufacture and test designs, at the lowest credible cost and achieving the right product quality.
  • You will generally report to a Lead Engineer who will provide day to day guidance and training. Most training will be delivered via on the job experience whilst working on projects delivering state of the art systems to our customers. Additional formal technical training to augment the on the job training will be provided via taught courses, dependent upon the business need and also on career direction of the individual.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD. In a related discipline such as Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Experience of Mechanical design, CAD Modelling, electronic component & Printed Circuit Board concepts is desirable. Previous manufacturing related experience and knowledge of six-sigma/lean improvement techniques would be an advantage.
  • Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business, but may need to be to a higher level for this particular role due to the nature of the projects and or programmes that the role will be supporting.
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate personal ownership and responsibility for their work, team working skills and technical excellence.
  • The successful candidate will have a confident outgoing personality with the stature and presence to hold their own in a challenging operational environment.

What’s in it for me?

Leonardo values its people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package.

  • Competitive starting salary & welcome bonus
  • Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility) & 3 performance related pay reviews within the 2 years
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Healthcare
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers, including gym membership
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free parking.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 000941
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 30th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Basildon (Essex)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

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