Graduate Opportunity

Graduate - Manufacturing Project Leader

Open to all STEM.

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The Opportunity

Programme Description

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

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 a continually expanding company, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of 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.

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Your story starts here!

Leonardo’s Graduate Development Programme offers you a permanent position to develop your knowledge and skills in our innovative and practical environment.  In addition to working with our highly skilled engineers and business professionals, you will complete a 2 year formal training programme to develop the skills you require to be a leading technical or business professional of the future.

Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will be provided with a wealth of development opportunities in both virtual and applied working environments.  On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work, and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts. Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals. 

You will gain a wide array of experience in your day to day role, however as part of the programme you will also complete a number of development modules and activities over a two year period. These modules and activities are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to realise your full potential. Leonardo is committed to developing our graduates into leading technical or business professionals, and as such we will also support you through your preferred route for chartership. 

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and this is no different for our graduates completing our Graduate Development Programme. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our graduate roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges. If you are willing able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!  

What you will do

How this role fits in

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Operations at Leonardo in Edinburgh for a Manufacturing Project Leader to join the team. In the role you will co-ordinate and manage planning of all manufacturing activities and resources to deliver the product to schedule, quality and cost.

The role on offer is within the Advance Targeting Business covering both Laser and Electro Optic Products. These products are at various stages in the Product Lifecycle ranging from Development, New Product Introduction Activities, Full Rate Series Production and Product Support including Repairs / Spares.

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Manage and plan all Manufacturing activities and resources required to successfully deliver and support product(s)
  • Management of agreed Manufacturing budgets and risk provisions through all phases of the project
  • Achievement of deliveries to schedule, quality and cost
  • Leadership of Manufacturing input to Bid activities for new business opportunities.
  • Manufacturing input to LCM process.
  • PRR process and management of all subsequent action closures
  • Implementation of optimised manufacturing and test 
  • Provide leadership as necessary to optimise overall process effectiveness
  • Leadership of continuous improvement in support of business objectives

What we are looking for


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.”


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 all cases the subject should be engineering, mathematics, physics or another relevant STEM discipline.

  • Highly effective interpersonal skills; excellent communicator, strong written,  verbal and presentation skills
  • Stakeholder management including influencing and negotiation skills
  • High level of drive and commitment – results driven
  • Leadership and performance management including coaching & mentoring
  • Numerate and analytical skills
  • Relevant company systems & process knowledge including SAP/MRP/MII/PDM/LCM/SCOR/ARIS/BMS would be
  • advantageous
  • Understanding of company cost systems & performance measures.
  • Project & risk management
  • Product / Drawing set configuration and control
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing & continuous improvement techniques
  • Good all-round computer literacy, including all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Awareness of SHE legislation, company requirements and  procedures

How will we support you?

We want to support you and encourage you to fulfil your potential through:

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Accelerated graduate performance reviews
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free on-site parking

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Job ID Number: 002835
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