Graduate Manufacturing Project Lead

Manufacturing, Mechanical, Electrical.

Our 12 month Graduate Programme

Joining the Leonardo Graduate Scheme is the opportunity to be part of the next generation of our business. As a Graduate you will join us on £32,000 with a welcome bonus and could receive a generous Temporary Accommodation Allowance if you move more than 40 miles away from home for the role.

Get to know Leonardo
Working in Leonardo today means developing the most advanced technologies in the strategic sector of Aerospace, Defence and Security, in one of the mayor companies worldwide that makes innovation the main driver of its development.

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. We are 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. We have partnered with Coursera, the world leading online training platform that offers around 4,000 courses you can sign up to, according to your professional and personal interests. Self-directed learning thrives in this environment.

Key responsibilities for the Graduate Manufacturing Project Lead:

To assist management of multiple manufacturing projects and related activities whilst operating as an interface between the manufacturing teams and the rest of the Business ensuring plans are available and resources are in place to successfully deliver and support the product portfolio.

The role will require rigorous planning and execution to ensure on time delivery against demand whilst maintaining or reducing Unit Production Cost without compromising quality of the deliverable products.

The right candidate will champion and facilitate a culture of continuous improvements focusing on improving lead times, increasing throughput and cost reduction activities. The ability to engage and create collaborative relationships across multiple functions including Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement, and Finance as well as with business unit leaders is critical.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting with manufacturing inputs to Bid activities for new business opportunities
  • Adhering to manufacturing budgets through all phases of the project lifecycle
  • Interfacing and relationship management with internal and external customers and stakeholders
  • Planning and scheduling of resources required to successfully deliver and support products
  • Playing a lead role in continuous improvement activities in support of business objectives
  • Understanding the mechanics and factors affecting manufacturing supply and demand
  • Monitoring and review of production trends to provide early warning of risks to delivery and quality
  • Awareness and adherence to Life Cycle Management processes
  • Effective management of available resources to achieve desired outcomes
  • Regular review of expenditure on labour and material to ensure most efficient use of resources
  • Championing and facilitation of a culture of Continuous Improvement
  • Supporting Inventory optimisation throughout the life cycle in accordance with lean manufacturing principles, Line of Business requirements and Site targets
  • Working with support teams to find, analyse and solve production and supply chain problems with corrective actions
  • Managing capacity plans in in line with business area expectations  
  • Working closely with the IPTs, Commercial  & Finance functions for optimal demand & supply management
  • Preparation and presentation of business reports as required by Function, IPT and/or Business area
  • Working constructively with a wide array of functions and fostering strong, productive relationships

Skills and attributes:

  • Must have an affinity for people with a strong desire to share knowledge and collaborations
  • Some knowledge and understanding of manufacturing theory and practice
  • Good oral presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to inspire and motivate individuals and teams
  • Culturally sensitive and emotionally intelligent.
  • Has an ability to effect change and see tasks through to completion

Technical skills 

  • Knowledge and experience of MS Office

Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)
  • Lifestyle:  Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Training: Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera
  • Referral Incentive: You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member

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 which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

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Job ID Number: R0003842
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  • Deadline
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    £32,000 + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:1 and above
  • Location
    Luton (Bedfordshire) (Hybrid)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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