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Chief Engineer

  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: Competitive salary and benefits per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 9 days ago

  • Sector: Defence Recruitment
  • Function: Engineering
  • Contact: Matthew Heath
  • Contact Email: matthew.heath@jonlee.co.uk
  • Contact Phone: 01384 446187
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Expiry Date: 09 June 2022
  • Job Ref: 61674

Chief Engineer - Bristol

Our client is a fast-growing, advanced engineering company that delivers a range of complex systems, solutions, products and technical services to the civil aerospace, defence and marine markets. With ongoing further growth, we are seeking highly experienced Chief Engineers to provide technical leadership and governance through the bid and complex project delivery phases.

The Chief Engineer provides a 'governance' role where they provide independent review of technical solutions, or, alternatively, may be more actively engaged in the 'technical leadership' of specific, complex projects or bids.

The work will be immensely diverse spanning aerospace, marine and training & simulation. Aerospace covers both civil and military platforms and the scope may include; fixed wing and rotary wing (including eVTOL) aircraft both large and small. Projects span airworthy equipment development, complex modifications through to new aircraft development programmes. Within Marine, the scope includes the development of submarine control system solutions and niche consultancy services. The Training & Simulation entails the design, development and manufacture of a wide range of active and passive bespoke cockpit control solutions delivered to a worldwide customer base.

Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate the successful leadership of multi-disciplined teams and delivery of complex engineering projects/programmes relevant to one or more of the industry areas detailed above. Due to the diversity across the company, we are expecting the need to recruit multiple individuals to cover the applicable sectors.

The role will be highly visible both internally and externally, therefore the ability to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders (customers, regulators, internal teams etc.) is essential. This role will be based in their Bristol offices with occasional travel to clients' sites as required. However, as part of their commitment to flexible working, employees are able to work remotely.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Business Development & Bids

- Support the team (sales & business managers) by providing customer facing technical expertise and 'solutioneering' prior to formal bid activities.

- Be of a mindset to continually look for and identify new opportunities both with new and existing customers.

- During the bid phase, work closely with the business team but be responsible for the formation of the technical response to the customer. Where required, engage the Technical Managers and/or engineering community to support bid activity. The objective is to ensure the technical solution is compelling, robust and complies with the applicable requirements.

Project Delivery & Strategy

- Where bids have been successful and awarded, follow the bid through the project launch phase to ensure a seamless transition from a technical standpoint.

- Provide technical governance and support to projects, as required, to ensure successful delivery (for example: reviewing engineering plans or key deliverables, chairing design reviews, providing independent advice to technical leads etc.).

- On complex projects/programmes, act as the technical lead to ensure the successful delivery (a compliant, high quality, on-time and profitable technical solution).

- Assist in defining the future technical direction of new and existing products and services.

It is expected that candidates can demonstrate the following:

- A qualified engineer with a relevant degree

- Significant industry experience (>15yrs) in a relevant sector(s)

- Demonstrable experience in the formation of technical bids

- Demonstrable experience in the technical leadership and delivery of complex engineering projects

- Currently holds Security Check (SC) clearance or is eligible to obtain

The personal qualities of the jobholder will be key to success in this role. The following characteristics and qualities are identified as essential for the role:

- Able to engage and successfully lead multi-disciplined engineering teams in order to achieve a successful outcome

- A diplomatic and professional approach to dealing with a range of different people

- The confidence/experience to challenge/question and propose solutions

- The ability to manage multiple, complex tasks

- Pragmatic and logical

- Attention to detail and the discipline to self-check results

- The organisation and drive to meet deadlines

- Willingness to embrace change and to implement new processes

If you feel you have skills, experience and approach, please apply directly or contact Matthew Heath (matthew.heath@jonlee.co.uk).

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.