Principal Industrial Engineer

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United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh

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The Opportunity

At Leonardo we have an opportunity for a Principal Industrial Engineer to join our team. Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK.


The Radar and Advanced Targeting line of business, based in Edinburgh, is uniquely positioned as one of the world’s top manufacturers of radars, lasers and infrared countermeasure systems.


As a Principal Industrial Engineer you will have the opportunity to build cross-functional relationships and be a positive influence within the IPT to support the future of the business and impact the production process.


What we can offer you:

  • Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part-time options
  • Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employees has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals
  • Training: Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
  • Continuous learning: You will be supported in your ongoing professional development through training and mentoring
  • Investors in People: We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award
  • Employee Assistance Programme: Providing free and confidential mental health support
  • Annual leave: We offer 25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays and 12 flex days


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What you will do

As a Principal Industrial Engineer you will have the opportunity to pro-actively engage in activities such as:

  • Own technical aspects of products related to production
    • Line support
    • Performance analysis and improvement
    • Ability to resolve significant % of product issues on shop floor
  • Responsible for line design / layout, tooling, capacity analysis, modelling/simulation
  • Responsible for process equipment and establishing and maintaining process capability
  • Support to MRBs, FRBs, failure investigations
  • Router adherence and maintenance, planning updates
  • Plan, organise and communicate the team’s workload (over a short term period) to ensure adherence to internal customer’s time, cost and quality requirements
  • Participating in continuous improvement activities to develop skills and competencies within Industrial Engineering and wider IPT
  • Take an active role and/or lead role, in implementing continuous improvement activities/ changes, across area of responsibility, to ensure efficiency can be optimised on the wider Business.
  • Providing design, and maintenance of processes, to ensure successful delivery / transfer to production.
  • Promoting a culture of best practice sharing and knowledge exploitation and ensure manufacturing process is best practice
  • Design manufacturing solutions taking into account all requirements such as product quality, safety, reliability and testability
  • Undertake IPT project tasks covered by a statement of work, detailing input, processes and output together with cost/timescale constraints to ensure delivery of project objectives


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What we are looking for

  • HND or above in an engineering related discipline
  • Good understanding of manufacturing processes and principles
  • People management and leadership skills; including effective performance and change management skills.
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with others using data and analysis to support line of reasoning.
  • A detailed understanding of the operational framework and business processes
  • An understanding of cross functional/commercial business processes and their own impact
  • Ability to take ownership of a work package; planning and scheduling own workload and the work of others
  • Operational understanding of project work and how the work of the team impacts upon other project activities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of multiple phases of the Product Life Cycle and the associated discipline processes
  • Experience of peer reviewing the work of others inside a small IPT and within a sub Engineering Unit and ensuring the resulting actions are implemented
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the risk/reward process associated with engineering activity informing the activities of a small IPT and own sub-engineering unit.
  • Ability to communicate concepts in a non-technical way
  • Confidence and ability to challenge/respond to technical/process issues
  • Ability to interact effectively with customers and suppliers
  • Been involved in capability and/or process development, demonstrating an ability to implement a change to working practices


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