Careers

 

 

At Airborne Systems, we preserve the internationally established brand names of Irvin & GQ Parachutes and maintain the proud traditions of these predecessors in continuing to supply products of quality and reliability for nearly 100 years.

 

Want to be a part of our team?

 

We currently have the following vacancies

However, if the vacancy does not match your skills and experience we are always keen to meet energetic and talented professionals who would like to join our team.

If you wish to be considered for any future positions, please send your CV and covering letter to Wendy Walker

Delivery Manager [Ref. AS0000-027]
Residing within the Engineering Function, the Delivery Manager will report directly to the Technical Delivery Manager The Delivery Manager is customer facing, an effective communicator and able to interact successfully and professionally with stakeholders at all levels across the business and externally. The Delivery Manager shall be responsible for planning, organising, motivating, and controlling resources to ensure contractual delivery requirements are met to quality, cost, scope and time constraints and to our customers satisfaction.
Role: Delivery Manager
Reports to: Technical Delivery Manager
Location: Bridgend
Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 19th April 2018, 5.00pm

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Wendy.Walker@airbornesystems.co.uk or click on ‘Apply Now’.

 

OVERVIEW OF ROLE

Residing within the Engineering Function, the Delivery Manager will report directly to the Technical Delivery Manager

The Delivery Manager is customer facing, an effective communicator and able to interact successfully and professionally with stakeholders at all levels across the business and externally.2018 04 05 EW Delivery Manager

The Delivery Manager shall be responsible for planning, organising, motivating, and controlling resources to ensure contractual delivery requirements are met to quality, cost, scope and time constraints and to our customers satisfaction. The Delivery Manager will primarily be responsible for delivery of production biased contracts. However, they may be required to manage different types of contracts and in the context of this organisation a contract may be include but not be limited to: supply of existing product, new product design and development, provision of consultancy services and/or through life support or decommissioning services.

The Delivery Manager must be able to operate autonomously and prioritise their workload appropriately.

Operating at a functional level the Delivery Manager will develop a way of working that can apply across all Business Units. Particularly planning, tracking and reporting.
Whilst the majority of the Delivery Managers role will be focused on the delivery of contractual commitments, the role will also require the Delivery Manager to take an active role in bid preparation to ensure what is being bid can be delivered.

As a manager, they will understand and execute their role in implementing the value drives of Value Pricing, Profitable New Business and Productivity. Underpinned by long-term relationships with customers and on time delivery of our highly engineered proprietary quality products.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Role Specific

  • Promote and deliver the implementation of Project Management disciplines across the company
  • Manage stakeholder expectations (Internal and External)
  • Deliver contracts on time, cost, quality and scope
  • Report timely and accurate information pertinent to progress, risks, issues, financial performance and quality
  • Manage, develop and mentor team members by educating them on the benefits of project and programme management
  • Resolve local issues within the delivery teams without the need for escalation
  • Effectively use baselines and Change Control within each contract
  • Operate to our published BMS and actively evaluate its effectiveness making recommendation for continuous improvement where appropriate.
  • Encourage and promote effective integration with other departments
  • Lead, mentor, develop and manage delivery team personnel
  • Delivering allocated contract to time, cost, quality, scope and the satisfaction of our customers.

Role Generic

  • Co-ordinate the implementation of change driven out of continuous improvement programmes.
  • Provide presentations to customers and internal department representatives.
  • Provide input and support to Sales and Marketing throughout the bid process
  • Support the development of profitable new business.
  • Continuously look for ways to create value and improve efficiency & productivity.

 

Intrinsic Skills Required

  • Strong continuous improvement ethos and desire to learn
  • Results orientated, natural problem solver
  • Highly organised with good time management skills
  • Able to make progress by making reasonable assumptions where information and resources are limited
  • High levels of business ethics and integrity
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and numerical attention to detail

required qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent experience gained within a Project Management discipline or similar

Preferred Experience/ Skills

  • Typically 10+ years’ Delivery Management experience in a related defence / technology company with sound technical understanding.
  • Qualified to a recognised British or American Project Management Standard (e.g PRINCE2, PMI, APM)
  • Demonstrable technical, management, commercial and financial capability underpinned by a degree or equivalent in a business or engineering discipline.
  • Holder of a Post Graduate Management Qualification.
  • Demonstrable practical skills and IT literate
  • Experienced with the successful generation and implementation of Project Management practices across functions and multi-disciplined teams.
  • Experienced in delivering obligations within commercial and legislative constraints and with UK MoD Contracts.
  • Understanding of Defence and Aerospace Quality Standards incl ISO 9001 QA procedures and requirements.
  • A strong leader of teams with the managerial, commercial and financial competencies
  • An effective decision maker that exercises professional judgement and takes personal responsibility for the direction of projects and teams
  • Adaptable and biased to action, will inspire others, be solution focused and know how to get the best from the team
  • Proactive in the identification and capture of new business in conjunction with Sales and Marketing, delivering contracted tasks/projects, driving IR&D and providing support to operations, sales and QA as required
  • Comfortable working under pressure and with conflicting priorities, analytical approach to problem solving and able to remain objective, acting with integrity and honesty at all times
  • Personally responsible for own continuing professional development

 

Physical Considerations

  • Valid Passport
  • UK Driving Licence
  • Hold or be able to hold SC clearance.

 

 

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Production Operator (x2 Vacancies) Fixed Term Contract (6 Months) [Ref. AS0000-026]
Reporting to the EW Operations Manager through a Section Leader, the EW Production Operator will be required to undertake a series of tasks as detailed below to achieve production requirements in the EW Division.

 

Role: Production Operator
Reports to: EW Operations Manager
Department: EW
Location: Bridgend
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 6th April 2018, 5.00pm

 

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Wendy.Walker@airbornesystems.co.uk or click on ‘Apply Now’

 

Overview of Role:

Reporting to the EW Operations Manager through a Section Leader, the EW Production Operator will be required to undertake a series of tasks as detailed below to achieve production requirements in the EW Division.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To undertake manufacturing tasks assigned by the Section Leader or EW Operations Manager
  • Achievement of efficiency targets
  • To record relevant information to ensure lot traceability
  • Correct booking of daily timesheets
  • Keep all working areas clean/tidy and organised
  • Manage work flow to ensure minimum downtime is achieved on all jobs
  • To adhere to set quality standards
  • To adhere to health and safety policies and procedures
  • To ensure minimum downtime is achieved on specified tasks
  • To represent the Company in the support of various trial activities if required

 

Intrinsic Skills Required

  • Production related experience gained within a Textile related industry
  • Good level of manual dexterity with ability to use industrial machinery to their full extent
  • A sound manufacturing background and the ability to read drawings and understand written manufacturing instructions
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team, demonstrating strong interpersonal and good communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to work to high quality standards unsupervised
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Keep all work areas clean, tidy and organised incorporating 5s working standards

 

Required Qualifications :

  • GSCE (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • NVQ Level 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations (PMO) or equivalent

Preferred Experience/ Skills :

General

  • Previous manufacturing experience (minimum 2 years) within a Textile Industry
  • Basic understanding of computers
  • Strict observation of safety rules and regulations in operating machinery and working within the various environments with the EW Division
  • The strict use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times, to include as a minimum, appropriate steel toe capped footwear, suitable eye and ear protection and suitable head protection

Sewing

  • Previous experience in the use of a least one of the following sewing machines; single needle, twin needle, zig-zag, 4 needle, automatic, Adler, overlocker
  • Setting up of machines, threading and cleaning, understanding of stitch requirements for different threads, tensions and ability to change a needle.
  • Previous experience gained as an industrial machinist (minimum 2 years), with an understanding of the importance of achieving quality standards and efficiency targets.
  • Assembly of components parts

 

Cutting

  • To undertake cutting of coated and non-coated fabrics using a CNC cutting machine or by hand using jigs / templates
  • Experienced and confident working with templates, jigs and tapes
  • Able to use a variety of cutting tools and measuring devices
  • Compliance with the Health and Safety requirements specific to cutting related tasks
    RF Welding
  • To undertake RF and heat welding of coated nylon fabric and the sewing of coated and non-coated fabrics
  • Ability to set up and use a RF Welding machine to join pieces of fabric together
  • Ability to understand the RF Welding process to know whether a good or bad weld has been produced
  • Ability to adjust the RF Welding Machine to produce a good weld
  • Good manual dexterity to set up complex shapes for RF welding
    Packing
  • To undertake work on the shop floor including the assembly of various fabric and mechanical items in accordance with Drawings/Assembly Instructions.
  • To be able to pack items in accordance with Drawings/Assembly Instructions
  • Undertake miscellaneous tasks as directed by the Section Leader/EW Operations Manager
  • Ability to use a stud press for punching washers and eyelets
  • Ability to use a pneumatic press for the swaging of various items

RF Welding

  • To undertake RF and heat welding of coated nylon fabric and the sewing of coated and non-coated fabrics
  • Ability to set up and use a RF Welding machine to join pieces of fabric together
  • Ability to understand the RF Welding process to know whether a good or bad weld has been produced
  • Ability to adjust the RF Welding Machine to produce a good weld
  • Good manual dexterity to set up complex shapes for RF welding
    Packing
  • To undertake work on the shop floor including the assembly of various fabric and mechanical items in accordance with Drawings/Assembly Instructions.
  • To be able to pack items in accordance with Drawings/Assembly Instructions
  • Undertake miscellaneous tasks as directed by the Section Leader/EW Operations Manager
  • Ability to use a stud press for punching washers and eyelets
  • Ability to use a pneumatic press for the swaging of various items

Personality Profile

  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good general communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Drive and energy

Physical Considerations

  • Good manual dexterity
  • Capable of Lifting up to 15 kgs as an individual and 30 kgs with additional support
  • Ability to spend all day standing
  • Ability to work in confined spaces

Salary Range

  • £9.41 per hour

Contact us for more information :

Email: Wendy.Walker@airbornesystems.co.uk

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Project Engineer (x2 vacancies) [Ref. AS0000-025]
Project Engineers develop and apply today's technology, managing and maintaining the application of current and developing engineering practices. With their detailed knowledge and understanding of current engineering technologies, they possess the skills and know-how to make things happen and play a key role in the successful delivery of projects.
Role: Project Engineer
Reports to: Engineering Manager
Department: Engineering
Location: Llangeinor, Bridgend
Closing Date for Applications: TBC

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Wendy.Walker@airbornesystems.co.uk or click on ‘Apply Now’.

 

OVERVIEW OF ROLE

Project Engineers develop and apply today’s technology, managing and maintaining the application of current and developing engineering practices. With their detailed knowledge and understanding of current engineering technologies, they possess the skills and know-how to make things happen and play a key role in the successful delivery of projects. They have a detailed understanding of their recognised field of expertise and exercise independent judgment and management in the delivery of the allocated tasks across the full project lifecycle.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

To deliver tasks allocated by Engineering Managers and Senior Engineers to the required time, cost, quality and scope:
Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Innovative design of novel solutions
  • Verification, validation (including conduct of trials)
  • Preparation of design documentation
  • Changes to drawings, material and constructional specifications
  • Providing support for the completion of BIDS
  • To actively and positively contribute to the design and development of new products / services
  • To support other departments in the successful delivery of existing products / services.
  • To manage own workload and the expectations of line manager, peers, internal and external stakeholders
  • To comply with company policies and procedures
  • To operate with integrity and be professional at all times, recognising their obligations to meet regulatory requirements (particularly safety within design)
  • To proactively support continuous change programmes, identify and recommend process / operational improvements

 

INTRINSIC SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Have a detailed understanding of their recognised field of expertise and exercise independent judgement and management in the delivery of the allocated tasks across the full project lifecycle.
  • Produce high quality documentation in accordance with company processes and procedures. Suggesting continuous improvement where appropriate.
  • Understand how to tailor the work required to achieve a task within the constraints of company and customer requirements. Know how to deliver work efficiently in a controlled and structured way.
  • Proactive in the design and development of new/modified products and services.
  • Personally responsible for own continuing professional development; strives to strengthen skill base and extend personal capability.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Engineering Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent; or Work-based technical knowledge and understanding, assessed as equivalent to the Formal Qualification.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/ SKILLS

  • Results orientated, natural problem solver
  • Logical and analytical skills underpinning evidence based decision making
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Good general communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Well organised with good time management skills
  • Honest, reliable, patient and flexible team player
  • Innovative
  • Practical with a hands-on approach when required
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Applications
  • Full UK Driving Licence

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Email: Wendy.Walker@airbornesystems.co.uk

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