Manufacturing and Production

The reputation for quality products is a key component of UK industry.

KDC Resource aims to maintain this well-deserved perception by matching the best manufacturing and production staff with the cream of UK business.

Live Manufacturing and Production Jobs

  • Supplier Quality Engineer

    Are you a Supplier Quality Engineer looking for a progressive role in a within a purchasing team that focuses on NPI, supplier performance and development? The primary responsibility is to help in pro-actively engaging the Purchasing function & supply base in the New Product Introduction (NPI) process.
    Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
    -Drive proactive project management through each project phase, to deliver a seamless series production launch.

    -Assist with ensuring active global Purchasing participation throughout the design process / stages of NPI (Strategy Phase, Concept Phase, Development Phase, Pilot Phase, and Production Phase).

    -Specific attention to be given to program monitoring and preparing material for reporting on group performance at regular intervals, dictated by project gateways and updates to KPI's at regular review points.

    -Control extends upstream to ensure material is ordered to support PD builds in a timely manner, through to governance to ensure supplier PPAP submission performance is in line with plan
    -Ongoing role development will be with the Fabrications Supplier Development Engineer, where the primary responsibility of the incumbent is to help with development of new and existing suppliers worldwide, in terms of Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM).

    -Provide leadership in resolution of quality problems associated with purchased materials from CPI through to warranty cost recovery related to supplier quality.

    -Leadership in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activity, engaging Engineering personnel to achieve cost effective, manufacturable designs, resulting in robust Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) completion.

    -Leadership: - This position has no direct reports. The incumbent must exhibit strong leadership qualities to ensure that team members and suppliers agree to and deliver against commitments in a timely manner. In addition, the incumbent will be required to represent the Purchasing team in both internal and external review meetings.

    Skills, experience & qualifications you will have;
    -Degree in Engineering / Manufacturing or equivalent extensive experience
    -Excellent computer skills i.e. data analysis (Excel) and presentation (PowerPoint) necessary
    -Ability to communicate at all levels and the ability to listen to others, along with the ability to work on own initiative is important to the job.
    -Solid ability to use and demonstrate statistical and problem-solving tools is required. Skills, experience & qualifications you may have;
    -Engineering or manufacturing background plus familiarity with manufacturing processes used to produce components and assemblies for Caterpillar Products is desirable.
    -Previous experience / understanding of New Product Introduction (NPI) processes including Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) & Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
    -Knowledge of manufacturing processes and purchasing systems

    If the position sounds of interest, please send your CV's through and call Eugene on 01202 596366.

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    Competitive Salary Offered
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  • Electro/Mechanical Build Inspector

    KDC Resource are working with a leading organisation in the Space and Defence Industry who are seeking an Electro/Mechanical Build Inspector to join their team in Stevenage!

    20% shift uplift

    Mars Rover Bio Cleanroom

    Main Duties & Responsibilities
    ·Electro/Mechanical Build Inspector to working in a class 7 Bio Cleanroom on a shift Patten of 4 days on 4 days off rotating early and lates shifts
    ·The Build Inspector will oversee all Quality activities within the Bio cleanroom, responsible for the verification of flight hardware to Drawing in line with Work Instruction, Processes and Procedures. This will includes the raising and control of Non-conformance reports against complaints..
    ·The Build inspector predominantly will cover assembly build verification using Hand measuring tooling IAW Drg they will also need to cover Resistance measurement using DMM
    ·Bioburden training for this area will be given

    ·Able to understand electro and Mechanical drawings
    ·Competent in the use of Hand Measurement tooling
    ·Able to use read and understand resistant measurements using DMM.
    ·Working a 4 on 4 off double day shift
    ·Cover Patrol audits of Works Instructions, ACS and assembly technicians' activities
    ·Willing to work overseas with the project if required

    ·Recognised time served in the aero-space industry or equivalent
    ·Working in a Bio class 7 Cleanroom.
    ·ESA certificated soldering knowledge.
    ·Willing to travel abroad for long duration

    Ideal Person Specification
    •Able to work in a team.
    •Confident enough to challenge technicians.
    •Able to suggest improvements in everyday ways of working.

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    £21 per hour
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  • Packaging Engineer

    Are you a Packaging Engineer that can design and develop returnable and expendable packaging for individual piece parts and bulk shipping to ensure the timely and efficient receipt and delivery of material?
    Are you able to design to include safety, part protection and containment, optimisation of transportation whist considering other supply chain functions that delivers the lowest Total Landed Costs?

    I am working with a company based in Leicester with another site in Staffordshire that require a Packaging Engineer across both sites, as well as some travel within EMEA.
    Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
    -Create packaging concepts using 3D modelling software (i.e. Pro-E).
    -Perform cost analysis on current packaging processes and recommend changes where appropriate.
    -Perform activities to ensure parts are protected, shipped, and delivered to the customer fit for use.
    -Design packaging for transport efficiency.
    -Validate new packaging during pilot phase.
    -Design bespoke packaging with indirect packaging suppliers and obtain best quotation, considering safety, quality, technical ability and supplier performance.
    -Coordinate with operations related to receiving, warehousing, and/or line side delivery and ergonomic consideration.

    Skills, experience & qualifications you will have;
    -Proven track record in coordinating and designing packaging solutions.
    -Experience with Creo, Pro E or CAD drawing.
    -Clear understanding of Supply Chain Logistics & Manufacturing technical points.
    -Returnable packaging implementation and management.
    -Market knowledge of packaging vendors, bespoke and expendable packaging materials.
    -Strong analytical problem-solving skills, deploy creative original solutions to complex problems.
    -Interpersonal, teamwork, organisation and communication skills.
    -Knowledge of material handling equipment.
    Skills, experience & qualifications you may have;
    -Bachelor of Science Degree (i.e. Packaging, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering).
    -Project management experience.
    -Transportation experience.

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    £35000 - £42000 per annum
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  • Innovative Alias Designer

    Are you interested in working within a Technology Company who are developing some of the most advanced robotics and autonomous systems to date?

    KDC are currently working with a company that are offering you the chance to work on some of the most advanced technology and software whilst working alongside some of the most skilled engineers within the industry.

    This Technology Company are also offering you the opportunity to have exposure as an engineer and really have a thumbprint on the future of transport by transforming the way in which vehicles are designed, manufactured and experienced. You will be involved in conceptual design, rapid prototyping and taking products through the full life-cycle.

    This company are looking for the best engineers from around the world and are offering a salary and package to reflect this.

    Desirable skills:
    • Minimum 4 years of Alias Design experience
    • Experience providing conceptual designs
    • Rapid prototyping

    If you are interested in finding out more then please get in contact through the methods shown!

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  • Commodity Manager

    KDC Resource are working with a leading organisation in the Defence and Space Industry who are seeking a Commodity Manager to join their site in Portsmouth.

    This business unit is a transnational organization with substantial footprints in all four founding countries and beyond; they are highly operational and directly impact the full spectrum of Defence and Space programmes including influence on nearly 80% of Airbus revenues; with an external reach of more than 10,000 active suppliers.

    Employing over 1200 professionals worldwide, Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics offers opportunities to expand on experiences and grow. Professionals across project supply, commodity management, contracts expertise, supply chain operations or logistics management, the procurement team uses collective intelligence and maximizes synergies to continuously improve and deliver results.

    The role

    This vacancy is for a Commodity Manager within strategic procurement.
    As a Commodity Manager, you are a vital part in the procurement and supply chain community. You are in charge of securing supplier lines, to deliver value for money and to develop structured relationships with key suppliers. The main responsibility is to develop and execute a strategy for your commodity which includes supplier evaluation, supplier financial analysis, risk management, make or buy analyses, negotiations and long-term contract establishment with suppliers. You will develop a solid working knowledge of certain commodity trends including: cost drivers, global pricing, market and industry trends and material lead times to maintain availability of cost-effective supplies of materials, equipment and services.
    Commodity management requires a strategic and robust plan to ensure that both value and risk is managed correctly, and innovation is encouraged. The role of a commodity manager is very complex and it has to be undertaken by someone who is capable of understanding markets, the supply chain and how the business works. You will work with Multifunctional Teams - MFT (with members from different functions like e.g. Engineering, Finance, PMO, Quality etc.) to secure the successful management of your Commodity.
    Your commodity will be Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services procurement. You will work with established worldwide operating providers such as Iberia, Sabena Technics, FlyBe, Air Nostrum and as well with local champions that need to be industrially developed. You will not only work with Airbus' own a/c portfolio (A400M, MRTT, C295 etc.) but also with a/c from other manufacturers.
    With your work, you will contribute to the expansion of our successful military a/c fleet and related services, which is a vital part of Airbus Defence and Space growth strategy.

    Tasks and Responsibilities

    ·Establish, implement & monitor a Commodity strategy for your perimeter
    ·Manage supplier relationships
    ·Lead the (Sub-) Commodity Multi-Functional Team
    ·Lead the bid, tender and supplier selection process
    ·Lead and contribute to Procurement/ Value Creation projects & initiatives that aim at delivering synergies and savings
    ·Lead negotiations with supplier to assure program expectations are meet
    ·Set-up and negotiate contractual agreements with suppliers
    ·Lead Supplier Evaluation Development (SED) and Vendor Management, and define action plans to develop strategic suppliers


    •Degree in Engineering, Business Management or equivalent
    •Proven experience in activities which have allowed you to acquire sound skills and knowledge of:
    ØProject Management
    •Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to persuade, influence and convince
    •Experience of working in a matrix environment with proven record of successful stakeholder management
    •Able to anticipate, assess and mitigate risks
    •Excellent skills in relationship building, team building, empowering, motivating others and conflict management
    •Negotiation level of English
    •Knowledge of SAP would be an asset

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    £35 per hour
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