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Technical Manager - Stirling Dynamics


Our Reference: J62607

Job Terms: Salaried

Location: Frenchay Campus, Cold Harbour Lnae,

Salary: Negotiable

Job Category: Aerospace


Founded in 1987, Stirling Dynamics has grown from a handful of expert engineers to a team of 100+ staff. The success of the company is made possible through a customer-focussed, can-do culture. Everything we do is underpinned by our company mission statement: • To deliver innovative technical services and technology solutions into our core markets • To build sustainable, beneficial relationships between suppliers, clients and institutions • To be recognised as an innovator and catalyst of new technologies • To continue to make valuable investments for the future through education, research and development ________________________________________ STRATEGY AND BUSINESS PERFORMANCE Strong financial performance is essential to support investment and growth. Looking forward we aim to achieve the following objectives: • Increased business development and marketing activities to develop new markets • Addition of new engineering capabilities to meet emerging customer needs • Technology refresh for control products and systems • Increased investment in training and professional development schemes ________________________________________ ________________________________________ THE ROLE Stirling Dynamics develops and supplies high-end, specialist, active control inceptors into the Aerospace simulation market. These products span civil, military, rotary and fixed wing training applications. A new Technical Manager role has been created to support the on-going business growth and ever developing product line. The purpose of the Technical Manager role is to take responsibility for the robustness and compliance of the technical activities and outputs (bid, project and overhead) undertaken within the AMS Business Unit relating to Active Control Technology product (ACT). In addition, to ensure the necessary; skills, experience, tools, methods and processes are available to attract, win and deliver high quality, on-time and profitable Active Control Technology product solutions. ________________________________________ KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Hold ultimate accountability for the technical success for all Active Control Technology projects and programmes. 2. Provide technical leadership in development of proposals (documentation, plans, costing) through to order conversion including successful contract negotiations. 3. Technical leadership of assigned projects, and where required, provide hands-on engineering support in order to deliver projects and programmes. 4. Define technical resource requirements for successful project execution. 5. Lead technical reviews. 6. Assess cost/benefit trade-off of technical solution and lead decision making process. 7. Identify areas for technological advancement and maintaining excellent engineering standards. 8. Where tight deadlines exist, work closely with project teams to ensure that engineering standards are maintained. 9. Escalate and manage technical risks and issues. 10. Produce written reports and make presentations. 11. Undertake continuous training and development. 12. Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems. 13. Authorise Engineering Change. 14. Manage and seek to reduce technical Non-conformance. 15. Identify business improvement opportunities within the organisation. 16. Ensure an effective interface with other departmental staff is maintained. 17. Provide technical expertise to the team. 18. Work with the Head of Engineering to identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required. 19. Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department. Financial Budget and Control 1. Support the Head of Engineering in the preparation of the annual engineering budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals. Relationship Management 1. Draw on the wider technical expertise across the organisation to achieve optimal technical performance. 2. Be the senior technical interface with the client as and when required. 3. Develop and maintain client network and relationships with senior level customer counterparts (Chief Engineer level and above). 4. Support the sales and business development teams by adding technical excellence to proposals and presentations. 5. Manage the interface between the customer and engineering and also the internal interfaces between engineering and supply chain/production. 6. Communicate with senior management on technical risks and issues in an appropriate and timely manner. Ensure regular and timely communication between project team members. 7. Work as part of the Management team to share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting and implementing continuous improvement. 8. Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviours expected of them. Capability Planning 1. With support from the Business Unit Manager, continue to develop and maintain the Product Technical Road Map (TRM) that defines the current and projected capability development in-line with business unit forecast and company level strategy. As a minimum, the TRM will identify the following requirements with associate timescales: Skills, Training, Tool, Methods & Processes. 2. Identify and justify those requirements are best supported by; contractors, consultants or via outsourcing. 3. Identification and understanding of relevant capabilities in suppliers and collaborative companies. 4. Assist, from a technical stand point, in defining the future technical direction of new and existing products and services. Methods & Processes 1. Responsible for the continuous improvement (identification, scoping, introduction and on-going maintenance) of all ACT related engineering method and process documentation. 2. Ensure all Stirling policies, systems and processes are being effectively and efficiently implemented. 3. Ensure awareness and adherence to best practice standards, including those issued via the Company’s quality management systems, organisations and statutory bodies. Tools 1. Responsible for the identification, assessment and recommendation (including the business case where necessary) of new ACT related tools that enable or improve delivery of the technical solution. 2. Ensure all existing tools remain fit for purpose. Ensure that tool deficiencies are identified to the applicable Capability Manager or Head of Engineering prior to any impact on the ability to deliver to time, cost and quality. People Management 1. Responsible for the line management of a number of ACT staff (Note: the majority of engineers are deployed from the Capability teams) and act as a line of report (technical) for all engineering staff deployed onto ACT activities paying particular attention to: a. Monitoring of technical staff in order to identify to the relevant Capability Manager where development or training is required. b. Supervise and work with engineers supporting, developing and nurturing talent. Where line management applies, undertake development reviews. c. Working with other senior managers within the company to maximise the efficiency and productivity of deployed staff. d. Responsible for ensuring technical staff take responsibility for timescale and cost performance. ________________________________________ QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS • Educated to degree level (preferably Masters) in a relevant engineering discipline or significant, relevant industry experience. • Fellow or Chartered Member of an industry related Professional Body. • Demonstrable experience of leading an engineering function with a proven track record in; strategic engineering, leadership, delivering effective engineering strategies, policies, processes and systems. • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements. • Exposure to the design and development of electromechanical/embedded systems product would be advantageous. • Knowledge and technical understanding of production processes and associated design techniques. • Ensure that the breadth of experience within the technical capability is appropriate to support the current and future ACT requirements (entry level through to principal engineer). • Identify where knowledge capture needs to occur to ensure key skills and experience remain within the business. • Commercially and financially astute. ________________________________________ PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS • Exceptional leadership and communication skills with the ability to optimise team performance and development . • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to; engage, motivate, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers. • Technical mindset. A practical thinker with sound analytical and problem solving abilities. • Results orientated with ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines. • Open to change, resilient, self-motivated and able to work well under pressure. • Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings. • Is confident, assertive and self-assured. _______________________

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