Manufacturing Project Manager - Electronic Systems

Last updated one month ago
Job Type:Full Time

  • Apply your talent where it counts
  • Manufacturing Leadership opportunity on a Defence program of national significance
  • Enjoy flexibility and interesting work within our strong team culture

Apply your talent where it counts as a Manufacturing Project Manager – Electronic Systems in our team in Edinburgh Parks, Adelaide.

Despite COVID-19, we have a strong pipeline of job opportunities and we are still hiring. We're continuing to provide the Australian Defence Force with what they need to help protect the nation. Many of our people are now safely working from home. Of course some roles can't be done from home and in those cases, we're operating with an increased focus on health and safety on-site. We're finding new ways of working in response to COVID-19 and our workforce is still delivering the best capability for Australia.

About the Project
The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) has been a part of Australian defence landscape for many decades and comprises three Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) systems to provide surveillance coverage of our northern border. BAE Systems has been awarded the contract to manage the upgrade of this 100 percent Australian solution that is strategically important to Australia's security.
Joining to build this complex state-of-the-art Australian capability will provide you with an exciting and unique opportunity to grow with some of Australia's finest defence professionals in an iconic defence environment.

About the Opportunity
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a committed Manufacturing Project Manager – Electronic Systems to provide leadership on the JORN program. This key leadership position will be offered on a permanent and full time basis. The value of the production budget is approximately $40-50M.

The Manufacturing Project Manager – Electronic Systems is responsible for the design for manufacture inputs into the design and principally for the production planning, subcontract management and delivery of the hardware products that will be installed across the JORN sites. This opportunity will suit a strategically minded manufacturing professional with leadership abilities and experience across the entire design for manufacture, production and supply lifecycle.

The types of production and commodities are primarily:

  • Loading of components onto Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
  • Cable manufacture
  • Enclosure manufacturing and assembly (extruding/machining/fabrication)
  • Loading of PCBs into enclosures (LRUs) and the LRUs into racks
  • Electrical testing of LRU's, Racks and systems

A significant aspect of the role will be production planning and optimisation, other aspects also include:

  • Scheduling, material planning and make/buy activities
  • Conduct supplier capability and capacity assessments
  • Determine production build test strategies
  • Undertake manufacturing and assembly process flows
  • Coordinate activities between product engineering, plant operations and external suppliers.

About you
As an ideal applicant for this opportunity, you'll have:

  • Extensive experience in a technical manufacturing, production or operations environment
  • Manufacturing/production engineering management or project management experience coupled with production planning skills
  • An understanding of project management principles including risk management and earned value management
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and supplier management skills

Whilst not essential, experience utilising Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) systems or experience with the production of electronic components and hardware will be highly regarded.

Don't meet every criteria listed above? Don't worry. Providing you have the right foundational experience and qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Whether it be for this role or another, your skills and competencies are of interest to us.

About us
BAE Systems' advanced defence technology solutions protect people and national security, keeping critical information and infrastructure secure. For more than 65 years we have searched for new ways to provide our customers in Australia with a competitive edge across air, land, sea, cyber, space and electronic domains.

In terms of our culture, it's safety focused and inclusive. For us that means ensuring that the voices and talents of our more than 4,100 employees are valued and that everyone has a sense of belonging. It also means providing a safe, family friendly, flexible and supportive place to work. Join us.

As Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain appropriate clearance.

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are applicable and as such, your nationality may be a factor in determining your suitability for this role.

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Applications should be addressed to: Kon Yiannikopoulos, Talent Acquisition Specialist – Engineering, and made online here.

Whilst applications must be made online, confidential enquiries are very welcome via email:

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Veterans for these opportunities. An inclusive culture and an exciting, supportive career opportunity awaits. We are also proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer for Women. If you would like to know more information about how we are supporting our employees, you can view our policies and initiatives here:

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