Head of Operations

  • Ings Ln, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies in the world delivering innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.

Since 1909, we have been valued for our integrity, performance and customer focus which we have demonstrated through our innovative solutions and ability to deliver on time and to cost.

We specialise in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, alongside defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture.  Our capabilities include engineering design, manufacture, test and the provision of personnel, training and advice, whilst providing maintenance, integration and product support. 

Within our land systems capability, we have designed, manufactured, delivered and supported more than 5000 tactical shelters in over 200 different configurations. 

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies that employs over 6,000 people with a turnover in excess of £2.7bn.

We are a respected total solutions provider for the military and commercial sectors.

Job Description

We have an amazing opportunity for an experienced, ambitious leader to help drive forward  our Advanced Composites business.  

Responsible for  Manufacturing, Planning, Logistics and Material Control functions, you will provide the inspirational leadership to ensure that these teams satisfy and exceed the customers' requirements while ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures, and maintaining a safe working environment.

With extensive experience in an advanced manufacturing / engineering environment, you will provide the guidance, development and coaching needed to create and deploy a high-performing and efficient team.

The key responsibilities are:-

  • To provide strong leadership to the team.
  • To produce strategic and tactical operations plans that drive the business forward.
  • To ensure the efficient use of overhead diversions ensuring that all costs are controlled, reported and managed.
  • To continually review processes to improve production flow using lean techniques.
  • To liaise with internal departments and customers where required.
  • To support and inform bid proposal activity as required.
  • To support the strategic goals of the business as a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Advanced Composites.


Experience / Knowledge:

Degree or equivalent in Manufacturing Engineering or a related discipline.

Extensive  experience as an Operations Manager from within a small-batch manufacturing environment, ideally from within a Composite Aerospace and Defence Business.

Postgraduate training or qualification in business management.

Skills / Abilities:

Able to inspire a team with enthusiasm, ambition and commitment to quality.

Able to delegate and deploy resources to ensure alignment with operational priorities.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including negotiation, presentation, training and team management.

Transparency and integrity.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either a SC (Security Check), Disclosure Scotland Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.

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