Deputy Engineering Manager

Per Annum

Job description


This company is a leader in high-performance RF, microwave & microelectronic solutions, the company designs, develops and manufactures one of the world’s largest selections of RF, microwave and millimeter wave components and systems for use in commercial, defence, and space applications. The company offers both US and Europe-based design and manufacturing options. Our Milton Keynes UK (MK) facility is renowned for the design and manufacture of microwave solutions principally for the defence and space markets with capabilities ranging from component design to the provision of latest generation Active Antenna Array Units constructed from common Transmit Receive building blocks. Multiple applications include datalinks, satcom & radar. The MK operation is developing and manufacturing increasingly complex integrated RF solutions, encompassing adjacent technologies including signal processing, antenna design and mechanical sub system configurations.


  • To provide leadership and direction to the engineering development team in the Milton Keynes facility
  • To deliver the agreed engineering milestones established in the current Annual Operating Plan and considering the 3 Year Strategy Plan road map.
  • To meet prescribed customer deadlines.
    • Develop and deploy the company’s engineering resources to achieve the Annual Operating Plan and related business objectives
    • To embrace and champion a culture of Continuous Improvement
    • Provide safe working environment for all employees and visitors and ensure legislative compliance in terms of health, safety, environment and other associated legislation and regulations
    • To positively promote the company to all parties; including: customers, suppliers, employees, management and investors, local communities and other stakeholders.



Business Performance

Manage both internal and customer funded Research & Development programmes, within the budgets set, through the use of programme planning, regular reviews of total cost and time to completion, risk identification and mitigation, identification of capital equipment and the forecasting of projected programme spend.

Ensure adherence to established design and manufacturing procedures and process. As necessary develop and introduce new processes and or modify those that exist to ensure primary business objectives are achieved.

Develop and maintain design methodologies that ensure the “seamless” transition of new products from design to “ready for manufacture”. Working with the production engineering group and operations team to deliver the common goal.

Manage the day to day running of the Engineering department to meet its obligations and set clear objectives for each of the team through regular personal development reviews.

With an intimate knowledge of critical RF, power/control and DSP challenges lead by example in route cause analysis corrective actions and establishing counter measures as required.

Enhance the technical knowledge and expertise of the business through partnership working with third party industry experts and universities and by engagement with technical seminars and other forums of learning.

Drive technology and new product development through well-defined and managed IR&D programs linked to new business opportunities that will stimulate growth.

Ensure compliance with contracted requirements through early involvement in the Request for Quotation (RFQ) process, programme reviews and regular customer contact.

Work with the Business Development and Field Sales teams to identify and win new opportunities.

To work seamlessly with other group companies to leverage staff and other assets.


Work closely with the Finance Function to ensure integrity of financial reporting for all Engineering Projects.

Work with the Senior Management Team at large to provide all necessary inputs for monthly reports, qtly reviews/forecasts, annual plan preparation and 3-year strategy plan construction.

Drive continuous improvement through the use of departmental metrics and Key Performance Indicators.


To ensure internal processes and controls are in line with best practise and company assets are protected.

To keep abreast of legislative changes that may impact the business.

To undertake regular reviews of business activities and performance and ensure that there is clear ownership and timelines on addressing issues and delivering plans, and to ensure that they are met.

To ensure compliance with legislation and conform to best practise in meeting the requirements of the customer.

To understand and ensure compliance with all Health and Safety and Environmental legislation and to ensure compliance with employment legislation


To ensure that all functions are fit for purpose and meet current and future operational needs

To review the performance of individuals in the team and identify areas for improvement and development using own influence and coaching skills. Ensure the development of succession plans for key posts in the business, develop & nurture individuals to advance within the organisation.

To develop staff through suitable training and by giving them opportunities to gain experiences within the work environment.

Ensure that each quarter staff are given the opportunity to discuss performance and development

To ensure staff are kept fully aware of the financial and operational performance of the business

Leadership & Behavioural

Be results driven with attention to detail

Provide inspirational leadership to the business and be a role model to staff, must be able to make a positive impact within the work environment

To contribute to strategic and operational discussions and help develop future plans.

Must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organisation, both verbally and in writing


Holding an Engineering degree with specific RF and Power expertise

Have a minimum of 5 years of relevant applied experience. To be in an RF role managing an engineering team

Programme management skills

System engineering experience with knowledge of Digital Signal processing

Computer literate, with MS Office skills

Senior level experience with commercial knowledge of dealing with Customers and Suppliers

Ability to dissect complex information and be able to iterate to non-subject matter experts in a clear and concise manner

Be able to present both internally and externally with gravitas and credibility

Have a sound knowledge of the wider economic surroundings both for the UK and internationally



Internal – All employees in Milton Keynes

Group – Senior employees in other operating units, UK Corporate staff

External – Customers, Suppliers, Business Partners

Other Requirements

Continuous Improvement, you will have responsibility to make suggestions on Continuous Improvement within the business; expectations are around 4 a year. This responsibility forms part all employees’ job description.

To develop personally and grow with the organisation

To actively promote the business

To be flexible in working hours in order to meet operational commitments

UK security clearance, or capable of obtaining one.


The role is based in the Milton Keynes facility; occasional travel may be required to customers, suppliers and other sites and potentially overseas

Note: This job description summarizes the main aspects of the job, but does not cover all the duties that the jobholder may be required to perform.

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