DFM Engineer (LDW)

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems - Loudwater

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DFM Engineer

 Key Responsibilities

  • To work with Technical Leads within Engineering to ensure that design for manufacturability and maintenance is considered during the design phase.
  • Achievement of manufacturing/material cost budgets through support to the engineering design team
  • Be aware of any innovations in manufacture that could be taken advantage of.
  • Work in conjunction with the supply chain to identify technical requirements for suppliers.
  • Work with suppliers on identification of solutions and build long-term relationships within the scope of the DFM Engineer role.
  • Work in conjunction with the Engineering team to ensure product reliability and where necessary that corrective actions have taken place.
  • Participate in and lead value engineering projects.
  • Identify key critical parameters to be monitored at the manufacturers site and agree reporting methods.
  • Ensure that the suppliers test capability is at an acceptable level (including process) such as measurement systems analysis where appropriate.
  • Produce process capability reports. 
  • The DFM Engineer will be expected to work across a range of disciplines linking with the Technical Lead Engineering as needed.
  • In conjunction with NPI engineering and product quality, ensure that any manufacturing issues identified in pilot trials have been addressed.

Skills, Qualification and Experience

  • Experience with manufacturability for Mechanical & Electrical design
  • Experience in component manufacture and mechanical assembly manufacturing engineering
  • Ability to multi task and work with diverse cross functional teams in a design and manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of general mechanical design principles, including design for manufacturing (DFM) and geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T)
  • General understanding of aerospace material properties, including metals and plastics, required. Knowledge of composite materials is a plus
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience designing mechanical/electrical components and assemblies

Personal Attributes

  • Logical and methodical approach to problem solving
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success
  • A passion for high-performance engineering
  • Collaborative working with people with a diverse range of backgrounds
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence
  • Ambitious and self-reliant – intrinsically self-motivated
  • Well organised and delivery focused


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Closing date:


Job reference




Job Reference: JUN20194087
Salary: Competitive
Category: Engineering
Contract: Permanent - Full Time
Closing Date: August 30, 2019

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Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems

Welcome to Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, part of the Ultra Electronics Group, we are a UK-based solutions provider and systems integrator that operates in the Defence and Aerospace markets, where we deliver world-leading products, solutions and services to both national and international customers.

From day one of joining Ultra Electronics I felt an important part of the business

…On graduating with a first-class honours degree in Electromechanical Engineering from University, I wanted to develop my career with a technology-led engineering business that I could see had a reputation in the market-place for developing its people.

From day one of joining Ultra Electronics I felt an important part of the business, with its people values embedded into its business processes. My personal development has been managed through an agreed plan, supported by excellent Group Management Training modules, personal mentoring and hands-on, real life experiences when I need it.

Having worked at Ultra for just over two years, I am now looking forward to progressing to the engineering function early next year where I will be making more use of my technical qualification together with the management skills I have gained to develop future products for the business…

Manolis - Operations Team Leader (UK)

UK UltraSelect Benefits

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Up to 4x life assurance pension
Private medical insurance
Dental plan
Health screening
AESOP (All Employee Share Ownership Plan)
Holiday flexibility
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