Production Lead

Company Details

Bradford Space is a high-tech developer and manufacturer that has been innovating the space industry for over three decades. Bradford has over 35 years’ experience developing and manufacturing state of the art in-orbit systems and components. Today, this US-owned company with headquarters in New York City and operations in the Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg builds high performance spacecraft propulsion systems, avionics, attitude orbit control systems, microgravity workspaces, and is developing the highly maneuverable Explorer spacecraft for beyond LEO missions.

We are looking for a Production Lead to join Bradford Engineering B.V., a Bradford Space subsidiary and a Netherlands base supplier of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS), Propulsion, Avionics and Thermal solutions for spacecraft.

The Production Lead is responsible for Assembly, Integration, Testing and Delivery activities of Bradford Engineering, and is working directly with the Operations Manager and in support of the Project Leads to ensure that our customers get their product On Time/On Quality/On Cost. The
Production Lead is constantly monitoring and improving the planning and processes which have a direct influence on our operational performance.

The main objective of this position is to contribute to an optimum course of the projects through planning, coordination, management and control of the Production leading to:

  • Insuring production activities according to the Production Plan and Schedule
  • Managing the daily production operations
  • Support industrialization, improving production processes and anticipate future operations & infrastructure developments

Key responsibilities:

The assigned main tasks are, but not limited to:

  • Closely co-operate with the Operations Office Lead to prepare and buy-in to a sound production schedule
  • Managing all the activities necessary to prepare, manufacture and tests the products of Bradford Engineering with the Operations employees
  • Follow up daily progress on actual status versus planned activities
  • Managing the different disciplines (Manufacturing, Mechanical & Electrical Assembly and Tests) to achieve the delivery of Bradford Engineering products on Time – on Quality – on Cost
  • Attaining optimum usage of assigned resources, processes and tools, by effective management and coordination
  • Proposing solutions to continually improve productivity and quality
  • Managing unforeseen activities and technical issues linked to Operations and propose improvements
  • Achieving a competent and effective organization by selecting, training appraising, developing and motivating direct reports
  • Working together with Operations Manager to change the Operations Department from a push to a pull organization where Operations are in the lead
  • Be part of the change of the Operations Department which will bring it to the future (ERP usage and improvement, PDM implementation, dash-board creations, …)

Essential skills

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a Production role with experience in management of small to medium series
  • Experience with defining and implementing industrialization processes and infrastructure
  • Autonomous and responsible, good communicator, people connector
  • Mastering production environment, processes and ERP systems
  • Ability to solve problems of different kind urgently
  • Ability to analyze data (forecast vs actual in dashboard) and to propose action plan accordingly
  • The competencies required for this function are “at least or BSc or equivalent by experience” education in the fields of Production, Mechanical or (Aero)space
  • Proficiency in Dutch and English

Strongly valued/desired skills

  • Pro-active and team worker
  • Organizational and priority management
  • Champion in production engineering and industrialization

What we can offer in return

We offer a varied job with an excellent remuneration package in an exciting industry where you play a key role in Production and Operations of Bradford Engineering.

Duty station: Heerle (Roosendaal), The Netherlands

Tagged as: manufacturing

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