2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements depending on the role you apply for – explore your options with our recruiter during the application process.

Job Description

Job title: Operations Leader

Location: Barrow-in-Furness. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this role

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Responsible for the management, leadership and development of teams and delivering the required scope of work in a timely manner
  • Reporting to the Man ENG Manager as well as assuming “deputy” responsibilities as required for defining, planning, managing and delivering customer and business requirements Safely to Cost and Quality targets
  • Providing guidance & coaching to Team Leaders in support of their personal development and duties
  • Supporting Team Leaders and teams in their personal development through coaching and mentoring, sharing work experience and support with performance management
  • Lead, develop and motivate any reporting and assigned staff through good communication and honest open management techniques in keeping with company values, behaviours, policies and procedures
  • Strong Management and Leadership within their day to day work naturally support the team and Manufacturing Area Manager in all aspects as required

Your skills and experiences:


  • Time served tradesperson or strong technical qualification supported by relevant experience from a similar Manufacturing/Production environment
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing business including strategy, plans, key objectives, milestones and their dependencies
  • Exposure or knowledge on Electrical Boat
  • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement


  • Use of SAP
  • Use of Microsoft Packages


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave incentive and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Operations Team:

The team is made up of various trade specific Operations Leads and their role is to ensure that the boat is as build friendly as possible so it can be built to the planned schedule. You will be working alongside their peers and you will be interacting with a range of different teams such as Engineering, Designers, Project, Planners, Test and Commissioning, Major Area Integration Teams (MAITs) and the Facilities Team. Joining this team offers developmental prospects and progression opportunities into Managerial or Trade Lead roles.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 16th May 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.



Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Open to part time work for some roles
Gym membership
Buy or sell annual leave
Bank holiday swaps
Company shutdown periods
Share options
Matched pension contribution
Salary sacrifice
Employee discounts
Lunch and learns
More information needed
More information needed
More information needed
Work-life balance
More information needed
Role modelling
More information needed
More information needed

Working at BAE Systems

Company employees


Office locations

UK-wide - more than 50 locations

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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