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Leonardo Helicopters
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Yeovil
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Leonardo MW Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Aerodynamics Engineer

The Obsolescence department is right now transitioning from a reactive to a proactive approach to managing obsolescence, with the aim of reducing the risk and cost of obsolescence on the customer. The project is being supported by the Transformation business initiative. Through this evolution the function will increase its reach and influence within the business and become more integrated with the core functions.

This role therefore provides a good opportunity to be involved in and contribute to, the transformation of a function, that is becoming more effective and agile in order to successfully meet future demands.

Within this context the job purpose key aspects are;-

  • To provide the business with an effective obsolescence service in accordance with BS EN 62402:2007, which fulfills the requirements of both internal and external customers.
  • Be responsible for assessing scope, content and deadlines of work packages undertaken by the function, then; planning, prioritising and executing tasks and managing allocated hours, to deliver the requirements on-time and to the satisfaction of the Customer.
  • To maintain close liaison with the key stakeholders; MoD Customers, vendors, Engineering and Procurement, etc , to ensure obsolescence issues are effectively managed and impacts minimised if not eliminated.
  • To support and participate in the Obsolescence transformation project, to evolve the service provided from reactive to proactive.

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Undertake in-depth obsolescence investigations, analysing the engineering and technical aspects of systems, components and assemblies and present solutions with recommendations to the relevant authorities and stakeholders.
  • Compile and maintain the key obsolescence reports, plans and notifications, which are essential to the management of obsolescence, and as required by contract, including; risk registers, sustainment plans, Obsolescence Management Plans, obsolescence notifications etc.
  • Lead projects and initiatives; assessing requirements, scope and deadlines, organise work breakdown and tasks, reporting progress and monitoring hours.
  • Employing software tools such as; SAP, SharePoint and Serena etc., to manage tasks you are responsible for, and task or respond to other functions, to contribute to the timely resolution of obsolescence or other issues.
  • Liaise directly with OEM's and other suppliers to manage known issues and to gain intelligence on potential future issues to support a proactive and cost effective Obsolescence Management Service.
  • Represent the department at internal and external meetings with MoD Customers, vendors and other service providers.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and through regular interactions; collaborate on projects, initiatives and exchange information.
  • Identify future risks and develop forward strategies to mitigate obsolescence, by regularly reviewing industry practices for Obsolescence Management, to ensure LH obsolescence strategies are relevant and up to date.
  • Key Leonardo internal relationships; Programmes, all CS&T departments (SLICT, IOS, CSM etc), Engineering, P&SC, Material Services, Leonardo Electronics Division (formerly Selex).
  • Key external relationships; MoD, Vendors.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • Practiced interpersonal and presentation skills, to communicate effectively, both internally and externally with international contacts, representing Leonardo MW in a professional manner.
  • Ability to investigate complex obsolescence issues and create effective solutions that minimise the impact of obsolescence on the customer.
  • Ability to read and fully comprehend technical drawings, technical documentation, specifications etc.
  • Skilled in producing detailed and comprehensive; reports, studies and analyses, as formal deliverables to the customer and for internal use, contributing to; business cases, justifications, estimates, data bases etc.
  • Qualified at HNC or Degree level ideally, but possess an Engineering qualification as a minimum, with Aerospace or relevant industry experience.
  • Understanding of aircraft systems and aircraft support services.
  • Experienced in commercial aspects of the business, such as; MoD support contracts (IOS), vendor contracts, etc.
  • Conversant with the SAP ERP system and the standard Microsoft suite; Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
  • Understanding of the LH business overall and specifically how the Obsolescence function contributes to the Customer Support business, and interacts with all the associated functions.

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