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Operations Leader

BAE Systems UK

Location: Cumbria

Job Type: Not Specified



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 particular role.

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Reporting to the Area Manager / Trade Lead, assuming "deputy" responsibilities as required for defining, planning, managing, and delivering customer and business requirements safely to cost and quality targets
  • Supporting Team Leaders and teams in their personal development and duties through coaching and mentoring, sharing work experience and supporting with performance management to ensure all employees are effectively recognised, motivated, and engaged in the delivery of their tasks
  • Leading, developing, motivating, reporting, and assigning staff through good communication and honest open management techniques in keeping with company values, behaviours, policies, and procedures
  • Leading by example, championing the corporate behaviours
  • Strong management and leadership within their day-to-day work naturally supporting the team and area manager in all aspects as required

Your skills and experiences:

  • Suitable experience in manufacturing or production environment
  • Time served tradesperson or strong technical qualification
  • Manufacturing business knowledge including strategy, plans, key objectives, milestones, and their dependencies
  • Trade domain knowledge and experience
  • Experience of Leading, coaching and developing people
  • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance 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 leave incentive.

The Operations team:

You will be responsible for the management, leadership, and development of teams, delivering the required scope(s) of work, on time and to budget through effective real time planning and task allocation. This role could be a learning platform to grow into an Area Delivery Manager or Trade Lead Position.

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.