• Start Date – September 2020
  • Salary - £15,000
  • Location – Winfrith, Dorset
  • Looking to study or studying Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing or other related courses

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join a successful and growing company in Winfrith, Dorset.

The company together with its subsidiaries, is a technological leader in many sectors and has an excellent reputation. They have a unique and unrivalled domain knowledge in weapon handling, mine-hunting, naval weapons and combat systems.

The company is looking to employ an individual who is keen to progress and who has a real passion and desire to understand the business domain. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Production Division.

You will be given guidance and mentoring to develop your skills in supporting a range of tasks.


Accountable to the Production Planning Team Leader you will support the generation and maintenance of accurate production plans and monitor progress on the shop floor against scheduled deliveries.

Working with Production Planning team members and stakeholders from the wider business, you will support the generation and update of management plans and progress monitoring tools used to understand Product delivery requirements and manage demand on production facilities and manpower. As the scope or schedule of a project changes, the impact needs to be assessed and action taken where necessary to ensure products are delivered on time and to the necessary quality.

The role requires regular contact with, and reporting to, the Head of Production Planning to gain an understanding of any issues, constraints or resource issues that may affect delivery of product to time, cost or quality. It also requires data and information to be collected from the shop floor for analysis.

Working closely with the Material Controllers, you will help to ensure all materials, equipment and bought in items are delivered by suppliers on time and are made available to the shop floor when it is required.

Support to the preparation of information and resource estimates for input in to AEUK bids may be required as well as generating forward load information to facilitate longer term resource planning.

Under supervision and assistance, you will learn how to conduct the following tasks:

  • Work with Production Planning staff to support the generation of production plans
  • Collection and analysis of data to understand progress against plans
  • Support regular reviews of progress on the shop floor
  • Work with Engineers and other staff to understand and analyse the impact of design or schedule changes on product deliveries
  • Support the generation of reports for use across the business
  • Work with Material Controllers and the Stores team to monitor part orders and expected deliveries to site
  • Collate information, generate schedules and support estimation of costs to go in to bids

Knowledge, skills and personal qualities required:

  • IT literate and knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Interest in Engineering and manufacture
  • Highly motivated and a logical thinking
  • Interest in project planning and management
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as a team member and possess good interpersonal, communication and literacy skills


  • Meeting sometimes challenging timescales, work as part of a team to ensure Production deliveries are planned and delivered effectively.

Key accountabilities

  • Work closely with the Head of Production Planning to maximise manufacturing and delivery performance.
  • Work with Production technicians and stakeholders across the business to resolve emergent Production issues.

Behavioural requirements:

  • Self-confident
  • Good planning and organisation
  • Effective communicator
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible
  • Ability to analyse
  • Creative
  • Ability to influence
  • Demonstrates initiative
  • Team player

What we are looking for in you:

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent, at Grade A* - C including English, Maths and a Science or Engineering related subject.

More Information

  • The successful candidate must be able to achieve full SC (Security Clearance).


To apply for this placement or for more information, please contact: Ellen Pugsley at e.pugsley@etrust.org.uk stating your interest, your full name and the vacancy reference.

Please note, you must be fully registered with The YINI scheme to apply.

See the YINI application page to complete an on-line application form if you are not already registered.

066EPSW, Year in Industry, Production - Planning and Support, Winfrith, Dorset

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