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SMAS Manufacturing Specialist (Ref R00409)

SMAS Manufacturing Specialist

Job description

Job title: SMAS Manufacturing Specialist
Team: Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service
Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £51,773
Hours: Full-time – flexible working options considered
Status: Fixed term –  18 months 
Closing date: 29 March 2023
Job ref no: R00409

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) is delivered by our organisation and covers Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise areas.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join Scotland’s national economic development agency.

We’re committed to growing the Scottish economy for the benefit of all, creating more quality jobs and a brighter future in every region.

The role

We’re looking for an experienced manufacturing specialist with a passion for contributing to a sustainable, inclusive and fair economy.

You’ll be on the front line helping manufacturing businesses to stay competitive in a changing landscape. This means working with business owners and teams to adopt new technologies and improve supply chains and internal processes.

You’ll spend most of your time with clients, guiding them through immediate tactical challenges as well as longer term strategic change. Every client is different, and you’ll be working with them to promote a productivity agenda for sustainable Scottish manufacturing.

The role is based in Aberdeen and involves travel throughout Scotland, so you’ll need a full driver’s licence and access to a car.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing business needs for efficiency
  • Supporting businesses to make improvements and be competitive
  • Promoting SMAS and our business support services

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Who we're looking for

We need an effective team player who can work across businesses with ease. You’ll bring credibility, experience and influencing skills.

Taking companies on an improvement journey can often last months, or even years, so your enthusiasm and tenacity will need to last the course.

You’ll bring experience in the manufacturing industry, preferably in a leadership role. Whether you’re keen to share your wealth of experience, or looking to develop your career further, this role offers plenty of variety.

Your skills, abilities and experience should include:

  • Experience delivering operational excellence using manufacturing problem solving methodology such as Lean, Six Sigma, EFQM, or Kaizen
  • Delivery of sustainable improvements in an operational environment
  • Knowledge of advanced manufacturing technologies, systems and digital techniques that combine people, process, technology and data to increase productivity across the business and support Industry 4.0 service
  • Supply chain management and development
  • Experience leading others through change with effective facilitation, coaching and mentoring skills – such as ILM Diploma
  • Project management skills (with case studies of deployment)
  • Comfort working across all aspects of business enterprise and supply chains
  • Effective communication and reporting skills

What we offer

If successful, you'll gain access to the following benefits: 

  • Membership of the Scottish Enterprise Pension and Life Assurance Scheme – a pension based on your final pensionable salary, flexible retirement options and generous life assurance cover
  • Up to 43 annual leave days a year (including public holidays) with the opportunity to buy additional holidays
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • A health cash plan
  • Our Employee Retail Benefits Scheme
  • Our Employee Assistance Scheme

How to apply

If you're interested in this role, please complete your application form by 29 March 2023.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 17 April 2023.

Our values

Being part of Scottish Enterprise means being open to new ideas and trying different ways of working. We support each other to reach our full potential. We celebrate shared success and learn together when things don’t go so well. And we always treat each other fairly, with respect and understanding. Together, we are the difference.

Apply now to keep building your future with us

At Scottish Enterprise, we’re proud to celebrate difference. Diversity of experience and thought is vital to the success of our vision for the future of every community across Scotland. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applicants from a wide range of individuals, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, gender identity and expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

We commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required, not only during the application and assessment process but throughout employment with us.

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