Engineering Estimator

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Location: Cambridge
Job type: Permanent
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Sector: Manufacturing
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About Us:
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest privately owned and independent aerospace and defence companies that delivers innovation and excellence in engineering and support solutions in the air, on land and at sea. Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group specialises in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, alongside defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture. Its capabilities include engineering design, manufacture and test and the provision of personnel, training and advice, whilst providing maintenance, integration, manufacture and product support.

As an integral part of the business within the Commercial Directorate, the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group operates an Estimating function supporting the business with credible, robust cost base estimation to support high quality bids to Customers and continuous assessment of ongoing projects and programmes.

We are seeking an Estimator to join our Engineering Team with experience of generating estimating proposals to match the technical requirements of Customer Requirements. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in working with Aerospace Engineering Functions to prepare Statements of Work aligned to a scheduled cost estimate to match Customer Requirements. The Estimating Function is at the Core of driving change and continuous improvement through the Marshall Company assessing the cost impact of new technologies and manufacturing techniques. We can teach how to Estimate. What is vital in this role is an Engineering background or understanding.

Job Description
The Estimating Function provides cost assessments across a spectrum of projects, from minor piece part manufacture, Maintenance & Repair Organisations, Urgent Operational Requirements, to complete specialist aircraft modifications and overhauls.

In this role you will be required to work alongside aircraft engineers to develop cost effective solutions backed off with a comprehensive Basis of Estimate for estimate approval at all levels within the business. Demands on our Engineering Teams can be quite varied ranging from simple low value minor piece part modifications to complete aircraft re-design, overhaul, and installation of unique equipment to allow the aircraft to execute some of the very specialist roles the Customer can request. In addition to the Core Engineering Function at our Cambridge location, the Engineering Estimating Team also supports our Composites Manufacture Facility in Kirbymoorside who design, engineer and manufacture composite parts supporting a wide range of products and customers both inside and outside the aerospace industry.

As part of our drive to implement change through the function, we are building up our strong experience in Parametric Estimating techniques to provide industry standard comparative data to support our estimates going forward. Integral to this is an ability to assess historical data to drive meaningful Cost Estimating Relationships that can be used to generate and validate new estimates and support the winning of new business opportunities. The cost appraisal of new technologies and manufacturing techniques will ensure the business has the right information to make informed decisions on the strategic direction of the Company. Estimates must be realistic, robust, repeatable, honest and fair, but also challenging to drive the competitiveness of the Marshall Business.

This role is the perfect step towards a career in Estimating with the opportunity to liaise and operate with all levels of the Business. As part of the Estimating Team, you will be given the opportunity to have your skills and experienced realised through a nationally recognised ACostE Accreditation in Cost Estimating. We are committed to helping you build a rewarding and long lasting career as part of the Marshall family.

The Successful Candidate
•High Ethical Code to deliver estimates that support the Core Marshall Values.
•A passion to improve and help drive improvement and change across the organisation.
•Good standard of education and the ability to present to various levels of the business.
•Experience within an Engineering Discipline.
•An ability to understand the resource required to support a technical instruction and the demand from supporting functions.
•IT skills including use of Microsoft Excel; Training will be provided but an interest and passion to learn is essential.
•A challenging nature, the desire to question and understand the reasoning behind technical assumptions. The conviction to stand behind the assumptions you make in the generation of cost estimates.
•The ability to think outside the box and make confident estimating assessments based on previous knowledge and experience.

The Ideal Candidate
•Any knowledge or experience of Additive Layer Manufacture or Composites Manufacture and Design is highly desirable in this role.
•Proven experience of delivering complex cost estimates within the Aerospace Industry.
•Experience of using Parametric Toolsets, E.g., Galorath SEER.
•Working practise of 3-Point Estimating, Uncertainty Analysis, risk generation and Monte-Carlo simulation modelling.
•ACostE Level 3 Accredited or above.

A competitive package is on offer based on experience and qualifications.
•Competitive Base Salary.
•Discretionary Bonus Scheme.
•25 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays with the ability to Purchase additional Holiday.
•Generous Company Pension Scheme.
•Access to a Healthcare Plan.
•Excellent Flexible Benefit Scheme with the ability to accrue additional Holiday.
•Access to a discount scheme which offers substantial savings with a range of retailers, hotel chains, holiday companies etc.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either a SC (Security Check), Disclosure Scotland Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.
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