Functional Team Lead- Mechanical Engineering
at Ultra Electronics

Date Posted: 06/04/2018

Job Description

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems is a business within the Ultra Electronics Group and has supplied defence electronics systems for over 30 years to the UK Ministry of Defence, to major prime contractors and also directly to international military and commercial customers.

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has a wide expertise in offering turnkey project, integrated system design and niche product solutions, using in house technology, specialist third party products and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology.

Providing solutions across a range of military, civil and related high integrity systems including C4ISR, data links, weapon interfacing, vetronics, safety critical systems, electro-optical surveillance, tracking and gunfire control, navigation systems and data distribution and networking systems.  Ultra Electronics prides itself on developing long term relationships with its customers providing support for equipment throughout its service life and often beyond.

Job Requirements

Job Purpose

To lead a team of mechanical engineers based at the UECSS Greenford site, this will involve the management and development of the engineering resources and processes in accordance with best practice to meet the demand from current and future projects.


Key Responsibilities

A Mechanical Functional Team Lead will be responsible for Line Management of a team of mechanical engineers working on a variety of mechanical work packages. The Mechanical Team Lead will also be required to take on the roles of Work Package Manager and hands on Mechanical Design Engineer.


The Mechanical Functional Team Lead Responsibilities are:

  • Understanding and supporting project, department and team objectives.
  • Supporting the Functional Lead – Mechanical Engineering with resource planning, resource requirements (Forward Load management) and recruitment for the team.
  • Assessment and planning of skills mix and staff flexibility within the team.
  • Staff development and contribution towards functional training plans.
  • Promoting positive behaviours and a positive vision of the company to the team.
  • Mentoring, performance management and discipline of the team.
  • Identifying the need for new/additional tools and equipment (hardware and software) with allocated owners.
  • Oversights of engineering labs and identification of Lab Managers.
  • Support review and updates of the company’s processes and procedures for the allocated function.
  • Implementing engineering processes and supporting the development of best practice.
  • Ensuring co-operation between engineering functions and other departments and external stakeholders.
  • Maintaining knowledge of relevant legislation and industry best practice as relevant to the team’s activities.
  • Provide input into the strategic plans for the longer term development of the mechanical function.
  • Producing initial estimates for bids or new project work that is over 37 hours total duration.
  • Supporting the Project Manager (PM) and Project Engineering Lead (PEL) in the definition of the Work Package.
  • Approving the Work Packages baseline (defined by the PM).
  • Monitoring Work Package Progress.
  • Providing periodic status updates, including work Spend To Date (STD), Estimates To Complete (ETC), Estimated Completion Dates and any key risks or issues.
  • Proactively identifying and reporting Work Package issues, risks and Opportunities as they occur to the PM and PEL.
  • Developing and managing mitigation plans, where cost or schedule overruns are forecast or could be improved.
  • Seeking opportunities to improve Work package delivery performance. This may be achieved through identifying scope changes, more efficient method of working, different resourcing models or process changes. 
  • Identifying when the scope of the Work Package has changed and highlighting this to the PM
  • Supporting the PM and PEL in re-baselining Work Packages.
  • Identify the resource required to deliver the Work Package.


  • Identifying any specific tools, processes, procedures or facilities required to deliver the Work Package.
  • Supporting evaluation, mitigation and management of engineering risks.


The Mechanical Design Engineer role responsibilities are:

  • Providing a technical lead role on selected projects.
  • Providing support for stress and thermal analysis activities
  • Employing continuous improvement principles to improve efficiency
  • Supporting the Project SDA as required
  • Liaising with customers and suppliers as required
  • Collaboration with the other Engineering functions to ensure smooth engineering transition within projects


The Mechanical Functional Team Lead accountabilities are:

  • Line management responsibilities and resource allocation.
  • Liaising with Engineering Managers, Capability Managers and other stakeholders.
  • Managing a team within a functional group, its resources, knowledge, skills, processes, procedures and tools to align with the current and future needs of the business.
  • Developing the team through best practice and engineering excellence.


The Work Package Manager role accountabilities are:

  • Work Package management and execution to the required time, cost and quality.
  • Attending regular project, schedule and risk reviews with the Project Manager and Project Engineering Lead
  • Provide project input to project progress reports and meetings, engineering estimates to complete and input to risk identification and mitigation.
  • Estimating and bid support.
  • Forward Load review, resource allocation and resource conflict resolution.


The Mechanical Design Engineer role accountabilities are:

  • Production of project drawing packs in line with configuration management processes
  • Producing and reviewing Mechanical Designs and Drawings
  • Maintaining the configuration of UECSS’s production drawing packs


Personal Attributes

  • Degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • A good understanding of key mechanical engineering principles e.g. material selection, assembly techniques and manufacturing processes.
  • Have a good appreciation of related engineering disciplines (e.g. electronic engineering, system engineering).
  • Manufacturing processes & materials knowledge for small to medium volume production.         Have a good appreciation of designing mechanical solutions to meet EMC requirements.         Knowledge of working in a regulated environment i.e. MAA DAOS
  • Full driving licence.
  • Capable of achieving Security Clearance (SC).
  • Occasional need for work at all UECSS sites, worldwide travel and being away from home for reasonable lengths of time.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Ultra has established an excellent track record of winning new business worldwide and delivering customer satisfaction through the successful execution of contracts, despite the challenges of international competition. This success has only been possible by all involved in the business working together to meet our customers’ needs in an efficient and innovative manner.

The success which Ultra achieves in innovating to meet customer needs is based on the broad range of skills and capabilities of the Group’s employees. Ultra understands this and recognises that the Group’s ‘right’ people are its most important asset. Ultra strives for an efficient organisation with engaged and competent people.

If you are interested in receiving job alerts sign up for Ultra Electronics’ Talent Network!

What is a Talent Network?

Talent Networks enhance your job search and application process. Whether you choose to apply or just leave your information, we look forward to staying connected with you.

Why Join?

  • Receive alerts with new job opportunities that match your interests
  • Share job opportunities through Social Media or email