Head of Manufacturing & Assembly
Willmott Dixon
Hitchin, GB
3d ago

About Us

Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group with a local regional presence throughout the UK.

Founded in 1852, we are family run and dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment. Our passion is to create spectacular outcomes for our customers in the knowledge that our projects have a huge beneficial impact for the UK's economic growth and prosperity.

We are also passionate about our people and have a real focus and drive to support their continuous development. We strongly believe that this passion is what differentiates us and has allowed us to enjoy considerable success year after year, underlined by placing 5th in the 2020 Sunday Times list of Best 100 Companies to Work For better than any other construction company.

  • Add to that our numerous other awards, including three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in five years; our industry-leading approach to sustainability we have been carbon neutral since 2012;
  • and a strong financial position, with 100% UK turnover and no bank borrowings we believe we truly can offer a career of a lifetime.

    Willmott Dixon Sunesis is a new, innovative business which exists to positively transform construction. Embracing technology, we think differently and are developing innovative new approaches and solutions which drive the efficient design, procurement, manufacture and assembly of a new generation of products and projects.

    It has been established to deliver transformative approaches to the way Willmott Dixon delivers its projects and to act as a catalyst for the modernisation of the current Tier 1 main contractor model.

    We provide other parts of Willmott Dixon with design and procurement services that use pre-designed repeatable components, aggregated-demand procurement and a strong Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) ethos.

    Our mission is to create solutions to enable Willmott Dixon to design, price, plan and procure in a day’.

    To support this exciting initiative, we are looking to recruit a Head of Manufacturing & Assembly to lead and be responsible for all aspects of the platform manufacturing and on-site assembly process, providing support to the LCO teams undertaking the latter.

    Contribute as part of the senior management team to the effective day to day running of the business and the shaping of its future strategy.

    Key responsibilities include :

  • Contribute to business strategic plans where appropriate and promote the company externally.
  • Provide leadership and support to recruit, develop, motivate and retain the best people.
  • Ensure effective team working between the operational team, and other departments by effective communication.
  • Provide in real time, accurate and realistic operational reports and projections.
  • Act as manufacturing and on-site assembly lead with respect to the platform. Working in conjunction with the rest of the senior management team this includes the management of all supply chain partners, including the establishment and management of long-term performance contracts, together will all appropriate LCO financial reporting
  • Ensure the LCO operational teams’ quality outputs meet Willmott Dixon Sunesis’ standards during construction and also on completion.
  • Lead of the development of an automated solution to programming and prelims production driven from the platform model and configuration tool.
  • Provide operational input into the design of the platform components and its resultant assemblies with specific reference to ensuring the optimum manufacturing and subsequent assembly of the same.
  • Work with Willmott Dixon Sunesis colleagues, supply chain and external designers to implement P-DfMA principles into the Willmott Dixon Sunesis platform.
  • Lead the Willmott Dixon Sunesis aftercare process including the facilitation of lessons learned workshops to ensure the timely resolution of all defects, root cause identification and the development of improvements to the platform toobviate the same from occurring in the future.
  • Assist in the creation of winning PQQs / tenders and support the Willmott Dixon Sunesis team throughout the process.
  • Promote the Willmott Dixon Sunesis brand.
  • Attend meetings as required nationally
  • Essential and Desirable Criteria

    Essential Criteria

  • Successful leadership of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Resolving technical, operational and contractual issues and / or disputes
  • Variety of construction operations
  • Using Microsoft suite of Office programmes; inc. Excel, Word, Outlook and Project
  • Efficient management of staff and resources
  • Skilled in analytical thinking, modelling and rendering to support the design process.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting contract documents, programmes, drawings and technical specifications
  • Ensuring projects team understanding of drawings and technical specifications
  • Understanding and appropriately sharing build programmes.
  • Construction related degree or relevant work experience.
  • Appropriate CSCS card
  • Able to travel independently to work
  • MCIOB or MRICS · SMSTS certificate
  • First Aid at Work certificate
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in using 4D programming techniques and associated software
  • Good understanding of DfMA principles
  • MCIOB / MRICS or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Self-Awareness

    You will be able to :

  • recognise your own strengths and limitations, play to your strengths and use strategies to minimise the impact of your limitations
  • reflect regularly on your own experiences and performance, and constantly seek to improve
  • model behaviour that shows respect, helpfulness and co-operation
  • consider the impact of your own actions on others
  • respond positively and with resilience to setbacks
  • understand people’s needs and motivations and adapt your personal style accordingly.
  • Relationship Focused

    You will be able to :

  • recognise when there are conflicts, acknowledge the feelings and views of all parties, and redirect people’s energy towards a common goal
  • make best use of available resources and seek new sources of support when necessary
  • state your own position and views clearly and confidently in conflict situations
  • share, and encourage others to share, information and knowledge
  • recognise the importance of relationships and build these across the organisation
  • understand and address stakeholders' needs
  • identify your customers’ needs and expectations and strive to deliver them.
  • Delivering Objectives

    You will be able to :

  • prioritise and plan to deliver agreed objectives
  • present plans clearly, concisely, accurately and in ways that ensure understanding
  • constructively challenge the status quo and seek better alternatives
  • recognise changes in circumstances promptly and adjust plans and activities accordingly
  • take personal responsibility for making things happen
  • find practical ways to overcome barriers
  • manage multiple demands without losing focus or energy.
  • Additional Information

    Willmott Dixon embraces diversity in the workplace.

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