Engineering Manager – Cargo

Bridport, Dorset

Job Description: Engineering Manager – Cargo

Engineering Manager – Cargo

AmSafe Bridport has an opportunity for an experienced and career driven Engineering Manager to join the Cargo Business Unit at our head office in Bridport Dorset.

AmSafe is a worldwide market leader for cargo restraints and protection systems in aviation and defence; we design, develop & manufacture world-class engineered textile solutions for the safety & securement needs of the global aerospace and defence industries.

Working with major aircraft manufacturers, our products include airframe safety systems, aircraft safety equipment, cargo restraint solutions and RPG protection.

We have manufacturing, operational and service facilities in the UK, North America and Sri Lanka.

More information can be found on our website.

The successful applicant will manage the Cargo Engineering Department, ensuring it functions effectively and efficiently for the AmSafe business. Provide the strategic plans, the leadership and the drive for engineering within the Cargo Business Unit.

Continue the development of our engineers and graduate engineers. Ensure that projects undertaken by Cargo Engineering are completed on time and to the satisfaction of our customers, both internal and external, and the certifying authorities.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Sales and Engineering, the role will be office based in Bridport, Dorset. We are looking to appoint a high calibre engineering professional with hands on experience, who knows what excellence looks like, is constantly striving for improvement and can demonstrate a track record of leading and inspiring teams and individuals.

This role would suit an ambitious and driven individual who is looking for an opportunity to take ownership of an engineering function, develop their skills and knowledge and ultimately to become a part of the AmSafe succession plan and progress their career. Extensive previous experience in a similar environment is essential as well as significant experience of leadership and management.

Coaching and development will be available and the company benefits from a supportive and values based culture led by the senior team.

A full Job Description and Person Specification can be reviewed here:

If you’re interested in applying for this role please submit the following via the CV uploader on our careers page.

For more information, call: 01308 456 666
Closing date for applications: Thursday, February 29th February

Role Purpose

To manage the Cargo Engineering Department, to ensure it functions effectively and efficiently for the AmSafe business. Provide the strategic plans, the leadership and the drive for engineering within the Business Unit. Continue the development of our engineers and graduate engineers. To ensure that projects undertaken by Engineering are completed on time and to the satisfaction of our customers, both internal and external, and the certifying authorities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead and manage the Cargo Engineering team to deliver AmSafe Bridport’s vision in line with core company values
  • Provide strategic plans, with emphasis on headcount, skills and resources and succession planning. 
  • Ensure that systems and procedures are in place to ensure an effective and efficient Engineering function that fulfils the needs of customers.
  • Ensure KPI’s are in order so that performance can be monitored.
  • Ensure that high standards of engineering professionalism are adopted throughout Engineering, and ensure there is an enthusiastic, open and honest culture.
  • To work closely with the Vice President and senior management team to develop strategic plans to grow the business and maximise its efficiency.
  • To comply with all relevant legal requirements and company policy and procedures.
  • Monitor the standards of the Engineering staff, both informally and via the appraisal system, train them where necessary and advise on appropriate external courses.
  • To represent AmSafe on Engineering matters to customers and other external bodies.
  • To deputise on relevant matters for the Vice President and other members of the senior management team when required.
  • In your absence ensure that others (chiefly through the Lead or Senior Project Engineers) maintain the smooth running of the department during your absence period.
  • To participate in initial design reviews.
  • To take part in regular project reviews with staff from Engineering and other parts of the company and be available for informal consultations between reviews.
  • To provide input during the manufacture of prototypes and during trials.
  • To sign off projects once they are completed to your satisfaction.
  • To promote a culture of continuous improvement and support the continuous improvement programme.
  • To undertake and provide evidence of personal and professional development.
  • To comply with Health and Safety and all relevant legal and company policy and procedures
  • To act appropriately as a member of the AmSafe Commercial management team and perform all other duties as required, directed, or needed to achieve business goals.
Key Success Factors

Commercial Awareness

  • The jobholder requires a sound knowledge of the products, materials, manufacturing capabilities and market place in which the company is operating.

People Management

  • A team player with a positive attitude and the ability to lead and motivate an Engineering team to achieve the objectives of the business.
  • A role model demonstrating core company behaviours and values
  • Engenders dynamic team-working amongst team members and across the business, generating a culture of mutual trust, co-operation and high motivation, providing clear objectives and individual accountabilities.
  • Develops strong working relationships within the area of responsibility through clear communication, briefings and development activities.
  • Develops the team through the effective appraisal of the performance of each individual, and encourage personal development.


  • Possesses the drive and determination to work autonomously and to achieve Engineering objectives and project targets.
  • Demonstrates a proactive approach with initiative and tenacity.

Representing and Negotiating

  • Promotes the interests of the company to corporate clients.
  • Develops and maintain good on-going relationships with the suppliers, customers and potential customers of the company.
  • Negotiates fairly and effectively, upholding the interests of the company.


  • Has the ability to effectively and credibly exchange information and ideas and views on business-related matters both orally and in writing.
  • Establishes effective channels of communication both externally with customers and internally across the business areas.
  • Team oriented and able to build effective relationships with colleagues at all levels in the business.

Planning and Organisation

  • Plans activities and schedules work to meet project and customer requirements.

Analysis and Decision-making

  • Makes accurate judgements/recommendations to improve productivity within the area of responsibility, identifying and reporting to the Vice President for Engineering any weaknesses and areas for improvement.

Adaptability and Reliability

  • Able to cope with changing work demands, displaying an adaptable and flexible approach to business needs whilst clearly communicating the impact of changing priorities. Reliable and steady under pressure with a flexible approach to changing circumstances and customers’ requirements.
  • Physical Demands

    • Physical demands are moderate factor of this role. The jobholder is required to carry out testing and operate relevant machinery and tooling. Sufficient manual dexterity is required to operate a keyboard effectively.


    • A valid driving licence and willingness to travel worldwide is required.
    Specific Skill Requirements


    • The role requires an educational standard to minimum Degree level in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
    • Professional membership / qualification preferred


    • Considerable evidence of successful leadership and line management experience
    • A minimum of five years’ experience gained in an engineering environment is essential.
    • Evidence of well developed project management skills and multiple project/task management
    • Experience of FEA and CAD is desirable.
    • The jobholder must be computer literate.
    • A valid driving licence and a willingness to travel in the UK and abroad are also required.

    Numeric Ability

    • Required to have above average numeric skills and able to understand complex formulae.
    • Required to provide accurate documentation and to analyse information for reports.
    How to apply

    Apply and upload your CV and covering letter here.

    For more information call: 01308 456 666