Manufacturing Lead (Space Industry)

Kanata, ON/Remote
Added: February 9, 2024
For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for a Manufacturing Lead on our Robotics and Space Operations team at our Kanata office.

Robotics & Space Operations: With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true. As our Manufacturing Lead, you will coordinate manufacturing resources to ensure the successful, on-time delivery of company products to the customer. Responsibilities include managing manufacturing staff, equipment and resources for the assembly, integration and test of products.

Basic Duties And Responsibilities

  • Assumes responsibility for executing site priorities for the manufacturing group
  • Interfaces with operational and technical groups to understand upcoming deadlines and plan work to achieve them
  • Support Manufacturing Manager and Engineers in the development of manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment
  • Writes and approves production orders and instructions based on product designs
  • Supports the improvement of manufacturing efficiency by analyzing and planning work flow, space requirements, and equipment layout
  • Assures product and process quality by designing testing methods; testing finished- product and process capabilities; establishing standards; confirming manufacturing processes
  • Supports manufacturing decision-making information by calculating production, labour, and material costs, reviewing production schedules and estimating future requirements
  • Prepares product & process reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information & trends
  • Provides manufacturing engineering information by answering questions and requests
  • Completes design and development projects by training and guiding technicians
  • Works to maximize the company’s ability to achieve cost effective design and/or manufacture of company products
  • Plans and implements manufacturing best practices and institute changes required of impacted systems (i.e. information technology, processes, etc.)
  • Manages and ensures product delivery
  • Other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Manufacturing Manager

Lead Responsibilities

  • Lead functional teams includes:
    • Developing plans towards continuous improvement
    • Recommends broader procedural changes to improve effectiveness of the group
    • Participating in the technical work within the team by overseeing and advising others and by contributing directly to the development of solutions
    • Coordinating and reporting on the schedule of deliverables agreed to for the team

  • A university degree or college diploma in engineering or equivalent
  • CAD and SoildWorks expertise
  • Understanding of Mechanical Design
  • Familiarity with mechanical assembly procedures and tools
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods and procedures, project management, work flow analysis, assembly processes and customer requirements as they related to products under development
  • Knowledge of manufacturing quality
  • Experience in a multidisciplinary Engineering/Manufacturing environment
  • 2 years of leadership skills including the ability to inspire confidence and create trust
  • Team player and demonstrates a high level of integrity
  • 6-10 years of relevant experience
  • Eligible to obtain Secret Level II Clearance

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

Comments/Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits Statement

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

COVID Statement

COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used. This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.