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Graduate Semiconductor Process Engineer - 2391

Job Ref :2391
Category :Graduate
Duration :Permanent
Salary :Competitive
No. Jobs :Multiple
Location :Southampton

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Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?


Leonardo has an award winning Graduate Programme that develops promising young graduates into engineers and business professionals of the future.

Job Description


As a member of the growing Production Engineering group the role of Graduate Semiconductor Process Engineer is to support the introduction of New Products into manufacturing and to provide support to the manufacturing team.

The role is within the Semiconductor Engineering team, who support the manufacture of high performance infra-red detecting arrays and will be required to interface with all areas of the Company and with sub-contractors, to establish and improve manufacturing processes in order that they achieve the required cost and quality.


Key Responsibilities

  • Initially working with others you will develop your understanding of the manufacturing processes before becoming responsible for a range of processes and their effectiveness.
  • Processes supported by the team include photolithography, vacuum deposition, chemical etching, precision alignment bond bonding, wirebonding, adhesive bonding and associated metrology techniques.
  • Solve day to day manufacturing problems and resolve production stops in a timely manner.
  • Monitor process performance in terms of yield, time, capacity and quality. Identify, plan and implement innovative process improvements using a data based approach to justify changes.
  • Update documentation and train manufacturing staff in new techniques.
  • Report and communicate to all levels of the organisation in an appropriate manner.
  • Early involvement with Engineering & Design Office to ensure that products and processes are adequately designed for manufacture.
  • Plan and implement manufacturing strategies, adopting Lean Manufacturing principles.

Role Requirements


All our roles require predicted minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. (physics, engineering or sciences).

  • Previous manufacturing experience and knowledge of six-sigma lean improvement techniques and data analysis would be an advantage.
  • The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, resourceful and tenacious graduate, with the ability to utilise problem solving skills in the resolution of challenges. A confident outgoing personality with the stature and presence to hold their own in a challenging operational environment.
  • You must be able to satisfy the necessary security clearance for the role applied for and meet a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

Leonardo is  an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented graduates who want to work at the forefront of our technology.  With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.


Our 2 year Graduate Programme


On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will unlock a wealth of development opportunities and further learning. You will receive mentoring, coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and accreditation from your professional body.


We have created a programme across our UK sites that value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking. We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.


What’s in it for me?


Leonardo values their people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & welcome bonus
  • Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility) & 3 performance related pay reviews within the 2 years
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme

What can I expect from my working environment?


You will be working within world class facilities regardless of which site you are based.  Dependent on your role, you may be working in an office or lab environment or a combination of both. There may also be opportunities to travel between different sites and to meet with customers and suppliers.  Occasionally you may also travel abroad.


What are you waiting for?


A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. Come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around.


Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment. Roles will be closed as soon as they are offered!