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​Work Location:
MEL Aviation Ltd – Sudbury, Suffolk

The MEL Group are family run, with a realistic goal to be a £100 million a year business. We are a total engineering solution provider to the global aerospace and defence market and to industry in general.

An opportunity has arisen for a Group Engineering Estimator to join the team at MEL Aviation based in Sudbury, Suffolk.


The role is to provide a centre of excellence for estimating, tooling and labour associated with the manufacture of commercial and aerospace machined components and assemblies.

The role will provide co-ordination of multiple projects simultaneously.


  • Experienced mechanical engineer with an indentured apprenticeship, or the equivalent skills and experience
  • Ability to read engineering drawings
  • At least 5 years previous estimating experience (within an engineering and fabrication environment) Ideally an Estimator within a multi discipline manufacturing environment, specialising in high precision components
  • Familiar with manufacturing processes, raw material specifications and costing methodologies
  • Exceptional commercial awareness


  • Receive multiple packs of engineering drawings and estimate labour cost for high precision components using CNC turning, CNC milling, including 5 axis, grinding, fabrications, welding (including TIG, MIG, and ARC), brasing. Using materials Steel, Aluminium, Titanium, Nickel Alloys, Plastics and Castings in a timely manner to meet quote deadlines
  • Ability to source/quote for all types of plating and paint finish and create bill of materials where none exists
  • Liaise effectively with customers throughout each project, maintaining the MEL Group’s reputation for commitment and professionalism
  • To identify opportunities for increased cost effectiveness
  • Plan, organise and accurately monitor workload to meet strict deadlines


  • Proven attained professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Planning and organisational skills – ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Excellent team worker, with the ability and self-discipline to work alone effectively
  • Able to retain commercial awareness
  • Maintains a professional attitude and thrives by keeping calm and controlled when working in
    demanding and pressurised environments
  • Adaptable and flexible in approach to change
  • A proactive decision maker with established problem solving skills
  • Ability to use conceptual thinking and awareness to generate new ideas
  • Highly driven, self-motivated and focused on achieving best possible results
  • Meticulous attention to detail, methodical approach to work ensuring accuracy at all times
  • Exceptional working knowledge of EXCEL
  • Analytical skills
  • Confident and honest approach, with a positive attitude to customer service (both internal and external customers)
  • Excellent level of mathematical skills


Dependent on skills and relevant experience

This is a permanent role, Monday to Friday, working 40 hours per week with a daily 1-hour lunch break.

In return, you will have the support to develop and grow within an ever-expanding company, with benefits such as 23 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension scheme and free parking.