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Paint Shop Supervisor

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies in the world delivering innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.

Since 1909, we have been valued for our integrity, performance and customer focus which we have demonstrated through our innovative solutions and ability to deliver on time and to cost.

We specialise in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, alongside defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture.  Our capabilities include engineering design, manufacture, test and the provision of personnel, training and advice, whilst providing maintenance, integration and product support. 

Within our land systems capability, we have designed, manufactured, delivered and supported more than 5000 tactical shelters in over 200 different configurations. 

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies that employs over 6,000 people with a turnover in excess of £2.7bn.

We are a respected total solutions provider for the military and commercial sectors.

Job Description

Reporting to the Paint Shop Manager, the Paint Shop Supervisor role is as follows:-

  • To play a proactive role in supporting the Paint Shop Manager, ensuring that all Marshall Land Systems projects are delivered on time, within budget and to the highest quality standard.

  • Supervision and guidance to other operators within the team, ensuring Paint and Quality standards are maintained.

  • To ensure MLS paint shop processes and procedures are maintained.

  • Ensure all operators are working in line with MADG Health and Safety management systems.

  • Take a proactive lead in continuous improvements to include lean and 5s procedures ensure a clean compliant work area is maintained at all times.

  • Ensure equipment and tooling required is available and maintained.

  • Attend and support production meetings.

  • Assist the Paint Shop Manager with paint shop performance and Key Performance Indicators.

  • Management of Paint shop staff in their daily duties.

  • Management of daily time sheets.

  • Ensure that history cards are completed at time of work.

  • Ensure high standards of housekeeping.

  • Requisitioning paint and materials for shop floor.

  • Completing on-line repair slips, for plant and tool maintenance. 

  • Timely responses to inspection reports.

  • Highlight and manage abnormalities.

  • Implement and maintain department processes and systems.

  • Liaise with internal suppliers and customers to ensure compliance with programmes.

  • Audit spray booths to ensure that they are working at correct time and temperature.


  • City and Guilds Apprenticeship (or equivalent) in Paint Spraying.

  • I.O.S.H. Qualification in Managing Safely (desirable but training will be given)


  • Competent supervisory Skills and ability to communicate and lead an individual or team.

  • Understanding of Paint methods and processes.

  • Competent understanding paint products and systems.

  • Understand planning methods and skills.

  • Good written and verbal skills.

  • Ability to interact with all members of the team and possible customer interface.

  • Competent I.T. skills i.e. Word, Excel.


  • Substantial experience in Vehicle painting or equivalent trade, including working for MOD paint shops.

  • Consistent proven application to related tasks with a strong positive attitude.

  • Understanding of policies and procedures required to supervise a team within a Paint shop environment.

  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing and 5s techniques.

  • Awareness of Health and Safety, Fire and Environmental Policies.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either a SC (Security Check), Disclosure Scotland Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.