Aerospace & Defence

Enabling you to deliver on time, to cost and to specification for the long run.

Whilst Lean thinking and operational excellence is not new for the defence sector, much focus to date has been on tools and techniques rather than a combined approach that includes driving sustainable change in management systems and working practices. Working with some of the leading industry primes, S A Partners brings a more holistic approach to helping you to deliver sustainable Enterprise Excellence in a challenging market.

Whilst over the last few years, the sector has seen increasing government scale of support and funding, the requirement to continually do more with less is increasingly paramount. Industry and government driven funding for continual development across the entire supply and delivery network in operational excellence across the sector only demonstrates this requirement.

From a quality perspective the drive to minimise operational risk and build in sustainable systems for quality, safety & reliability has never been more important – this is not just about compliance, rather building a culture of quality and performance excellence that will sustain and support profitable growth.

Unlike short-termist efficiency programmes, our approach to operational excellence offers you the ability to improve customer performance and drive down cost whilst investing in your workforce to continually improve your business for the future.

How we can help?
With deep industry experience across the sector in manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain & R&D we can support you with achieve the operational and performance improvements you need through:

  • Enterprise Excellence & Lean implementation through deploying1 improvement systems, supportred by a strong leadership culture.
  • Driving a deep rooted cultural and behavioural change towards excellence throughout your organisation.
  • Quality Assurance and building a sustainable culture of quality that is clearly re-inforced by leadership and performance excellence.
  • Promoting and delivering excellence across the supply chain, including the support of funded SC21 & C&G programmes.
  • Implementing TPM principles to design and build culture and systems that generate high levels of productive output from your key assets.

ADS logoS A Partners are proud to be a member of ADS. ADS is the Premier Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors.

We are a quality driven organisation and as such we have successfully been accredited for the ISO9001:2015 Standard, Cyber Essentials Plus and JOSCAR approved.


S A Partners are delighted to be an approved supplier for the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth (C&G) funded programme. Leveraging our long history in both Supply Chain and Operational Excellence we have a team of skilled experts ready to help support your journey.

Using our model for Enterprise Excellence, S A Partners takes a balanced approach to training, coaching and implementation to ensure that training and skills development is truly embedded within the organization, is sustainable and delivers a return on investment. Our improvement coach (yellow, green & black belt levels), first line and senior leadership programmes and TPM support is all accredited via the Lean Competency System (LCS) leading to qualifications backed by Cardiff University.

Working with a number of tier 1 defense suppliers, the MOD and the Defense Supply Chain we bring industry best practice to businesses looking to truly drive a sustainable business improvement programme.

For more details on C & G modules supported and options for training delivery and workplace support then please contact our Aerospace and Defence team on:

Robin Jaques: +44(0)7977 131933

Megan James: +44(0)7967007452

Sector head, Robin Jaques talks about the Aerospace and Defence sector, and how we normally help organisations on their improvement journey.

“S A Partners is a dedicated training provider, who delivers a relevant and fun way of training. S A Partners focus’s on each individuals learning styles within the group to make everyone involved feel comfortable. All Questions asked where always taken seriously and answered with a helpful response. Our trainer Byron was particularly impressive, Ontic will definitely be using SA Partners in the future.”

Daisy Titmus, Manager, Ontic


“I’m currently living an availability dream for C-130Js & that’s because of the teamwork & relationship we have with Airbus Group AP. I know I can go in directly and touch the provider if I’m either satisfied or dissatisfied and I get an immediate response to it. So, to me, whilst there is a contract in writing, there is also a contracting relationship and that’s what I value out of your organisation, you recognise that there is a contract, but you will go beyond that and value the relationship you have with defence. And I’m not just saying that, I mean It”.

AIRCDRE W. McDonald Commander Air Mobility GroupRoyal Australian Air Force

A case study on supporting the Airbus Group AP lean journey

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S A Partners are affiliates of the Shingo Institute, and undertake Shingo Discover Excellence workshops that teach organisations how to identify and implement the necessary behaviours required that drive sustainable improvement and compete for the Shingo Prize

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LMR Global specialise in customised training against global industry requirements and standards. They have been supporting the Aviation, Space and Defence sector for over a decade.

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