Qualification Engineering Discipline Manager (Aerospace / Defence)

17 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
We are a multibillion-dollar specialist Aerospace and Defence company who have been providing the Ministries of Defence, integrators and manufacturers with specialist inertial sensing and avionics systems for over 60 years.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Project Engineering Discipline Manager / Qualification Discipline manager to join our team on a permanent basis.

You will lead multi discipline teams through all projects within the business, these include all areas of the product life cycle; from product development supporting build to print operations.

Please Note: The role will require regular travel to Plymouth / Bristol sites and may include travel to foreign customer sites to support technical meetings, trials and programme reviews.

Key Responsibilities:

* Delivering both Line Management and support to development project activities; with the split being 25/75.

* Develop the functions capacity to meet current and future project demands of the business for the team

* Allocation of team individuals to development projects in conjunction with the Development Programme Manager

* Management of the team member's activities and coordination of the Qualification team's activities ensuring that projects are delivered to schedule, cost and quality

* Identify and address recruitment needs and recruit as appropriate to achieve capacity & skill requirements

* Interface with Process Discipline Chiefs and in particular the Qualification Discipline Chief

Develop individuals to enable career opportunities and deliver future needs including:

* Skills and training

* Training & development plans

* Performance Connections

* Pulse Survey action plans

* Autotime - booked hours / holiday management

Development project responsibilities

* Active team member of our development project from a Qualification perspective

* Technical Lead of Qualification process during Project lifecycle with responsibility to manage and execute qualification testing, analysis of test results and delivery of technical reports showing level of compliance

* System requirement analysis, generation of qualification documents (Qual Plan, Qual Procedure, Qual Report) and compliance tracking

* Providing inputs to planning, estimation and project management in relation to qualification activities

* Support to customer Test Readiness Review both internal and external

* Support to Bids and Proposals, resourcing and technical compliance

* Support the development of existing and future testing capabilities within the qualification team

Skills and Experience Required:

* Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a similar Engineering discipline or equivalent demonstrable knowledge and/or experience.

* Ability to lead and direct a team to deliver it responsibilities for the business

* Ability to manage a team of engineers spread across different working sites

* Ability to project manage the tasks and activities that the team is responsible for

* Ability to develop the careers of individuals within teams

* Experience working in an engineering role on product design and verification to military, aerospace and commercial standards.

* Experience of the new product introduction lifecycle with a particular focus on verification and qualification

Desirable Skills and Experience includes at least some of the following:

* Basic Mechanical / Electrical knowledge is required

* Competent in technical report writing and presentations

* Knowledge of analysis tools ( eg Matlab / Minitab)

* Project Management lead experience

* A team player and effective communicator


Salary flexible dependant on seniority level / 37.5 Hours / 25 days holiday (Increases with years of service up to 30 days) / Private Medical Insurance / Private Pension Scheme / Income Protection Scheme / Life Assurance / Flexible Benefits including dental insurance, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, give as you earn scheme, Tastecard, discount card, health screening, eye testing

In accordance with our 'Baseline Security' requirements, will request from candidates evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK, and employment and/or education history for up to three years, in relation to certain roles within the business.

These relate to positions where access to export-controlled items, (e.g. Technical data, hardware, software, and services subject to international trade control laws and regulations) and internal IT Systems may apply.

For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

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