Grafton Technology

Propulsion Systems Engineer 

Job Reference: GTL-2021-03-107

Location: Harwell, United Kingdom

Immediate start!

The role is a permanent position and the successful candidate will be based in Harwell, UK ( remote working could be arranged) 

The main duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Technically lead the propulsion subsystem activities (EP and/or CP) during Phase C/D/E for recurring satellite product line application programmes

  • Be the primary technical point of contact responsible for the propulsion subsystem on a project, interfacing with the PMO and satellite system teams in France, customer technical teams, AIT team and other subsystem experts, (such as Mech/Thermal, AOCS)

  • Support propulsion architects and subsystem technical leads with technical document preparation for projects, studies and bids on electric and/or chemical propulsion subsystem architectures & technologies
  • Interpret mission/customer specific and generic system level requirements and establishing the baseline technical requirements document (TRD) for the propulsion subsystem
  • Provide technical support to system level propulsion trade-offs for optimization of the satellite and mission design. 
  • Support the preparation of subsystem design justification for  major design reviews throughout the project life cycle 
  • Present subsystem design justification in major design reviews throughout the project life cycle in cooperation with the Program Management Office and other subsystems

  • Review and consolidate technical documentation through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (EQSR, PDR, CDR, MRR, TRR, QR, etc) 
  • Establishing integration and test plans and requirements for the subsystem Development and improvement of new analysis tools in specialised fluidic software (e.g. EcosimPro), and also in Excel, MATLAB, and Python. 
  • Performance analyses in support of non-conformance review board.
  • Prepare/update subsystem analysis reports through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (PDR, CDR, QR etc) 
  • Demonstrates systems engineering knowledge – across the “Systems V” – to achieve critical project outcomes to time, cost and quality 
  • Provide regular reporting of technical progress to the project and management team
  • Provide technical input to future propulsion developments and contribute to continuous improvement of products, systems and processes
  • Oversee the propulsion module manufacture and AIT activities 
  • Manage any anomalies or non-conformances occurring throughout the project life cycle at equipment or subsystem level with support from product engineers and technical experts and present technical status/progress in NCRs with the customer

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • Degree level qualification in a discipline associated with Space Engineering (such as aerospace/astronautics/mechanical engineering) or related subjects (such as physics).
  • 4-5 years' experience minimum.

Internal Relationships:

  • Head of Engineering for project status and escalation
  • Project Manager for definition of work packages and detailed project oversight of task delivery
  • Other engineering teams
  • Design Authority
  • Product Assurance Manager

Values & Behaviors:

  • Produce items to quality standards to meet customer / contractual requirements.
  • Provide all tasks and outputs, typically defined within a work package description, in conformance to agreed scope budget and schedules.
  • Build relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively with others to achieve project goals. 
  • Contribute to professional exchanges and develop the corporate expertise 
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