Senior Lead AIT Engineer

Job Reference: GTL-2019-09-103

Location: Guildford, United Kingdom

Primary Purpose of the Role:

Working as part of the spacecraft mission team to progress the Spacecraft or Payload through the in house Assembly, Integration & Test process and external Environmental Test Phase.

Task and Responsibilities:

  • Work as a key member of the Core Project team, with the Project manager, AIT Manager and Systems Engineer to deliver fully tested payload and spacecraft.
  • Manage test operators and responsible engineers activities on the payload or spacecraft in line with system level schedules and requirements, deputising these roles when required
  • Provide documentation and present at design, test and project reviews for both internal and external audiences
  • Facilitate and schedule for core AIT support equipment’s:
    • Electrical Ground Support Equipment
    • Mechanical Ground Support Equipment
    • Test equipment definition
    • Spacecraft and payload harness definition
    • Ground Test cable definition
  • Facilitate and schedule all AIT and EVT phase activities
  • AIT Unit Integration and Test
  • AIT System Integration and Test
  • EVT test campaigns and logistics
  • Implement Test Plans flowing down from system level requirements:
    • Unit level integration and testing plans at system level
    • System and subsystem level Integration & Testing plans
  • Implement test procedures flowing down from test plans and traceable to system level requirements:
    • Oversee and participate in system level testing
    • Act as an expert spacecraft system operator
  • Ensure company engineering policies and practices are implemented on the project.
  • Oversee and maintain tidiness and safe working practices in the AIT clean room
  • Liaise with mission team and external customers
  • Support ground segment commissioning and LEOP activities
  • Support of training programmes for both internal & customer engineers

Skills & Experience :

  • Degree or HND/HNC in engineering or science discipline
  • Working with spaceflight hardware, including integrated system testing at spacecraft level
  • Detailed test planning and scheduling
  • Working with verification / validation of requirements
  • Experience of managing test teams in very dynamic environments
  • Experience working with high power Navigation or Communications payloads would be advantageous
  • Good understanding of scripting and operation of EGSE systems advantageous
  • Good software and database knowledge (C++, Visual Basic, Labview, PHP, Javascript and MySQL)
  • Good general electrical & electronics background
  • Knowledge and understanding of material usage in spaceflight environment
  • Hands on knowledge and experience of electronic test equipment usage including RF / communications
  • Proactive problem solver with drive to chase issues through to their conclusion
  • Practical and proven hands–on abilities for both flight build as well as ground and development test activities
  • Ability to manage larger work packages or projects and associated resourcing, planning and facility negotiations
  • Good team working skills, together with the ability to interface with others at all levels
  • Demonstrable strong attention to detail and ensuring that the finished sub-systems/systems will function as designed
  • Strong judgment skill in order to work independently and effectively in ambiguous situations
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office products, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel along with proficiency in use of Microsoft Project.
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Must be prepared to work irregular hours, weekends and shifts
  • A flexible, pragmatic attitude to work, planning and interactions with others is required along with a well-developed sense of humour.
  • Overseas travel is required in this role to support testing in customer premises & test facilities in locations worldwide
  • Full, clean driving licence preferred
  • Able to demonstrate company mindsets; accountability, one team, customers and projects rule and audacity

Requirements of this post are to hold, or have held in the last 5 years, an EU based personal Security clearance and to be a citizen of one of the member states of the European Union or the Schengen association countries