Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) Group Leader – Space Industry
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
Salary £48,202 - £61,592 plus excellent benefits
The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and cutting-edge technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operate at the very forefront of UK Space Research.
RAL Space was recently awarded £99m from the UK Government to develop the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF), which is now in the early construction phase. This state-of-the-art facility will provide a world class set of co-located facilities for the assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites. Once completed, the NSTF will have the capability to conduct Thermal, Vibration, Acoustic, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and antennae testing for payloads up to 7 tonnes within clean room conditions.
This significant new investment adds to the existing facilities operated by RAL Space department, part of STFC, within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). We offer a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.
About The Role
We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) Group Leader to join us to take the lead on the operation of the existing and planned TVAC testing facilities.
This is a great opportunity to build and lead a large team of test engineers and to shape the operation of the facilities and the test campaigns from the beginning. Your role will be to hold overall technical responsibility for agreeing the test programme from bid stage onwards through to successful delivery.
With the majority of the facilities to be expected to operate to ECSS-Q-ST-20-07C, the TVAC Group Leader will work closely with the RAL Space Quality function to ensure compliance through the lifetime of the facilities. An important part of this key role will be engaging with the users of the facility and the wider testing community to keep abreast of the latest technical developments and then championing and driving technical developments in the facility.
If you have dedicated experience of operating Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) test facilities as well as previous experience of managing and providing technical leadership to medium/large sized teams in this field, then we would really like to hear from you.
You may be educated to degree level (or equivalent) or you may have a vocational qualification. As well as experience in this area, what’s important to us is that you have excellent communication skills, with the ability to engage and influence on a technical basis with a wide range of customers. A dedicated, self-motivated and positive approach is key with the ability to motivate and empower others as this exciting new project moves forwards.
Experience of working under defined quality assurance practices such ECSS-Q-ST-20-07C is highly desirable and if you already have significant experience of managing a test function of a similar scale and complexity, then get in touch!
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Applications are received by UKSBS and we ask that you please include a cover letter outlining your suitability for this role and where you saw it advertised. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
The closing date for applications is 17th February 2019, however applications may be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.