Satellite Test Shift Lead

  • Location

    Stevenage, Hertfordshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Mechanical Engineering

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  • Salary:

    Up to £35.00 per hour + 20% shift uplift

  • Contact:

    Steve Roberts

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Job Summary
Acts as 'Shift lead' to support projects in both mechanical and electrical disciplines, responsible for the day-to-day planning of the Assembly Integration and Test shift team.

REPORTING TO: AIT Programme Manager (Satellite AIT)

RELATIONSHIPS: AIT Project Team (Operations Team, AIT Project Manager, Team Lead, Quality Assurance, AIT Engineering - mechanical and electrical).

Job Profile
* Drive and continuously monitor the Assembly Production Schedule supporting the 'GO' meetings and agreeing tasks between the relevant leads
* Ensure that all information (e.g. drawings), materials and labour are available for the planned tasks
* Agree schedule with PFM Lead and AIT Manager
* Communication of day-to-day AIT activities with Electrical and Mechanical Lead Engineers
* Ensure that the shift team are adhering to the department processes (ACS's, Logs, using validated equipment etc)
* Ensuring that all H & S issues are taken into account
* Monitor skills matrix as appropriate
* Liaise with major SUB CO's when they are onsite supporting AIT work
* Support NCR reviews
* Monitor progress on ACS's, Procedures, NCR investigations, rework etc.
* Interface with the facility manager, to have an awareness of all activities ongoing in the BCF
* Ensure that the Open Item Register is kept up-to-date and that the work is implemented as soon as possible
* Perform an active role in "lessons learned" to improve processes
* Work to company and departmental procedures and maintain adherence to EN 9001

Skills and Experience
* Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Production Engineering
* Good understanding and detailed experience of all types of mechanical and electrical systems. Including but not limited to:
* Production planning and MRP systems such as SAP
* Spacecraft AIT
* Mechanical / electrical processes including detailed assembly, wiring and fitting
* Mechanical handling of equipment / Satellites
* Interfacing with project, customers and suppliers in an assertive but diplomatic manner
* Good time management
* Practical and proactive with a quality driven approach with high attention to detail
* High self-motivation and ability to deal with changing priorities on a multi discipline basis
* Good planning skills and process competence (SAP/BOM system experience an advantage)
* Good communication skills, both written and verbal

* Awareness of 'cleanroom' disciplines
* Experience in working in a biologically controlled clean cleanroom and planetary protection an advantage, but not essential
* High mechanical / electrical skills and relevant experience
* Previous experience of leadership and spacecraft builds is a distinct advantage
* Proven interpersonal skills in managing a small team
* Understanding of electrical tests and health checks
* Able to support out of normal hours work using the "on call" rota process
* Work overtime and shifts which cover weekends

REQUIRED QUALIFICATION LEVEL: Degree level in a Mechanical / Electrical discipline. A lesser qualification is acceptable if a high level of similar industry experience can be demonstrated.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT / INDUSTRY: Office and cleanroom environment (including Bio-controlled facility) / Space, Aerospace.