Environmental Test Manager
at Ultra Electronics

Date Posted: 28/09/2018

Job Description

Ultra Electronics, Communication & Integrated Systems (Ultra CIS) is one of the larger UK based Ultra businesses and is operationally run as four business units: Information Assurance, Secure Communications, EWST and Surveillance & Security Systems. These business units are underpinned by a shared services structure which incorporates finance, HR, operations and communications. Across Ultra CIS we provide encryption, network protection, automated payments, tactical and commercial communications and telemetry systems, covert and mobile surveillance systems and situational awareness technology to defence, public sector and commercial customers worldwide.

Job Purpose:
Providing team leadership to the Environmental Test team, ensuring projects are completed on time, within budget and to the required quality of both internal and external customers.

Scope / dimensions:
Leading a team of up to 3 Environmental Test Engineers, this person will be looking after multiple projects at a time; developing test schedule, writing test plans and procedures and providing hands-on testing support as and when required.

Key Responsibilities:
• Ensure that all work within their function is of sufficient quality and is carried out according to the correct processes and procedures such as MIL-STD, DEF STAN, RTCA.
• Provide line management to all employees within their function (i.e. conducts appraisals, career development discussions, provides input to salary review).
• Liaise with design engineering teams to agree and define test strategies and procedures.
• Preparation and execution of test regimes, strategies and schedules for required testing; monitor progress against these and liaise with Engineering Project Leads and Project Managers.
• Provide support in the design of test set-ups, jigs and fixtures.
• Write technical acceptable test reports for internal and external customers in line with company specifications.
• Review and sign-off significant technical documents; chair technical reviews. Ensuring appropriate set-up and operation of environmental test equipment such as Vibration Shakers, Ovens and Climatic Chambers etc.
• Maintenance and control of the environmental test laboratory.
• Ensure that equipment maintenance contracts are in place and renewed as and when required.
• Support Bids and Proposals and PV activities.
• Define and improve processes, practices, methodologies and tools for their function; ensuring that these are rolled-out effectively.
• Manage security of information as defined in the Security manual.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• Proven experience of previous environmental working practice and environmental testing methods and equipment for military (ground and air-borne) and commercial products.
• In-depth understanding of the relevant DEF-STAN and MIL-STD standards and specifications.
• Able to interact effectively with internal customers and external suppliers, such as 3rd party test houses, suppliers of environmental test equipment and maintenance companies.
• Ability to independently and accurately compile test reports.
• Ability to design and optimise test fixtures and test set-ups.
• Ability to review documents and drawings to ensure clear communication of key parameters.

• HNC Qualified (or equivalent) - Engineering Discipline (or equivalent on-the-job experience).
• Ability to obtain SC Clearance.

Problem Solving:
Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at first answers.

Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into process steps; develops schedules; anticipates and adjusts for problems; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.

Written & Verbal Communications:
Is able to communicate clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.

Timely Decision Making:
Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.

Decision Quality:
Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently arranges information and files in a useful manner.

Action Orientated:
Enjoys working hard; action orientated and full of energy for things he/she sees as challenging; not afraid of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.

Functional/Technical Skills:
Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Learning on the fly:
Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Managing and measuring work:
Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work.

Customer Focus:
Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Interpersonal savvy:
Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organisation; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high tension situations comfortably.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot acknowledge or respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please assume you have, unfortunately, not been successful. 

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About Us

Ultra has established an excellent track record of winning new business worldwide and delivering customer satisfaction through the successful execution of contracts, despite the challenges of international competition. This success has only been possible by all involved in the business working together to meet our customers’ needs in an efficient and innovative manner.

The success which Ultra achieves in innovating to meet customer needs is based on the broad range of skills and capabilities of the Group’s employees. Ultra understands this and recognises that the Group’s ‘right’ people are its most important asset. Ultra strives for an efficient organisation with engaged and competent people.

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