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Test Systems Manager (408jc)

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Location: Greenford
Salary: £ Competitive
Vacancy type: Permanent
Sectors: Electronics
Placed by: Ex-Mil Recruitment
As part of a large group of companies, our Client is a UK based solutions provider and systems integrator operating in the Defence and Aerospace markets, delivering world leading products, solutions and services to their national and international customers.

They are currently seeking to recruit audacious and highly capable people to work on cutting edge technologies and inspire their up and coming team members to deliver best in class results.
At the Company you will:
• be part of an agile organisation, with the ability to make a real difference
• have the opportunity to be involved in multiple domains and projects, throughout the engineering lifecycle
• work in a dynamic environment, with the ability to make significant personal impact
• have exposure to all functional and business areas, with opportunities to broaden your knowledge
• be in an environment where talent is recognised and promoted, independent of experience
• have the opportunity to work on exciting new product developments
• work for the dominant provider of UK surface ship Anti-Submarine Warfare solutions, with many related export opportunities

Job purpose:
The Test Systems Manager is responsible for the development and commissioning of test equipment including the corresponding safety considerations, documentation and maintenance aspects. This will require working closely with Development Project Teams to define Product Test requirements and ensure Design for Manufacture / Design for Test Issues are considered. It will entail working with Manufacturing to integrate Test Equipment into current Production Cells, with a focus on minimizing Production Costs and Times.
Manage the Test Systems Department to achieve delivery of required test equipment within budget and to project timescales.

Key responsibilities:
• Development, construction and procuring of Production Test Equipment in line with the requirements defined by Engineering. The solutions generated: to benefit for purpose, robust and cost effective. This will involve specifying Hardware, developing Software, commissioning programming PCBs.
• Ensure Test Equipment complies with Company Health and Safety guidelines; this includes organising safety Reviews and Risk Assessments.
• Ensure Test Documentation, User Manuals and Build Records are kept updated.
• Write, approve and issue Test Specifications/ Procedures according to the Company Document Configuration Processes.
• Work with Engineering to help resolve technical issues that may arise during the development of a product.
• Monitor the test times within the product cost: where appropriate, implement improvements to test equipment and processes that result in efficiency improvements.
• Manage and plan the department workload, this includes resourcing and resolving priority conflict issues. Reporting on estimated delivery dates and adherence to costs targets.
• Work with the supplier base delivering to Operations, to assess if they have appropriate test equipment.
• Give accurate estimates of test equipment costs required for the Bid Process.
• Create business cases for investment in new test equipment.
• Represent Test at Design Reviews and Project Meetings; to -ensure all Test and Acceptance activities are identified and designs are optimized in line with OFT considerations.
• Manage direct reports, highlighting any development/ training needs and monitoring if targets are being met.
• Manage third part test equipment suppliers.
• Attend Production daily stand-ups, giving status updates on priorities. resources, equipment, documentation and user training.
• Provide Test operator training on product testing and fault finding.
• Take responsibility for in-house Test equipment, ensuring it is fully logged, labelled, calibrated, serviced and safety tested

Competencies
Integrity and Trust
• Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn't misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
Interpersonal Savvy
• Relates well to all kinds of people—up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
Managerial Courage
• Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Organisational Agility
• Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures; understands the cultures of organizations.
Organizing
• 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.
Perseverance
• Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
Perspective
• Looks toward the broadest possible view of an issue/challenge; has broad-ranging personal and business interests and pursuits; can easily pose future scenarios; can think globally; can discuss multiple aspects and impacts of issues and project them into the future.
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 the first answers.

Requirements:
• 5-10 years of experience in a Test Engineering in a Production environment
• Demonstrable experience with Development/ Provision/ Management of Test Facilities, ideally within the Defence
• Experience of departmental management e.g. control departmental budget and conducting employee performance reviews.
• Knowledge of Analogue and Digital electronics, Signal Processing and RF Techniques.
• Knowledge of appropriate programming applications (e.g. NI l abVIEW ) and ATE hardware (GPIB, PXI and USB based hardware) is essential.
• SC level Security Clearance is mandatory for this role

Benefits
The Company offers a competitive salary, bonus scheme based on company profit/cash targets, 25 days’ holiday with the option to buy additional 5 days, a flexible Company benefits scheme you can tailor to suit your needs, competitive Pension Scheme with Life Assurance, flexible start/finish times, a confidential Employee Support Helpline, free car parking

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