- Senior Design Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for a Senior Design Engineer to join our busy client over in Yeovil. If you are looking for a new career with new challenges then this could be the role you are looking for! Key Responsibilities: •As a part of the team you will help develop production ready designs that meet the customer requirement specification. •Ensure all design and project activity is carried out to Company procedures or overriding customer requirements. •When directed to be the project owner you will be responsible for design file management, project resource management, project schedule adherence and project budget management. You will be expected to provide monthly reports to the Engineering Manager on project performance and coordinate design reviews. •Provide timely engineering responses to Technical Queries. •Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and ensure that the Engineering process is adhered to. •Prepare technical proposals and quotations under the direction of the Engineering Manager. Check analysis, technical reports and Engineering Instructions. •Technically direct junior Design colleagues and contractors, and provide coaching and advice as needed. •Support design data related import and export requests for the Data Control department to both suppliers and customers. •Undertake continuous personal development and keep abreast of industry specific design engineering developments and innovation. •Other tasks as required in support of company strategy, as directed by the Engineering Manager. Key Skills and Qualifications: •Relevant Engineering further education or equivalent experience and further professional training. •Proven design engineering experience using a relevant design tool. •Good understanding of 3D CAD software (preferably CATIA V5). •Working knowledge of typical design office procedures. •Understanding of composite materials and ability to generate design solutions to meet technical specifications under the direction of the Engineering Manager. •Ability to provide design led input to engineering review meetings. •Communicates assertively and professionally at all levels with internal & external contacts; demonstrates strong verbal & written communication and presentation skills. •Able to direct, coach and influence the performance of junior colleagues. •Highly accurate, strong attention to detail and methodical approach; able to write thorough and clear reports. •Must be results-driven and have the ability to manage multiple priorities, working to tight deadlines. •Computer literate in MS Office software. •A good team player with a flexible attitude to work load. Key Words: Design Engineer, Composite, Catia V5, 3D PLM, Aerospace, YeovilRead more
- Account Executive
Are you a self-motivated, target driven and enterprising individual with a strong sales background? Are you looking for that next challenge in your career? KDC is working with a pioneering, market leading company in the Cyber Security sector whose focus is to defend international companies against some of the worlds most sophisticated cyber-threats. Our client is looking to transform the cyber-security sector with the world's first autonomous response software. Our client is currently expanding it's sales organisation to accommodate a rapidly-growing customer base and accelerating revenue. This position offers significant commission-earning potential, fast paced career development, and numerous opportunities for personal achievement. Key Duties & Responsibilities of the role: • Prospect accounts for new business, manage existing accounts and deliver upsells and renewals • Establish and work with partners in your territory • Present and demonstrate cyber threat defence solutions to CISOs and information security experts • Attend marketing events and security conferences • Work closely with Subject Matter Experts, Technical Account Managers and Cyber Threat Analysts who will support you in delivering Proof of Values (POVs) to prospective customers For this role you need to be tenacious, driven and have the following skill set: • Experience of working in a target driven environment, ideally in a sales (Essential) • Strong analytical and organisational skills (Essential) • Be a team player but with the ability to operate autonomously and take independent decisions (Essential) • Goal orientated with the ability to self-motivate (Essential) • Experience in a high-growth business environment or start-up (Desirable) • Minimum 2:1 from a leading University If you are looking for a challenging with uncapped commission working with a growing, international business based in Munich that has plenty of scope for progression, then this is the role for you.Read more
- Technical Author
Are you an experienced technical author with a strong background in rotary aircraft? KDC is currently working with a long-running, family run business based in Austria that is looking for a technical author who will write technical documentation for medical system installation for rotary aircrafts. Your role will involve: • Creating technical documentation for medical emergency services product installation to be used in small jets and rotary aircraft. • Work closely with Development team • Work on documentation for wide breadth of aircraft complying with CS27 & CS29 standards • Streamline and re-work older projects What you will have: • 4 years' experience as a technical author for rotary aircraft • Fluent English • Full understanding of CS27 & CS29 standards • Good Microsoft Office skills • Happy to work in a fast-paced environment • Able to communicate effectively in a small team Does working with a family run business looking to grow and helps save lives sound appealing to you? If so, then please apply to learn more about this exciting opportunity.Read more
- Senior System Engineer
We are working with one of our local clients on a submarine system certification role. We have a need for multiple systems engineers with a background in defense, marine or aerospace. This is to complete the certification of submarine systems, but would NOT involve the engineers to complete any testing, this will be completed for them by the test engineers. Project Description: - Certification of products to meet standards BS EN 60950 & 62368. - Producing declarations of conformity. - Requirements and acceptance. - EMC and RoHS directives. Essential Skills: - Solution Development. - proactive mind-set. - Electrical Design advantageous. - product compliance experience advantageous. - report and documentation writing experience essential within a systems engineering environment. feel free to send your CV or get in touch for a chat: Alex @ KDC - 01202 596375 email@example.comRead more
- RF Test Technician
RF Test Technician KDC are currently seeking an RF Test Technician for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. Based in Portsmouth, this role will give you the chance to travel to other UK and International sites! This exciting opportunity will give you the chance to work within a team of Technicians performing unit electrical integration, and RF performance testing on satellite payloads and instruments, using Automated Test Equipment (ATE) and manual test equipment. Reporting to the Manager of Payload AIT Electrical Test, you will be responsible for performing electrical test activities throughout all test phases of the project life-cycle Key skills and experiences: -Automated test experience/RF measurement techniques in high reliability manufacturing/ test area related to communication equipment. -Electrical and RF communication engineering and measurement techniques, working to test procedures. -Practical/hands on relevant COTS Electrical and RF measurement instruments (Oscilloscopes, multi-meters, Power Meters, Spectrum Analysers, Network analysers, PNA/PNA-X and signal Generators) As a successful applicant you with need to have/apply and receive a disclosure Scotland certificate. Pay rate £23/hr-£25/hr If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596366.Read more
- Senior Safety and Reliability Engineer
Frankfurt am Main
Are you a driven and ambitious Safety Engineer with the ambition to redefine urban mobility? Are you looking for a new opportunity that will truly challenge you? KDC is working with a futuristic aerospace company in Germany that has assembled a team of world class engineers who are currently working on developing a fully autonomous eVTOL aircraft. They have successfully completed several test flights and have developed state of the art R&D facilities. Our client is currently looking for a Safety and Reliability Expert to manage system safety assessments such as FHA, CCA, FTA as well as performing system reliability assessments such as FMEA. You'll be defining the safety objectives for systems and subsystem functions. This role will put you in charge of safety while retaining an exciting hands-on element. Candidates will be able to define their own activities as the subject matter expert and will have the freedom to pursue the development of state-of-the-art technologies. Our client offers a career where you'll have the chance to work with the most advanced technologies available within electric aviation, as well as the opportunity to progress within a highly ambitious business where the mission is to take on the future's most complex engineering challenges. Want to find out how you could be involved? Click apply for more details.Read more
- Junior Project Manager
Job Title: Junior Project Manager KDC have an incredibly rare opportunity to seek a Junior Project Manager for a Global Leader in Aeronautics, Defence and Space. This opportunity will give the you chance to develop your skill base and travel around the world frequently. You will be someone who is pro active, enthusiastic and can learn on the job quickly. You will also have a risk understanding background and possess great IT skills. You would have the opportunity to join this global leader and develop your Project Management skills over a 2 year contract initially. Once successfully in the role, there would be the potential of multiple year extensions. This role also offers international travel to places such as Madrid to follow and learn under their highly experienced managers where they will train/mentor/develop you into an incredibly talented and skilled Project Manager. If you hold a Prince2 Qualification this would be something that stands out however isn't a necessity. If this is the perfect role for you please apply directly or contact myself on 01202 596366.Read more
- Head Of Systems
Head of Systems KDC Projects KDC Projects support OEM companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge engineering projects. We currently require a Head of Systems to support our engineering function and grow our capability within the Engineering Services division. You will work within our established Engineering Services Division dealing with multiple projects ensuring delivery to time, cost and specification/quality whilst managing risk. The Head of Systems will be a dynamic, committed and enthusiastic member of the engineering services team, who will report to the Operations Manager. The role is to develop customer relationships and ensure that our delivered solutions meet our clients exacting standards both in terms of technical acceptance and commercial value. The Head of Systems has Technical Management responsibility for the projects and works with the Operations Manager to ensure delivery to quality and budget. Key responsibilities: Project Strategy - In conjunction with the Operations Manager the Head of Systems will be responsible for the development of the strategies for delivering to quality, cost and on time delivery on the projects undertaken by the office. Project Support - The Head of Systems will provide comprehensive support to the Operations Manager and engineering staff covering all aspects of project execution: technical, management, standards etc. Sales Support - The Head of Systems will be required to support the company's sales activities and will actively participate in the development of bid strategies, estimate reviews and undertake presentations to prospective customers Project Work - The Head of Systems may be required to undertake project work. This shall be such that it does not significantly disrupt the primary role. It is likely that project work will be either technical management or Systems Engineering activities as required. Quality Management - The Head of Systems will work with the Operations Manager to ensure that the Company's Quality systems are always followed. Commercial Management - To manage the technical project work to ensure compliance with the business commercial objectives and policies including the management of risks, change and resources across the department and individual projects. The Successful Candidate will have the following skills and experience -Extensive knowledge of aircraft systems including Avionics, Mechanical, Electrical and Fuel -Full life cycle experience - taking a project from conception to completion -Experience in the Technical and Commercial Delivery of multiple projects -Managerial experience, the ability to manage teams of engineers across multiple sites -Multi sector experience -Flexible to travel and work at customer sites from time to time -Ability to grow the Systems Engineering capabilities and services to include model based solutions -Experience of managing resources effectively -Commercially astute writing proposals, identifying risks and assumptions -Proven record in dealing with customersRead more
- Systems Engineer
Job Title: Systems Engineer (RF Software & Hardware) KDC Resource are currently recruiting for a Systems Engineer with a leading supplier to the aerospace and defence sector. Requiring expertise to work on the new £50 million NATO JEWCS program as a system engineer, within a team of hardware and software design engineers, programme managers, to deliver project goals. You would be overseeing the life cycle processes from the requirements through to verification and handover, working within a tight-knit team to deliver success and drive to maintain the deadline. Skills Required; • Relevant Systems Engineering design experience, such as supporting architectural design or requirements analysis. • Some understanding of other engineering disciplines, including RF, electrical, mechanical and software development. • Able to work under supervision from technical management following the constraints of schedule, cost and quality, and use your own judgement to know when to escalate issues. Desirable; • Development of aircraft products, particularly RF electronics technology, designed to meet airborne standards, certifications and regulations, such as ARINC, RTCA or EASA • Communications systems, technology, protocols and standards such as 3GPP LTE. • Air-to-ground radio systems. • Practical use and experience of RF test equipment. • System Simulation and signal processing through such systems as MatLab. • Use of a requirement manager tool such as DOORS, to perform system requirements validation, decomposition with traceability or to manage the verification of the requirements through a full product lifecycle. Please be aware that a successful candidate will need to apply for BPSS certificate (disclosure Scotland) If you are interested in this role apply directly or call me on 01202 596 366.Read more
- Simulation & Modelling Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for one of our clients based in Bournemouth. They have an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Simulation and Modelling Engineer to join their busy team. This is a great opportunity to work on a brand new project. If this sounds interesting and you would like to know more, feel free to read on… As a Simulation & Modelling Engineer your skills and qualifications will ideally include: •Simulation of complex wireless systems (Preferably LTE) •MATLAB (Preferably Simulink) •Link budget analysis •Understanding of Antennas and installed performance •Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate technical issues to team members and management As a Simulation & Modelling Engineer your main responsibilities will involve: •Own the link budget •Own the end-to-end system simulation •Create the required scenarios to model •Create and validate the simulation •Discuss and agree interfaces with other engineering disciplines •Provide regular outputs to influence and test designs Qualification and Experience: Educated to degree level or equivalent in an engineering or engineering related discipline. All applicants must be able to obtain Security Clearance. Key Words: Simulation, Modelling, LTE, MATLAB, Electronic, Simulink, Antennas, Telecommunications, SCRead more
- Terminals Software Developer
Job Title: Terminals Software Developer KDC are currently recruiting a Terminals Software Developer for a global leading company. They are looking for someone who is hard working, motivated and keen to be a part of an ongoing and ambitious product development program where there are new terminals/antenna systems being developed. You will be responsible for maintaining a high degree of competency within the Terminals Product group and you will manage and guide the existing team. You will be guiding them in the role of providing innovative Terminals design solutions and implementing innovative new design concepts to solve complex technical problems, and you will be setting the technical standards in this field. Skills required; Technical: • Proven development and maintenance of Real Time Monitor and Control software developed within Microsoft Visual Studio (C++) using Win32 & .NET. • Good analytical debugging within a multithread system. • Knowledge of Satcom communications products and services, as well as networking fundamentals (SNMP) will be a distinct advantage. • Experience in the definition of and through life development of Terminals Products and/or solutions for terminals control systems. General: • Desirable to posses knowledge and application of UML, Enterprise Architect, Clearcase, Clearquest (or equivalent tools) • Knowledge of Satcom communications products and services, as well as networking fundamentals. • Ability to work on either Green or Brown field projects. • Must have proven experience in a Compliance and Quality based project organisation. Please be aware If you are a successful candidate you would be required to get a BPSS certificate (Disclosure Scotland) If you are interested in the role please apply directly or contact myself on 01202 596 366.Read more
- Project Planner
KDC are now recruiting for a new Project Planner to join one of our busy clients in the Bournemouth area. If you are a well experienced Planner with an interest in the Defence industry, then this could be the role for you! You will have the chance to join an exciting project helping the development of a range of operational training electronic warfare pods for the MOD. Relevant skills and qaulifications like: ·Project management/administration ·Planner/Senior Planner in a safety critical/ defence organisation would be highly desirable. ·Ability to obtain UK Security Clearance if not already current. ·Experience in the production of reporting data for projects. ·Ability to analyse and present complex data, to accurately manipulate data and transfer it between applications. ·An understanding of project planning, scheduling, estimation, tracking, status reporting, risk and configuration management ·Ability to pick up and learn new tools quickly then support others in their use Computer literate and in particular: - ·MS Excel & MS Project advanced level ·MS PowerPoint & MS SharePoint intermediate level ·Experience of an integrated Project Management System such as MS Project Server would be an advantage. As a Planner your main responsibilities will involve: ·Responsible for providing project administration support to assigned programmes, product groups and/or functional groups ·Work in accordance with published Project/Programme Management processes and guidelines ·Production and maintenance of the required programme, product group, system, sub -system or equipment work package related reporting data. ·Analyse data, explain trends and highlight potential issues ·Develop reporting output from the project and work package risk registers. ·Manage the project Sharepoint Areas. Key Words: Project planner, Scheduler, Data Analysis, MS, Sharepoint, SC, MODRead more
Aerospace and Defence
KDC Resource has been operating in the aerospace and defence sector since 2002. We work with the world’s leading defence and civil aerospace companies to source and place high quality permanent and contract talent. We understand organisations like these need the finest engineering talent in order to help them develop some of the most sophisticated technologies in the world. We are currently engaged in finding leading technical talent for projects – among others – that are linked to the national defence of the United Kingdom. Our specialist team have successfully supported our clients find leading talent for roles across: Part 21 J, Certification, Cabin Interiors, Design, Avionics Design, Structures, Electrical Design, Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE), Head of Design, Airworthiness and EASA. KDC Resource is actively working on similar roles requiring industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Scroll down to learn more. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
The private Space sector is relatively young. The decommissioning of the Space Shuttle Programme was an opportunity for private businesses to support NASA with its operations both in orbit and beyond. Elsewhere in the world organisations are pioneering new satellite technologies, unmanned probes and innovative new ways to combat space junk. KDC Resource are proud to be working with a number of these organisations providing highly skilled technical talent into Flight Dynamics, AOCS, Earth Observation, GNSS, Mission Operations, Ground Segment and Payload. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels including Systems Engineers, Payload Engineers, AOCS Engineers, Product Assurance Engineers, RF Engineers and Control Engineers. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
The world is always changing and that brings new opportunities and new innovations. At KDC Resource, our emerging and disruptive technologies team works with organisations that upset the status quo. Whether that’s how we travel or how we use technology to revolutionise mundane tasks. We have recruited for roles across the eVTOL, Urban Mobility, Electric Vehicle, Drone, Energy, Battery Technology, Autonomous Systems and Composite Structure markets. Including roles such as Battery Systems Engineers, Flight Control Law Engineers, AI Software Developers, Prototype Engineers, Autonomous System Engineers, and Safety and Reliability Engineers. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly common and businesses of all sizes are struggling to muster a meaningful defence. There are genuine concerns that critical infrastructure could be targeted by hackers or by enemy states in event of a conflict. Which is why finding the best cyber security and technology specialists takes experts. We are proud to work with some of the market leaders in this vital industry to find top tier candidates to fulfil cybersecurity roles at every level. Roles we recruit for include: Penetration Testers, Ethical Hackers, Security Analysts, Cyber Security Architects, Software Engineers, Technical Project Managers, AI Engineers, Sales Managers and Cyber Account Executives. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
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Is Black Nano Gold the answer to Climate Change?
Environmentalists and scientists have been urging countries around the world to reverse the extreme levels of denaturalisation and deforestation occurring in developed and developing nations alike. It has been proven that aggressive reforestation programmes will be one of the most effective methods of reducing CO2 emission and combatting climate change. China is taking reforestation so seriously that in 2018 they drafted in 60,000 soldiers to plant 32,400 square miles of trees around the Beijing area in order to combat the choking levels of pollution. It is China’s intention to increase forest coverage from 21% of total land mass to 23% by 2020. With China’s landmass sitting at over 3.7 million square miles, a 2% increase would grow coverage from 778,138 square miles to 852,247 square miles. Which is roughly three times the size of Texas. The problem is growing trees takes time and parts of China are so heavily polluted that solar farms are no longer working. However, a team at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai believe they may have found a solution that works just as well in a fraction of the time. Black Nano Gold According to the team at TIFR, the Black Gold is created by altering the gold nanoparticles and changing the distance between them. This transformation builds on yellow gold’s heat absorbing properties to also absorb water and CO2 as well, effectively turning them into artificial trees. However, whereas a real tree turns water and CO2 into food, the Black Nano Gold turns water and CO2 into a clean burning fuel. At least that’s the claim. It also has the added benefit of desalinating sea water as a possible method to combat drought. It’s worth noting that – at this point – the process only produces a very small amount of fuel, but the technology is still in its early stages. TIFR are confident that they can improve the conversion rate in the coming years. As businesses across the world can expect to be taxed on their emissions, it also represents an opportunity. Black Gold could be used to either eliminate or offset their carbon footprint. Black Gold lattices could be placed in exhaust stacks or businesses could pay for the growing of Black Gold ‘forests’ in order to absorb the equivalent emissions they produce. While the carbon capture element is highly appealing, and much needed, it’s questionable if we want to replace one type of combustible fuel for another. Especially as it’s not clear what the by-products of burning that fuel in vast quantities would be. Carbon Capture Alternatives Black Gold is an interesting proposition. It serves as carbon capture and fuel. It’s not clear how much Black Gold would be needed to absorb a meaningful amount of CO2 – compared to a mature tree, for example. There are also the questions of how long it would take to produce and how much it will cost. If the cost is low and requires little in the way of maintenance, then it could be a strong contender in the emerging carbon capture market. However, considering it requires manipulating gold the chances aren’t great. Moreover, other carbon capture solutions are already in place and receiving state funding in order to expand their operations. The UK alone has put £26 million into carbon capture technologies in order to meet its emissions targets. Companies like Swiss-based Climeworks have developed technology that extracts CO2 from the air. The CO2 captured can then be reused in farming or even to carbonate fizzy drinks. The big challenge for Climeworks is that carbon capture is expensive. Between $94 and $230 per metric tonne. The cost to capture the 37 billion metric tonnes of CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels each year, would be at least $3.47 trillion. As the technology becomes more common and efficient the cost per tonne should reduce. Although even if the cost per metric tonne plummeted, the bill would still likely sit at in excess of a trillion dollars a year. An alternative is seawater capture. This is theoretically cheaper, but the infrastructure will likely cost more. There’s also fewer places it can be safely used. But the carbon capture element is just part of Black Gold’s offering. Fuel Replacement A viable, sustainable and cost-effective replacement to fossil fuels is fast becoming one of the most pressing matters of the 21st Century. Our ability to successfully migrate away from fossil fuels in the next 30 years will likely dictate the course of the hundred years that follow. So, replacing one fuel for another will undoubtedly raise concerns. Especially as eventually the carbon levels will reach normal levels. At which point we’ll be using more carbon than we have spare. The Dearman nitrogen engine is an interesting alternative as nitrogen is abundant in the atmosphere and in outer space. Also, a by-product of burning nitrogen is a small amount of nitrogen, making them highly efficient. Currently, however, electric vehicles – including eVTOL aircraft – seem to be the most likely alternative to the combustion engine. Considering Hyperdrive – the UK’s leading producer of Lithium-Ion batteries – has just opened a new 21,000 square feet facility, they are betting big that electric is the future. The new location will allow Hyperdrive to develop new products and new technologies. The improved capacity will also allow the production of around 30,000 battery packs a year. The timing couldn’t be better for Hyperdrive as Jaguar Land Rover has recently announced its intention to heavily invest in electric vehicle production. Considering the EASA’s new framework for eVTOL aircraft and it’s safe to assume that demand for high capacity power cells is about to increase significantly. But they’re going to have some competition. Swiss-based Innolith have developed a power cell based on inorganic electrolytes. Because the cells are inorganic, they’re non-combustible which makes them far safer to use. They’re also claiming that the cells hold a greater charge that will last longer and more environmentally friendly to manufacture. It’s too early to tell whether the battery market can sustain two distinctive offerings. Lithium Ion has the benefit of mass adoption. But assuming the alternative is universally compatible and comparable with Lithium Ion in performance and cost, then it’s anyone’s race. It almost seems irrelevant which solution proves the most successful in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and replacing fossil fuels, providing it happens. However, with so many organisations striving hard to devise those solutions, we may just be in with a chance of succeeding. KDC Resource is a dedicated technical and engineering recruiter into the emerging and disruptive technology space. If you are looking for an exciting role with organisations like these upload your CV today. Or, if you’re searching for skilled professionals to join your team, get in touch, and a member of the team will be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.
How Hiring has Changed
A few years ago, finding great people to join an organisation relied on a few simple tactics. Post ads in the local or national newspapers, as well as any industry magazines. Then call through the list of candidates that you’ve already spoken to a dozen times before. Occasionally it would yield results but more often than not you’d either have to put up with a subpar candidate – because no one else applied – or coaxing someone away from a role they were happy in for more money. Then the internet happened. Websites and job boards sprang up and suddenly recruitment became a little more inbound. Candidates were coming to recruiters and hiring managers and that allowed databases to be established and to consistently grow. This opened businesses to a much wider talent pool which meant better quality hires. But it wasn’t without its problems. CVs were (and are) static documents which meant they quickly fell out of date and recruiters had no way of knowing who was still on the market or who had found a new position. Or who had sold up and gone to live in a cabin in the woods. But the internet was just the beginning. The Internet of Things The proliferation of the internet resulted in tools and platforms for candidates and recruiters alike to use in order to advertise and apply for roles faster and more effectively than ever before. Websites like Jobsite allows candidates to set up profile that showcases their experience and personality and allows recruiters to find them and make swift contact. LinkedIn upped the ante by giving users a global network of businesses and professionals that they otherwise wouldn’t know existed. The job market effectively became international with opportunities coming from all over the world. It also allowed recruiters and hiring managers to find candidates who were both actively looking for a new role and who’s work experience was up to date. And often appended with additional qualifications, certifications, recommendations and endorsements. It serves as a living record and – to an extent. A verification method that the individual can do what they say they can. The downside is it’s very easy for LinkedIn users to ignore recruiters. As is their right, but it’s a little frustrating when there’s a great role they could be perfect for on offer. The other downside is that it’s staggeringly easy to get friends to endorse you for all your claimed abilities. Equally modern job boards serve as gateways to an almost unlimited supply of candidates. Providing you know how to leverage the host of features; businesses can be put in touch with their perfect candidate in a matter of days and complete the process in weeks. Instead of months of painful and often fruitless advertising. Technology Mobile technology transformed the recruitment business. Emails on phones, job board apps and LinkedIn mean that recruiters went can get a response in a couple of hours. Instead of waiting a day or more in the past. Candidates can respond to or apply for opportunities faster than ever before. And thanks to the advent of cloud storage, they now often have their CV within easy reach too, meaning recruiters can progress applications the same day. The downside for the recruiter is the candidate expects the same kind of response. Which is difficult because they are often the middle link in the chain, trying to get two separate parties to align. Even internal recruiters struggle with this issue. On average, 82% of candidates expect to hear back about a role they have applied for but only 29% ever do. But as the internet has became more ubiquitous, the technology underpinning it has improved, providing even more tools to make the hiring process less complicated. Faster connection speeds and more powerful computers means that it’s also much easier to arrange interviews – or at least first stage interviews – over video calls. Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts all allow businesses and candidates to have a conversation, wherever they are in the world. There are obvious huge cost savings if the candidate lives in another country - or even the other end of the country. Plus, there’s inevitably an awkward conversation to be had if someone you flew out for a first interview doesn’t make the cut. Video calls avoid all those problems. Of course, there are drawbacks. Poor internet connection can render the technology useless. And there really is no substitute for meeting the person in real life. As a first interview tool, video calls are effective, providing you keep it focused to can they – at a basic level – do the job and are they pleasant to talk to. If the answer to both those questions is yes, then that’s when you get them on a plane. Culture For all the technological leaps that make it easier and faster to find candidates and move them through the process, the biggest shift has been the emphasis on culture. Turning up and doing the job day after day holds very little interest for the modern workforce. Jobs aren’t for life anymore. Especially if the individual doesn’t feel valued or like they’re making any meaningful contribution. Employers are starting to think along the same lines too. They don’t want clock watchers or people who see their organisation as a steppingstone. They want people who are motivated, passionate and committed to the cause. To make the difference they so desperately want to make. We’ve seen incredible candidates on paper get turned down by some of our most prestigious and exciting clients because they weren’t a good cultural fit. It’s a hard thing to tell a candidate. That they didn’t get their dream job because – basically – the hiring manager didn't like them very much. Obviously, we’re more diplomatic than that when providing feedback but that’s what it boils down to. Recognising that the culture of a company is what holds the company together – not an alpha leader type or huge profits while driving down the cost to operate – is a seismic change. As recruiters we now must consider the type of person we’re speaking to on the phone, not just whether they can do the job. The reality is the industry is changing all the time. As the new generation of recruiters and candidates come of age, the methods used to communicate will change too. Some of the most successful recruiters in the industry never pick up their phones. Simply because they don’t need to. They have worked out where their candidates hang out and how they like to be communicated with. As a result, they do all their recruitment through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and forums. It’s unconventional but it works. It’s unlikely that some of more accepted approaches – like a good old-fashioned phone call or email – will ever truly disappear. It will just evolve. But as company culture changes – and employees feel greater freedom to take a phone call from a recruiter, rather than guilty, it will get easier to reach out to them about opportunities, not harder. KDC Resource are expert technical recruiters in to the Aerospace & Defence, Space, Emerging Technologies and Cyber Security sectors. If you’re looking for a new role upload your CV today. Alternatively, if you have requirements you need supporting in filling, contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.
Ransomware are attacks on the Rise – what can be done?
A casual Google search for ransomware attacks will throw up a deluge of news stories, all of them from over the last few weeks (at time of writing). At the start of June 2019, the UK based Eurofins Scientific were forced to pay out after a ransomware attack crippled the business. It was so serious the Police suspended working with them until their systems had been brought under control and secured. Eurofins have declined to specify the amount they paid but presumably it was worth it compared to the potential loss of revenue caused by the various Police forces suspending their contracts. At the end of June, the Florida town of Lake City paid $500,000 to hackers after a ransomware attack disabled public services. Two weeks prior the town of Riviera Beach dolled out $600,000 in a similar attack. A court in the state of Georgia also fell foul of a similar attack, locking out access to online records. Servers were disconnected to quarantine the affected files. The court states that no personal information was affected. In Baltimore, Ohio and Indiana all had to suspend public services due to a ransomware attack. For Baltimore it was the second attack using the RobbinHood ransomware in a 3-month period. The first attack cost the Baltimore City $18.2 million in losses and more than a week to get things back up and running. And today news broke that the UK based first aid charity, St John’s Ambulance was the victim of a ransomware attack. Data relating to course bookings was locked out for the organisation and included names, contact details, payment information and even driving license details. Stand and Deliver This sharp rise in ransomware attacks is being facilitated by developers releasing SDKs faster than public services and private businesses can react to keep their networks safe. Coupled with the high proportion of breaches caused by human error and it makes the conditions favourable for hackers. And it’s costing the economy a fortune. Some affected businesses claim it’s costing tens of thousands a day in lost revenue. Even more for larger organisations. It has effectively become the modern form of highway robbery with businesses or individuals vulnerable to attack at any time of the day or night. Once a vulnerability is identified hackers don’t need to ask for large sums of money. Few businesses will cough up millions – or even hundreds of thousands – preferring to spend that money on someone to recover the data. However, a few thousand here or there? It’s cheaper than risking the loss of data or the loss of revenue. As a result, hackers are cleaning up and effectively declaring open hunting season on private and public organisations alike. Although there is an obvious trend of targeting organisations that: Are big enough to have enough employees that a reasonable IT infrastructure will exist. Can reasonably be assumed to have a sufficent funds to pay the ransom. Won’t necessarily have the most robust cyber security in place. Put all these things together and you’ve got an organisation ripe for the taking. But for some it’s not about the money. As the quote goes – ‘some [people] just want to watch the world burn’. In 2017 the Petya ransomware was released and decimated some of the world’s biggest companies. It was assumed that those behind it were out to make big money, like any other ransomware attack. Petya works like most other ransomware, but for one key difference. It doesn’t let you pay the ransom. According to Microsoft the malware hit 64 countries and according to security researchers the people behind the attacks wouldn’t have been able to unlock the encrypted files even if their victims could pay the ransom. The indiscriminate nature of Petya (and spin offs like Bad Rabbit) is unusual but not unheard of. Ransomware puts businesses and government bodies at major risk, facing either losing data – and their ability to operate – or a fortune in heard earned revenue. Either way it spells disaster for organisations with vulnerable networks. Marshalling Defences According to The Register, the most common causes of data breaches effecting Fortune 500 companies are system glitches, malicious attack or human errors. Although that last one is often following a malicious attack. And as soon as one attack is successful further attacks follow, making it harder and harder for an organisation to maintain its security with any kind of efficacy. The more data that gets encrypted and rendered useless, or sold on the dark web, the more the business will suffer and slip further towards collapse. Traditional counter measures are built around the old cyber kill chain of reconnaissance, exploitation and exfiltration. However now attacks focus more on opportunity, exploration, arbitrary action. Hackers no longer need to get in and get out with their ill-gotten gains. They can sit there for days or weeks, waiting for the right time to strike. This means cyber security needs to be active, not passive. If an active agent is on your network, lurking, then traditional measures will likely ignore it. Threats will evolve as privacy laws change and will inevitable move towards artificial intelligences like Google’s search engines. Data integrity attacks – in which data is manipulated and altered – before it reaches its recipient will destroy reputations, wiping billions off a company’s value. The same effect as ransomware but without the company knowing they’re a victim until it’s too late. In reality, if a hacker really wants to break into your network then they will. Unless it becomes too expensive, verses the reward, then they’ll go elsewhere. But assuming a concerted attack on any given network is likely, businesses need to be doing all they can to deter an attack and minimise the damage in the event of its success. So – using the 3-2-1 rule for backs ups will help protect key systems and records. Training team members to be sufficiently aware of suspicious emails, URL or questionable looking attachments, all of which can be used to deliver ransomware. And limiting access to certain administrative tools so only authorised personnel can access key areas. The principle of least privilege may frustrate the more tech savvy employees, but a little grumbling is worth the extra protection it affords. Especially – as we’ve noted already – half of data breaches are down to human error. Network segmentation can also help to keep those business-critical drives and files safe from an attack. Although we’re confident that artificial intelligence will overtake convention network security software in the coming years, it’s important that organisations make sure they are doing all they can to protect themselves now. All the indications are that ransomware and other attacks will continue to grow, especially as more and more organisations are choosing to pay the money. Despite law enforcement’s attempts to convince people otherwise. Although when faced with a choice of a few thousand in ransom or the potential loss of your entire organisation’s data, it’s easy to see why those organisations mentioned above made the decisions they did. Which paves the way for much bolder, more devastating attacks in the future. KDC Resource are expert recruiters of technical and engineering talent into the Cyber Security sector. If you are looking for a new role click here to view our vacancies or upload your CV today. 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Air Efficiency Concepts
The Flying V – that we wrote about here – is a dramatic design intended to tackle the major issues facing the aerospace industry. The need for high capacity aircraft, with low operational costs, that consume less fuel and reduce emissions. This is especially challenging when you consider that – usually – when you make something bigger, in order to carry more people or cargo, it gets heavier. Which uses more fuel and increases emissions. So, essentially the airlines are asking the impossible. But when has the impossible ever stopped an engineer? Aerospace companies around the world are working hard to devise new aircraft that can meet those needs and fit within the existing infrastructure of airports. Here are some of our favourites: Aurora Flight Sciences D8 You’d be forgiven for thinking Aurora Flight’s D8 is some kind of seafaring creature, or more at home in a cult science fiction franchise set in a galaxy far far away. The ‘double bubble’ fuselage is quite alien compared to the more traditional craft. However, the wider fuselage allows a smaller, lower drag wing and tail. Developed in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the D8 has boundary-layer-ingestion (BLI) propulsion. This new technology could reduce fuel burn by 8.5% and works by positioning the engines closer to the fuselage to take in the slower moving boundary-layer of air that flows around the aircraft. Using slower air means the engine doesn’t have to work, allowing a lower fuel burn. The engines are embedded in the top of the aft fuselage where they ingest the boundary layer and reenergize the wake to reduce drag. But wake-filling propulsion requires distortion-tolerant fans to cope with the turbulent air entering the engines. The non-circular, dual lobe cabin, will provide a twin-aisle layout but the fuselage cross-section requires a unique composite structure which could make it expensive to produce. It’s also not clear if Aurora is still developing the craft as NASA’s funding for the project stopped at the end of 2018 and the D8 page has been removed from Aurora’s site. Whether or not the plane has been scrapped, the design is one worth pursuing. Onera Nova Onera clearly agrees as their own experimental aircraft – the Nova – is inspired by the D8’s distinctive design. With a more pronounced nose, it has the profile of a mink whale and has a similar wide lifting fuselage and BLI propulsion. Whereas the D8’s engines are mounted on the aft of the plane, the Nova’s are embedded inside the rear fuselage, with inlets on the sides rather than the top, where they ingest 40% of the fuselage boundary layer. The aircraft is being designed to carry 180 passengers over 3,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 – or 652 miles per hour. Almost 100 miles an hour faster than current designs, it also has a comparable range to the Boeing 737-800. With far lower fuel consumption. Unlike the D8 it has downward facing winglets for improved stability and a standard T-tail over the weight reducing pi tail. Airbus Nautilius The Nautilius concept is almost an evolution of the Nova and the D8. Airbus’ concept is significantly larger with the fuselage narrowing to two stings on which the nacelles are mounted. The intention being is to maximize ingestion of the fuselage boundary layer while minimizing azimuthal distortion of flow into the fans. Driven by gas turbines or electric motors installed upstream of these propulsors, the fans ingest 100% of the fuselage boundary layer with minimum distortion, maximizing the drag saving. Airbus have been experimenting with some fairly cutting-edge designs for years. In 2010 they raised eyebrows with a concept with peculiar shaped wings and engines that were fully integrated into the fuselage. They also patented a design of plane in which the passenger compartment was a separate entity to the plane itself. The idea being the passenger compartment could be lifted out and ‘docked’ with the terminal, allowing the plane to be moved to the next, ready for a fresh compartment to be lowered into place. The compartment could also be ejected in the event of critical system failure or hijacking. It’s unlikely that these features will make it into an aircraft any time soon, however. Wright Electric M-Star Representing the electric future of commercial flight, Wright Electric is developing a 180-seat electric airliner for short routes such as London-Paris. The distinctive M shaped wing assembly – upon which is mounted arrays of electric fans gives it a distinctive and ‘near-future’ look that will appeal to airlines and passengers alike. It also sports a V-tail with a third bank of electric fans situated between for additional thrust and boundary layer ingestion to reduce drag. Wright Electric is working exclusively with budget UK airline EasyJet currently but – if the aircraft is successful – it’s hard to see that exclusivity lasting long. Even if Wright Electric produce a variant for general sale. The current range of the M-Star sits around 310 miles making it ideal for use across Europe. EasyJet expect the M-Star to start flying their London to Amsterdam service. As their second busiest route this would make a huge difference in terms of reducing emissions. What isn’t clear is how long the M-Star would take to recharge and what adverse weather could do to the range. Onera Dragon The Dragon concept – according to Onera – is an answer to the standards imposed by Europe and to meet the challenges associated with fuel consumption and emissions. Under Europe’s Clean Sky 2 aeronautics research program, Onera has developed the Dragon concept which features distributed hybrid-electric propulsion. By using 20 electric ducted fans under each wing, the Dragon can carry 150 passengers at Mach 0.8. The positioning of the fans along the trailing edge avoids interference with airflow over the wing and increasing transonic drag. The fans are powered by two turbo-generators mounted on the rear fuselage, burning kerosene to generate the electricity needed to power the fans. Blowing the fan exhaust over small wing trailing-edge flaps provides high lift for take-off and landing. This hybrid design would reduce fuel consumption by 25% for an 870-mile flight. So – if this design could be scaled up – on long distance flights the fuel, emission and cost reductions would be significant. It’s reasonable to assume that not all these designs will make it into production. At least not in their current forms. But, whether it’s the Flying-V, the D8 or the Dragon – or all of them – the next few years could see some incredibly designed aircraft taking to the skies. 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