- Avionic Lead
Are you a driven and ambitious engineer with the ambition to redefine mobility? Are you looking for a new opportunity that will truly challenge you? KDC is working with a futuristic aerospace company in based in Paris that has assembled a team of world class engineers who are currently working on developing a unique hybrid propulsion aircraft. They have successfully completed several tests and have developed state of the art R&D facilities. Our client is currently looking for an avionics expert to lead a small team developing the core avionic systems and architecture for the aircraft You'll be working on: • Leading avionics development of systems including Navigation, Comms ,Video surveillance and other systems • Leadership of their close-knit team of avionic engineers • Specifying and designing architecture • Ensuring developments are certifiable • Working with other departments to define and manage system interfaces • Writing and validating technical documents You'll need: • Expertise in DO178, DO254 and ARP4754 • DOORS knowledge is ideal • Some leadership experience • 4 years or more experience Our client offers a career where you'll have the opportunity to relocate to incredible city of Paris and work with the most advanced technologies available within 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 learn more? Click apply for more details.Read more
- Recruitment Consultant
Open to a new challenge? Looking for a 'no-nonsense' and 'common sense' approach to work?? At KDC Resource we find the best candidates for some of the best Engineering and Technology companies in the world. The Job: As a Recruitment Consultant at KDC you will be responsible for finding exceptional talent for our clients. In return they pay us money. When they have done that, we will pay you a chunk of commission (plus a nice base salary, all in a fun & flexible working environment). Sound good so far? No catches really! We do expect you to work as hard as the rest of us, be positive, smile, and contribute to making our office a great place to work. Location: Based at our offices at Bournemouth Airport, there is tons of parking, Some bits below about the job, us and what you will be doing: There is a shortage of Engineers and Technology professionals, but our clients require more and more of them. (This is why we exist!) You will be expected to find new candidates for our clients by using your initiative to call, message, email, or even plain old meet potential candidates to tell them all the brilliant opportunities we have on offer. You may have guessed that we rate the good old telephone pretty highly. If you have 'telephobia' please save your time and stop reading here! If not then read on, We will give you in-house training in recruitment techniques. All we ask of you is that you have bundles of charm, sales skills and persistence. If you have, then speaking to candidates and wowing our clients will be child's play. We have a monthly lunch club, and beer on a Friday afternoon (dressed down Fridays). Our clients also like to meet us regularly, so there is plenty of opportunity for days out. You will be joining an ever-expanding team of recruitment consultants, success is completely in your hands. We have clearly defined path of progression, and Leading your own team is realistic if you value this. The Fit: KDC Resource is already established in the industry, but we still very much see ourselves in start-up mode with an all hands on deck approach. We have a very informal working environment, great banter, and we are a fairly close bunch. To fit with us, you'll be sound, someone we're happy to have a drink with, basically at your core you are a good egg. The Experience: Ideally you will have spent at least 1 year as a recruiter (in-house or agency, we don't discriminate) as recruitment industry knowledge would be an advantage. If you don't have it, don't despair, we can teach you all about it, however any sales experience would be a massive help. The Salary & Benefits: Starting salary is £20kpa, with commission available from day one. Within 18 months you can be looking at the next step in your progression, just by meeting your targets. Commission is un-capped; so earn as much as you can! Your benefits will include reward days, 25 days holiday, plus all the normal pensions stuff. The start date: As soon as possible, we are growing and the current team need your help! To apply: We really want to hear from you, even if it's just to ask some questions about this job or have a chat. So, if it sounds of interest click "Apply" below. A CV would be great, but don't sweat it if you don't have one handy!Read more
- Supply Chain Manager
KDC are now recruiting for a new Supply Chain Manager to join our client in Portland. If you are working in the supply chain and you're looking for a new challenge where you can build your experience and expand your knowledge, then this could be the job for you. Day to day task: •Manage Procurement and Stores functions •Maintain accuracy and availability of all stock materials, minimising out of life and obsolescence •Authorise direct and indirect procurement in line with company policy •Capital Expenditure sourcing and the procurement and provision of services •Supplier evaluation, selection and approval, management of approved supplier list •Supplier performance and risk management •Support Bid Team with all procurement requirements •Develop staff to ensure that they are all competent and approved for their work tasks •Co-operate with Heads of Departments, such as Engineering, QA and Finance appreciating those internal customers can be as important as external customers •Ensure that all activities are carried out in a safe manner, as far as reasonably practicable, as set out in the company health & safety policy and in accordance with the Safe Systems of Work' and Risk Assessments' •Leadership and communication with both internal and external stakeholders, managing available resources to meet or exceed the budget and targets agreed. Engage with the cross functional management teams in the business and contribute to the overall performance and well-being of the company •Fulfill the roles and responsibilities defined for the management team within the Business Continuity Management System •Lead by example; promote and act in accordance with Company values, systems, policies and procedures Ideal requirements: •Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply - MCIPs; desirable •Minimum 5 years Purchasing Experience, preferably gained leading a team •Excellent verbal and written communication skills •Customer focused and quick to respond •AS9100/ISO9001 Awareness •Computer literate, Windows based and ERP Knowledge preferred •A strong team leader; delegates, coaches and mentors within the team •Practical and positive with a flexible and conscientious get it done approach to work load; acts as a role model to others •Communicates assertively and professionally at all levels with internal and external contacts; builds effective and supportive working relationships and networks •Committed to the company culture and values •A safety-conscious approach to work Key words: Supply chain, Senior Buyer, Defence, Aerospace, ERP, SAP, AS9100, ISO9001Read more
- Prototype Aircraft Production Team Lead
Are you an Aircraft Mechanic, Technician or Avionic Technician with experience in a production environment? Are you interested in leading a team of technicians building a revolutionary autonomous electric aircraft? KDC is working with a revolutionary technology company in Germany that is looking for an Aircraft Mechanic, Technician, or Avionic Technician with experience of working with prototypes, maintenance or production to be based in Germany full-time. While this is a technical leadership role, it retains an exciting hands-on element which makes you responsible for building a futuristic aircraft that looks to revolutionise urban mobility. This represents a unique opportunity to progress your career in a rapidly growing business that has ambitions to shape the future of travel with state-of-the-art technology. We are looking for motivated Engineers that will thrive in a role that will be equally challenging and rewarding. You will be: • Leading the prototyping team and developing team members • Hands on with the assembly of prototypes • Engaging in work preparation including assessing suppliers You'll need: • 3 years of experience as aircraft mechanic, technician or avionic technician • Some leadership experience • Knowledge of maintenance and production procedures In addition to an exciting career opportunity, our client is offering market-leading salaries and an inclusive benefits package. If you'd like to find out some more information and see if this is a role which could represent the next step in your career, please click apply or get in contact via the methods shown.Read more
- Process Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for an experienced Process Engineer to join our client over in Stevenage. If you are looking for a new role and are interested in the defence and space industry, this could be the job you've been waiting for. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: •Provide Manufacturing Engineering support to Operations including working with technicians, Inspectors, team leaders and KPO's as and when needed •Support the generation of standard documentation in line with scheduled needs. •Produce re-work instructions / deviation plans / discrepancies based on project requirements and identify parts and tooling required to carry them out. (materials, tooling, requirements and methodology) •Support quality reviews and Root Cause Analysis using lean tools, including driving and owning PPS's. •Support Lessons Learned exercises at key milestones involving all key stakeholders in phase (Operations, Process Owners, AIT Management, and Design) •Ensure that feedback is provided from the cleanroom and to the Process Owners so that the current processes can be updated to improve them / remove non-quality. •Support to R&D / R&T for process developments and new process implementation, undertake process improvement and maintenance and monitor process implementation in operations. •Support training module creation, maintenance & Delivery. (Support to process owner / Operations). •Ensure where possible that ME process and procedures are standardised, optimised, current and usable by work with Process Owners to identify future improvements. •Design of day to day operational tooling / manufacturing aids for manufacture execution •Support the use of MGSE and Tooling and ensure feedback is provided to the MGSE team for issues and improvements. •Review documentation and conduct safety reviews to support critical handling activities. Experience ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: •A background in an aerospace engineering environment, preferably within the space sector •High level technical skills and relevant experience. •Procedures and process control. •Able to work offsite (UK and abroad) for undefined periods at short notice. •Work overtime and occasional shifts, as and when required. •Able to support out of normal hours work using the on call rota process, as and when required. •Team working and team leading skills. •Practical and proactive. •Process and Quality driven approach with high attention to detail. •High self-motivation and ability to deal with changing priorities on a multi project basis. •Good planning skills and process competence (MRP system experience an advantage). •Good communication skills, both written and verbal. •Previous experience of aerospace structures and build requirements is a distinct advantage. •Good time management. •Experience of electrical harness manufacture and manufacturing engineering for thermal and/or electro-mechanical components, including electrical testing. •Use of Windchill, P6, IPS, 3D live, 3D experience or other similar systems •Understanding of build documentation to ensure clear instructions are given to shop floor operators. •Driving build quality through review of processes and implementation of improvements •Good understanding and detailed experience of mechanical engineering and systems, including but not limited to: •Lean manufacturing techniques including 5S, root cause analysis and continuous improvement (Green belt). •Production planning. •Manufacturing / Test processes for the space industry. •Mechanical handling of equipment. DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS: •A good understanding of spacecraft manufacture and build philosophies •Clean room experience •Mechanical & Electrical design / manufacturing / validation / experience •Knowledge of Health and Safety principles and their application to the specific environment REQUIRED QUALIFICATION LEVEL: Minimum of HNC level in an Electrical discipline. A lesser qualification is acceptable if a high level of similar industry experience can be demonstrated such as a time served engineering apprenticeship or equivalent .Read more
- MAIT Process Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for an experienced Process Engineer to join our client over in Stevenage. If you are looking for a new role and are interested in the defence and space industry, this could be the job you've been waiting for. Job Profile •Provide Manufacturing Engineering support to Operations including working with technicians, Inspectors, team leaders and KPO's as and when needed. •Support the generation of standard documentation in line with scheduled needs. •Produce re-work instructions / deviation plans / discrepancies based on project requirements and identify parts and tooling required to carry them out - (materials, tooling, requirements and methodology) •Support quality reviews and Root Cause Analysis using lean tools, including driving and owning PPS's. •support Lessons Learned exercises at key milestones involving all key stakeholders in phase (Operations, process owners, MAIT management, and design) •Ensure that feedback is provided from the cleanroom and to the Process Owners so that the current processes can be updated to improve them / remove non-quality. •Support to R&D / R&T for process developments and new process implementation, undertake process improvement and maintenance and monitor process implementation in operations. •Support training module creation, maintenance & Delivery. (Support to process owner / Operations). •Ensue where possible that ME process and procedures are standardised, optimised, current and usable by work with Process Owners to identify future improvements. •Design of day to day operational tooling / manufacturing aids for manufacture execution •Support the use of MGSE and Tooling and ensure feedback is provided to the MGSE team for issues and improvements. •Review documentation and conduct safety reviews to support critical handling activities. Skills/Experience Required ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: •Appreciation of manufacturing techniques e.g. CFRP, structural bonding or TIG welding, within the space/aerospace industry - with a realistic minimum of five years' experience •Mechanical & Electrical design / manufacturing / validation / experience •Process and Quality driven approach with high attention to detail. •Manufacturing / Test processes for the space industry. •Use of Windchill, P6, IPS, 3D live, 3D experience or other similar systems •Understanding of build documentation to ensure clear instructions are given to shop floor operators. •Lean manufacturing techniques including 5S, root cause analysis and continuous improvement (Green belt). •Mechanical handling equipment. •Procedures and process control. •Able to work offsite (UK and abroad) for undefined periods at short notice. •Work overtime and occasional shifts, as and when required. •Able to support out of normal hours work using the on call rota process, as and when required. •High self-motivation and ability to deal with changing priorities on a multi project basis. •Good planning skills and process competence (MRP/SAP system experience an advantage DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS: •A good understanding of spacecraft manufacture and build philosophies •Clean room experience •Knowledge of Health and Safety principles and their application to the specific environment Education & Training Minimum of HNC level in a Mechanical discipline. A lesser qualification or a time served engineering apprenticeship or equivalent qualificationsRead 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 596374.Read more
- Supply Officer
KDC are now recruiting for an experienced Supply Officer to join our client over in Portsmouth. If you are looking for a new role and are interested in the defence and space industry, this could be the job you've been waiting for. Job Details •Place Purchase Orders according to the Purchase Request on behalf of the commodity. •Actively involved in the management of the material flows in order to ensure that outsourced and purchased products are delivered on time, quality and cost to satisfy customers and launch first level of corrective and preventive actions. •Manage inventory and order management expressed with the suppliers. Job Requirements & Skills •Check & ensure the execution of the order. Ensure daily monitoring of the Supplier delivery •Obtain & Maintain Data related to the PO into the ERP system •Work with Accounts Payable department to ensure timely supplier payment •Act as focal point towards the supplier for operational activities •Active Monitoring & Control of Suppliers •Manage Supplier operational performance and drive necessary collaboration as far as necessary •Manage performance reviews with the Suppliers based on Vendor Review Boards outputs, support working towards team OQOT KPIs •Ensure compliance with Export regulations for all deliverables from Suppliers, on a day to day basis •Proven purchasing/buying competency •Interact and Influence internally & externally •MRP/ SAP, forecasts and exceptions •Procured Products/Services Risk Management •Supply Chain Quality & Improvement •Supply Chain fundamentals •Support new products/services introduction •Compliance requirements Education Requirements •Degree or similar •CIPS Key words: Supply Officer, Buyer, Supply Chain, ERP, MRP, Aerospace, Defence, SpaceRead more
- Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineer: An opportunity has arisen for an experienced design engineer to work for a leading and pioneering aviation company in Dorset. Based within an electrical design team you will be working on current designs and updates to electrical systems with potential to create new designs. You will also gather all reports and documentation so it can then be signed off. Also you will be working on communications with manufacturing teams external and internal . Skills and expertise that are preferred are: • Catia V5 or Solidworks or AutoCAD experience. • 5+ years design experience. • Degree in avionic or electrical engineering. • Understanding and experience of working on aircraft avionic/electrical components. • A working knowledge of regulatory requirements, ie EASA, JAA, FAA Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 If you're interested in the opportunity please apply online or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- CNC Technician
Are you a CNC Technician with experience in the Aerospace industry seeking an innovative and challenging opportunity? Are you looking for the chance to work within Germany for a forward thinking company who are pioneering the world's very first electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicle? Well that is exactly what KDC are looking for. We are looking for an innovative and self-reliant CNC Technician who has the ability to set up operate the CNC capability. In this role you will be given the opportunity to work in Europe, reporting directly into the Prototyping Workshop Leader. The successful candidate will have a minimum 3 years of experience within a CNC job set-up environment. To give you a further idea of the type of CNC Technician we are looking for please see some of the day to day tasks below: • Supporting the development of CNC manufacturing capabilities. • Troubleshoot and feedback errors to corresponding teams. • Work on high performance CNC machines working to established processes. • Help and liaise with other related departments/teams - for example working with the manufacturing engineering team to improve key areas. • Assisting the prototype team do develop tools and acquire new equipment for commissioning and implementation. • Working in a self-directed team of CNC Technicians. • Working on the CNC processes and developments. On top of an exciting and innovative role, this company are also offering a very competitive benefits package to attract some of the best CNC Technicians from around the world. So if you are ready to shape the future of transportation, or would like to find out more about this opportunity please contact Brandon Goudie at KDC Resource through the methods shown.Read more
- Carbon-Carbon Compositre Brake Manufacturing Engineer
Carbon-Carbon Composite Brake Manufacturing Engineer: KDC are currently working closely with a global leader in the aerospace, space and defence sector who are currently seeking an experienced Brake Manufacturing Engineer. This unique and exciting opportunity will offer you the opportunity to work alongside the Land Gear Engineering Systems community and even potentially travel to Europe and China! Based in Filton, you will be responsible for providing produce design knowledge, manufacturing of Carbon-Carbon Composite brake materials for aircraft wheels and brakes as a whole product. You will also be involved in leading work packages, developing future product needs associated with new technology, specifically for the interaction or Carbon-Carbon brakes. Preferred experience: • Experience in the design of aerospace carbon aerospace brakes. • Experience working for a wheel and brake manufacturer • Project management experience. • Good communication skills (ability to influence stakeholders) • Awareness of suppliers contractual framework If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- Power Systems Engineer
KDC are currently seeking a dynamic Systems Engineer to join a leader in the aerospace & defence sector. This 12-month contract will offer you the opportunity to work at the forefront of technology, be part of a multidisciplinary engineering team, and the chance to travel internationally! As part of this team in Farnborough, you will be responsible for providing engineering expertise into the development of power sub-systems. You will also be responsible for leading your own work packages analysing/evaluating battery technology designs and data for Lithium chemistry batteries. Lastly, you will provide technical support to aircraft system level teams, internal supply-chain teams and Aircraft flight line operations teams. Preferred Experience • A degree in Engineering or a relevant science subject. • Experience with analysing/evaluating battery technology designs. • Proven experience of developing new product solutions. • Must know how to design and test batteries. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then apply through the methods shown or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read 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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