- Battery Production - Project Manager
Battery Production – Project Manager KDC are now recruiting for one of the largest clients in the urban air mobility sector. This is an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager with experience with Research and Development phases to join their team in Germany. If you are looking for a compelling new opportunity and have project management experience in battery production, prototyping or another similar industry then this could be the opportunityfor you. Our Client Our client is an industry leader in the development of electrical air taxis that take off and land vertically (eVTOL). They plan to offer an air taxi service that can save people time by flying them directly to their destination. They are coming to the end of their development phase and are moving into the production phase with the plan to start mass production by 2023. The Role This position has surfaced as our client is looking for an experience Project manager to join their team in Germany and help develop a production line of batteries. You will be responsible for developing an industrialization concept for a battery manufacturing line as well as managing the set up for a full production line of batteries. Working very closely with research and development teams, you will be responsible for the project budget and constant review of the project progress. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in project management and the research and development phases of production. Previous battery or prototyping to serial productions experience would be beneficial but not essential. Role Requirements Develop an industrialization concept for a battery manufacturing line / strategic plan Set up a manufacturing strategy for batteries including the sample production Management of setting up the production line of batteries Develop launch plan to match production milestones with design milestones Preparation of the project management including the preparation of cost and time schedules Creation and updating of the necessary project documentation Aligning with design and purchasing in the early phase to ensure manufacturability for the product bill of material (BOM), including timing and cost. Responsibility for the project budget and constant review of the project progress Development and improvement of existing technologies and equipment with the project team Close technical coordination with R&D and production Qualifications Bachelor of Science in mechanical/industrial engineering A minimum of 10 years of experience in complex manufacturing and proven leadership in manufacturing organizations Worked in a multi-cultural environment Ability to work well with cross-functional team Curious, technically educated, and with a strong business background battery manufacturing experience is considered to be a huge advantage Excellent English both spoken and written Well-organized and result-driven Good technological comprehension, strong communication skills, ability to deal with conflict, openness and flexible thinking, and enthusiasm Startup and growth company experience is an advantage Successful track record of the leading product, process, equipment development projects in prototype and production factories Experience with evolving products, processes, and equipment from prototype scales to production scales in a fast-growing environment ideally in the automotive industry This role includes a full relocation package as well as competitive salary and benefits. If you want to be part of the exciting journey our client is taking in pioneering the air taxi industry and feel you have the right qualities to aid them in this ambitious undertaking, please do not hesitate to apply.Read more
- Project Manager
KDC are looking for a Project Manager Our client offers turnkey solutions and services from mission design to on-orbit operations, including reliable customising satellite platforms and a full range of subsystems for cube and small satellites. Principle responsibilities will include: customer liaison, planning project delivery, schedule management including identification of critical path activities, active risk management, management of project teams, sub-contractors and suppliers, managing project budgets in terms of cost and revenue and maintaining accurate forecasts. Your responsibilities: Deliver the company's projects allocated to budget, schedule, and quality constraints. Ownership of the Project Management work-package of multiple development projects: planning, identifying, and progressing critical paths, maintaining accurate forecasts, and managing risks Maintain accurate project forecasts and delivery of project revenue and profit expectations Negotiate specific project requirements with customers and manage necessary variations Actively manage risk, issue, and action registers, and project history logs Monitor and report progress of projects to senior management Manage the information flow to our project teams, partners, subcontractors, and other stakeholders Chair project milestone reviews with customers (e.g. Critical Design Review) and ensure milestone schedules are met Actively participate as part of the company management team in a manner fitting the position Manage key stakeholders to ensure their continued support Motivate and lead the Project teams to ensure a high level of performance Co-ordinate sub-contractors, partners, and suppliers Ensure continued resource availability to deliver the project plan Manage customer expectations and maintain good working relationships Ensure delivered products are compliant with the agreed Scope of Work Ensure project is delivered within all statutory legal and procedural requirements Ensure quality and delivery gives rise to repeat business. You’ll need: Experience of managing and delivering complex engineering development projects Clear and disciplined competence in project management methodology, with professional certification highly desirable Use of suitable tools such as Microsoft Project to schedule, track, and measure project status and performance Definition, allocation, communication, and prioritisation of tasks and priorities, within a multi-disciplined engineering and manufacturing team Ability to work well in an engineering development team and contribute to the development of junior team members Strong leadership and negotiating skills for managing all key stakeholders including internal teams, supply-chain, customers and other key external stakeholders If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please click apply.Read more
- Junior Systems Engineer Airframe
Junior Airframe Systems Engineer KDC are now recruiting for one of the largest clients in the urban air mobility sector. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Systems Engineer with an expertise in EASA Part 21J to join their team in Germany. If you are looking for a compelling new opportunity and have experience in working with composite structures, then this could be the role for you. Our Client Our client is an industry leader in the development of electrical air taxis that take off and land vertically (eVTOL). They plan to offer an air taxi service that can save people time by flying them directly to their destination. The Role This position has surfaced as our client is looking for an experienced airframe systems engineer to join an established eVTOL company based in Germany. They are looking for an engineer with proficiency in Part 21J and EASA DOA functions. The ideal candidate will have experience with structural design in composite structures. The successful applicant will assist in development of the airframe and mechanical systems, evaluate the airframe, define and document requirements as well as assist in defining test procedures. You will be an integral part of the airframe development team. Role Requirements Assist in the development of airframe systems Evaluate airframe regarding weight, safety, costs, and production Define and document requirements on the system, sub-system, and component level Provide assistance on the supplier coordination activities. Assist in defining test protocols, airframe system tests and evaluate test results on component, sub-system, and system levels Qualifications Bachelor's degree in the area of Aerospace Design or comparable subject Minimum 3 years of experience as a Systems Engineer or similar Proficiency in Part 21J and EASA DOA functions Structural design experience in composite structures Experience with EASA Certification Specifications This role includes a full relocation package as well as competitive salary and benefits. If you want to be part of the exciting journey our client is taking in pioneering the air taxi industry and feel you have the right qualities to aid them in this ambitious undertaking, please do not hesitate to apply.Read more
- Project Managers
KDC are now recruiting for a Project Manager to join one of our busiest clients in the Bournemouth area. If you are looking for a new challenge and have a keen interest in the Aerospace industry, then this could be the role for you! Key Responsibilities: First point of contact for the project within our clients business Be the initial point of contact for all project related questions / issues Lead meetings as required with internal stakeholders, alongside taking and agreeing minutes and noting actions Ensuring circulation of invites and subsequent hosting of progress meetings Leadership of a project team where applicable Responsible for setting the cadence project meetings to monitor and control status Lead project progress meetings and ensuring minutes and actions are taken and followed up Escalation to Programme Management of any issues not able to be resolved at the project level Ensuring that all stakeholders are fully aware of the project schedule and any changes that may be implemented. Ownership of project deliverables Establishment and Maintenance of the project schedule to include agreed changes to any project deliverables Communication of deliverable status as required to internal stakeholders. Ensure internal gate reviews occur in line with project milestones and that checklist are adhered to by all departments Identify and mitigate Project Level risks and issues Manage the project risk register and highlight risks to Programme Management as required Review of the risk register weekly to ensure risks and mitigation actions are tracked Maintain an accurate action tracker that contains all open tasks and issues with ECD against each item along with owners for each task Understanding of the project baseline so that change management may be applied Skills and Qualifications: Experience: Working in project / programme management environment. Understanding of Project Profit & Loss. Education: Desirably degree educated in Engineering, Science, Business or a related field Desirably holding/looking to achieve a formal PM Qualification. PRINCE 2 Practitioner, AGILE Practitioner.Read more
- Systems Electronics Engineer
KDC’s client is one of the Top 3 European space companies. About 2,800 employees work on some of the most important aviation and space programs of our times in Germany and other EU countries. These include low-orbiting and geostationary satellites for earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, science, and space exploration. OHB System AG designs satellites and systems for human space flight, aerial reconnaissance, and process control systems at its two strong locations in Bremen and Oberpfaffenhofen. We owe our success to our employees and their passion for innovation, their commitment, and their initiative. For permanent employment the Electronic Development & Manufacturing department at OHB System AG in Oberpfaffenhofen is looking for a Systems Engineer Electronics (m / f / d) Your tasks Definition of the electrical architecture of satellites or payloads Coordination of the work of a team of engineers eg harness, EMC, electronics design in large projects Collaboration with lead engineers from other disciplines eg thermal design, mechanical design and software Manage key budgets eg power, discrete interfaces, data rates, bus loads Evaluation, selection and management of lower level suppliers Review of technical documentation provided by suppliers and support of subcontractor reviews Requirements engineering and planning of requirements verification Management and harmonization of electrical interfaces between separate units Your Qualifications Diploma in electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering or a similar discipline Strong background in electrical and data handling systems engineering in large space projects 5 years of professional experience in electronic development for space Experience in Electronic circuit analysis eg worst case analysis, part stress analysis, FMECA EMC design and verification satellite power and thermal control systems Knowledge of relevant standards (ECSS / MIL standards) Excellent communication skills, ability to work in large international teams, good written and oral English. Willingness for frequent travel. Optional Radiation engineering and simulation tools (e.g. FASTRAD) EEE Parts engineering and procurement experience Electrical circuit and RF simulation tools (e.g. PSPICE, ADS, FEKO) Programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, PYTHON, C / C ++) Knowledge in CAE tools such as Mentor Graphics PADS, DxDatabook This a permanent position with a competitive salary. Relocation packages are available for the successful candidate where needed. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact me on 01202 596374.Read more
- Eletronic FPGA Design Engineer
KDC’s client is one of the Top 3 European space companies. About 2,800 employees work on some of the most important aviation and space programs of our times in Germany and other EU countries. These include low-orbiting and geostationary satellites for earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, science, and space exploration. OHB System AG designs satellites and systems for human space flight, aerial reconnaissance, and process control systems at its two strong locations in Bremen and Oberpfaffenhofen. We owe our success to our employees and their passion for innovation, their commitment, and their initiative. For permanent employment the Electronic Development & Manufacturing department at OHB System AG in Oberpfaffenhofen is looking for a Electronic Engineer FPGA Design (m / f / d) Your tasks Requirements analysis and definition of requirements. Design architecture and requirements breakdown to functional blocks. FPGA design, implementation and definition of constraints. Design documentation according to internal and normative standards. Creation and execution of test benches for RTL and timing simulation. Formal verification of FPGA designs (timing analysis, code coverage, coding rule check). Support of the FPGA integration on the target hardware. Define verification concepts and plans. Conduct FPGA verification and test activities on the target hardware. Programming of test hardware for automated implementation of hardware test cases. Your Qualifications University degree in electrical engineering or similar discipline (Technical University / University of Applied Sciences). Several years of professional experience in VHDL design for synthesis and behavioral modeling, preferably in the space industry. Knowledge of using state of the art design and simulation tools (eg Libero, Modelsim). Experience in FPGA design and verification based on ECSS-Q-ST-60-02C. Experience in the mitigation of single event effects due to radiation in space. Experience with processor IP cores and SoC processor FPGA interfaces. Knowledge of programming languages (C / C ++ or Python). Excellent communication skills, ability to work in teams. Good written and oral English and German. This a permanent position with a competitive salary. Relocation packages are available for the successful candidate where needed. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact me on 01202 596374.Read more
- Electronics Design Engineer
KDC’s client is one of the Top 3 European space companies. About 2,800 employees work on some of the most important aviation and space programs of our times in Germany and other EU countries. These include low-orbiting and geostationary satellites for earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, science, and space exploration. OHB System AG designs satellites and systems for human space flight, aerial reconnaissance, and process control systems at its two strong locations in Bremen and Oberpfaffenhofen. We owe our success to our employees and their passion for innovation, their commitment, and their initiative. For permanent employment the Electronic Development & Manufacturing department at OHB System AG in Oberpfaffenhofen is looking for a Electronics Design Engineer (m / f / d) Your tasks Analog and mixed signal electronic circuit design for image signal acquisition. High speed digital electronics design. Selection of components, schematic design and generation of parts lists. Simulation of electronic circuits for worst case, derating and signal integrity analysis. Design and specification of PCB layouts, component symbols and footprints according to IPC and ECSS standards. Co-engineering with other disciplines eg mechanical design, radiation engineering, manufacturing. Design verification and writing of verification plans and test procedures. Planning and conduction of test campaigns. Your Qualifications Master Degree in electronics engineering or similar discipline Several years of professional experience in the design of electronic units, preferably for satellites. Several years of experience in analogue, mixed signal and digital electronics circuit design In depth knowledge and experience in the application of relevant standards (ECSS / MIL) Experience in PCB layout design according to ESCC standards Experience in defining and conducting electrical and functional tests. At least one programming language suitable to control automated test set-ups (Phyton or C / C ++). Experience with ECAD design and simulation tools (Mentor PADS, Spice, HyperLynx, ADS). Experience with EMC compatible design and knowledge of EMC test methods. Excellent communication skills, ability to work in large international teams, good written and oral English. This a permanent position with a competitive salary. Relocation packages are available for the successful candidate where needed. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact me 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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Why is Working in the Space Sector Worth the Challenges?
The recent developments in the billionaire space race have brought the sector firmly back into the public eye. Gone are the days when space technology was a niche subject only appreciated by a few. Now, the space sector influences our everyday lives, and many of us rely on it. It is no secret that getting into the space sector is challenging, as is the work involved. But is it worth it? The answer is a clear and resounding yes. The Benefits of Working in the Space Sector As we have discussed previously, the space sector has considerable influence over almost everything we do on Earth. Our reliance on satellite technology falls within the space sector, as do things like climate change. From a non-monetary perspective, these are perhaps the clearest benefits of working in the space sector. Climate change is a danger to our future, and one the space sector can help to solve. Everything from advanced climate mapping to AI planning of tree planting relies on space technology. It also has benefits for healthcare, terrestrial safety, and generally improving lives. While many of these advancements began in space, it did not take long for them to be applied to life here on Earth. Then, from a financial perspective, the space sector is a lucrative one. Granted, we should not choose our jobs based on pay alone, but it does help. Space technology is a highly in-demand industry, whether you work in satellites, exploration, or another niche. Much of this comes from working with well-respected companies and people. Both established companies and disruptive start-ups hold great respect within the community, which can translate to better job connections in the future. While breaking into the industry can be difficult, the connections you make along the way can lead to incredible opportunities in the future. Of course, we cannot overlook the obvious benefit of advancing the space sector itself. There are clear reasons why advancing space exploration and technology improves other industries, ranging from greater innovation to improved industrial productivity. And, working on space technology is incredibly interesting in its own right. Finally, growing international investment means there will be more jobs than ever before. For example, the UK government continues to increase its annual investment in space technologies. Whether it is the country’s first spaceports, the booming small-sat industry, or climate technology, the money is there. In the short term, this translates to better employment opportunities. In the long term, it means economic growth and greater chances for international collaboration. Getting Started in the Space Sector Of course, to get started in the space sector, you must have the right drive. It is a competitive and comparatively small industry but is also one you stick with once you are in it. The expected growth in the next few decades will bring more jobs and innovation, so there is arguably no better time than right now to get involved.
The History of VTOL
Our current focus on the booming eVTOL market would be nothing without the historic VTOL aircraft that came before them. We all know the helicopter as a VTOL, but the history involves much more than that. Looking back at the history of VTOL is the only way to see how far we have come in such a short space of time. So, let us take a look back at a few centuries worth of vertical flight. A Quick History of VTOL The first evidence we have for a vertical take-off and landing aircraft is in Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks. Dubbed the Aerial Screw, it was a human-powered helicopter that theoretically would work. Nothing much happened in the next 400 years until the first primitive helicopters flew in 1907. Between then and the post-WW2 era, numerous designs appeared, including Henry Berliner’s horizontal rotor fixed-wing and Nikola Tesla’s 1928 patent. In the early 1950s, American companies Lockheed and Convair won contracts to develop vertical lift fighters. They both succeeded in designing and testing aircraft, but the contracts were later cancelled. After WW2, attention largely turned to the use of jet engines and tilt wings. It resulted in helicopters as we know them today, but also aircraft such as the CL-84, V-22 Osprey, and of course the Harrier Jump Jet. It also spawned numerous variations in the base VTOL rotor design, such as gyrocopters, gyrodynes, and much more. Then, we enter more recent history and find the eVTOL vehicles we all know so well. While their engines might be electric, they still rely on the same principles of vertical lift that have informed the last century of development. Types of VTOL We can break the concept of VTOL down in different ways. There are the three broad categories of vertical take-off and landing, short take-off and landing, and vertical and/or short take-off and landing. As the names suggest, it depends on how much runway (if any) the aircraft needs and to what extent it relies on vertical lift. Of course, we can also count rockets as VTOL aircraft, but they deserve their own attention. Within the three main categories, we can break it down further into rotorcraft and powered lift. Rotorcraft include helicopters, cyclogyro, and gyrodyne, which require rotors to provide vertical and horizontal thrust. Powered lift, however, refers to aircraft that take off vertically but then have fixed wings for horizontal movement. They do not require runways but otherwise provide the same performance you would find in a standard aircraft. It includes tail-sitters, convertiplanes, and vectored-thrust aircraft. Modern unmanned drones largely fall into the rotorcraft VTOL category, particularly designs that rely on the quadcopter setup. However, eVTOLs used as air taxis, such as Volocopter and Lilium Jet vary between powered lift and rotorcraft designs. While all provide vertical lift, they have different ways of managing horizontal flight. What is Next for VTOLs? The near future of VTOLs should be obvious to us all. In the coming years, we will see a boom in eVTOL air taxis, logistics vehicles, and more. The technology exists, and the market is ready for the revolution it will bring. Alongside this, we will see helicopters continue as the dominant standard VTOL. But what does the distant future hold for VTOL aircraft? It is impossible to say. We have seen such massive leaps in such a small time that VTOL design in a hundred years is almost unimaginable. As VTOL technology improves, so too does the limit of its possibilities.
Breaking Through in the Competitive World of Engineering CVs
As a specialist recruitment company, we at KDC encounter CVs every day of our working lives. Coordinating with project managers and companies on industry-leading programmes means we not only see CVs but also applications for incredibly competitive and high-profile jobs. This has led us to ask the question, what aspects of a CV are most relevant? And, more importantly, are project managers getting the right quality CVs land on their desks? The Quality of CVs CVs in the engineering world are fundamentally the same as any other industry. You must include work experience, soft skills, and applicability to the role. But, there are some key considerations when applying for specialist engineering roles. The first is the company advertising the job. This is true for any job application, but with a big difference. Specifically, the sector is usually more niche with fewer companies advertising roles. For example, if you wanted a job in the UK defence industry, you could probably name the potential companies you’d work for. It matters because it allows you to tailor your technical skills to both the role and the larger company. It is where quality really comes in: do your research, know the company, and tailor your CV to suit. Many engineers applying for jobs in things like aerospace or defence probably already know the company they want to work for, making this process a bit easier. Then, of course, is the cultural element. What companies have you worked for previously, and how has this fed into your understanding of workplace culture? Will it help you to fit in at the new company? Many companies in emerging and disruptive industries have a very specific workplace culture that fosters innovation. Use this to your advantage and show your disruptive nature in your application. Again, do your research on the company first to ensure you hit the right tone. When producing a CV of this nature, standing out from the crowd is vital. It is challenging to secure a job with a leading company, as these are often roles people occupy for many years. So, when one comes up, do everything possible to get it. Network with current employees of that company and find out things that will help in your application. The bottom line is that CV quality is never irrelevant. It is vital in the engineering sector, as these are competitive, high-profile jobs that many applicants seek out specifically. Are Project Managers Receiving Quality CVs? In our discussions with project managers, we regularly look into the quality of CVs offered in applications. These are often high quality and relevant to the position, which is always good to know. But, CV quality can always be improved. Whereas a HR employee looks at overall CV quality, a project manager would identify relevant skills and experience, allowing them to search out the best talent for the role. This should tell you everything you need to know about quality CVs in the engineering sector. While layout and formatting are always important, they are never more important than your skills. Engineering is a technical skill-driven industry, so this is what must stand out on your application.
Why are Project Managers Battling with Recruitment Processes?
At KDC, our position in the aerospace and defence engineering sector means we get to see the intricate workings of various projects. One thing that appears to happen all too often is project managers and heads of programmes dealing with recruitment and onboarding processes. As a recruitment company, we decided to look into this further to identify the problem and consider some solutions. So, why are project managers hiring staff and what is this doing to their projects? Project Managers and Recruitment Processes Currently, there appears to be a running concern with project managers and heads of programmes conducting their recruitment processes. While these fall into the HR job role, it is having an impact on productivity and success. Importantly, time spent on interviews and reviewing CVs means less time focusing on key wins, sales processes, and, well, project management. In turn, this leads to missed deadlines and burn-out. After all, project management is a difficult job in itself, and if recruitment is thrown into the mix, it can be easy to stretch oneself too thin. Also, project and line managers can easily become involved in coordination processes. While these begin to drift into the role of a project manager, they are as removed from the job description as recruitment. Importantly, this all boils down to time lost and reduced productivity. While it is vital to have the right talent to ensure a project’s success, it is equally vital to have a focused project manager and programme head. Why Does This Happen? Anyone who has worked on a complex project before will probably know the answer to this question. It mainly boils down to the fact that project managers will usually have the correct specialist knowledge to hire the right talent for the job. After all, the best person to judge someone’s specialism is another specialist. While it would be unfair to say anything negative about HR employees, it is unreasonable to assume they would have the right knowledge to a specialist engineer for an aerospace or defence project. There is an important difference between a good-looking CV and a talented, appropriate candidate. Therefore, it is understandable why project managers and programme heads would want to be involved in the recruitment process. They want the best for their project, and the only way to guarantee this is to hire the right people. Unfortunately, balancing their full job role against extra recruitment work is not easy or productive. What is the Solution? Arguably, the solution is to connect with people who specialise in both fields. By combining engineering and recruitment knowledge, it is possible to provide the best of both worlds. It is unreasonable to expect HR employees to learn engineering, just as it is unreasonable to expect engineers to learn recruitment processes. Recruitment is a time-consuming process, particularly when sourcing specialist talent. Roles that receive a high volume of applications can take months to fulfil, even working full time. As we know, this is valuable time that project managers and programme heads cannot afford to lose. One way to handle this balance between specialisms is to outsource. Using a company that knows both engineering and recruitment means you are more likely to get the right candidates (or at least an appropriate shortlist) and do not have to spend time doing it yourself. It would be a win for everyone.