- Facilities Project Manager
Job Title: Facilities Project Manager KDC is currently recruiting for a Facilities Project Manager. They are providing the opportunity for you to join them and allow you to show your expertise in management, organisation and communication skills. You will also need to be someone who is motivational and an influential person to speak to. This role is split in two, People safety at work and the A380 Sunset. This would involve the closure of the A380 project and then to drive the future use of the building and the associated master plan to optimise the building, also whilst at the same time ensuring collation of a 3 year CAPEX investment plan. This is a 3-6 month contract with extension likely. The skills that are desirable are; • An Experienced team leader with Excellent Stakeholder management skills • Be a master or program management, I.E. multi project schedules • Outstanding communication and influencing skills with the ability to challenge Senior leaders within the organisation Ideally previous Aerospace would be beneficial to yourself.Read more
- Static Stress Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for our client in Bristol. If you are an experienced stress engineer and are open to new opportunities then this could be the role for you. Job description: You will be performing static stress investigations and analysis using SA available data to support A321XLR. Contribute to static inputs for A321XLR programme maturity gates and reviews, e.g. PDR, CDR, etc. Key responsibilities: You will perform static structural analysis activities within the A321 XLR Wing project engineering team. Activities to include and not limited to: • Creating Preliminary stress sheets in support of Design Reviews, Justification stress dossiers in support of Certification, creating detailed FEMS. • Pre sizing new or modified structure - advising Designers of stress needs • Contribute and compile static stress review activities for functional deliverables. Requirements: 5 Year's or more experience in an Engineering structural analysis role. You may have held Stress approval in metallic and composite structures. Key words: Static Engineer, ISAMI, A321 XLR, Wings, CompositeRead more
- Responsible QA Engineer
Job Title: Responsible QA Engineer KDC are recruiting a Quality Assurance Engineer for one of the leading Aerospace companies in the world. In this role you would be reporting directly to the Head of Quality Assurance and you would be working as part of a team on propulsion systems for Telecommunication and Earth Navigation science projects. This Global leader is giving you the opportunity for you to join their highly skilled Quality Assurance team, allowing you to bring your knowledge and experience to ensure that all problems are eliminated proactively, improve operational performance, maintain low costs but most Importantly keeping their people Safe and the customers fully satisfied in your unique and highly specialized operations and product. Skill/Experience Required; • Academic degree in Engineering with at least 3 years Production, Quality or Engineering experience within the Aerospace or Military industry. • Excellent communication and organizational skills with an ability to analyse and assess complex issues. • Good understanding of Quality Assurance and product assurance activities. • Good analytical skills and methodical approach to problem resolution and investigation. • Willingness to work on shift, on-call or off-site when required. This role would entail; • Proactively promoting and conducting risk analyses • Driving the efficient management of non-conformance and Cost of non-quality reduction • Carrying out Audits A Successful candidate would also be required to apply and receive a disclosure Scotland (DBS) certificate prior to commencement of the contract. If you're interested in the role please directly apply or contact myself on 01202 596366.Read more
- Marketing Executive
Fed up with your current marketing role? Looking for an opportunity in an innovative growing company? Then the role of Marketing Executive at KDC Resource might be for you. KDC Resource consultants are experts in their field. That's why we're trusted by major global aerospace companies and the worlds most promising technology start-ups to find the right people to make planes fly, get rockets to orbit and to design the future of urban mobility. However, we need to tell more people about our expertise and our achievements so that we can attract more clients, candidates and consultants. That's where you come in! You will be reporting directly to the senior management, helping to deliver the marketing strategy for 2020 and beyond. We have very clearly defined targets of what success looks like with regard to the outcomes of this marketing, and will be delighted to reward success! Ideally you will have some experience of the following areas; • Email Marketing • Website management • Content Marketing • Social Media (organic & paid) • Offline marketing • Design skills • Basic HTML As a team we enjoy a fun working environment and are looking for someone who will fit in and enjoy the same. Ready to start a conversation? Just click apply now. Thanks for considering a career with KDC Resource and we hope to be speaking to you in the near future.Read more
- Lead Design Engineer
Lead Design Engineer KDC are currently seeking a Lead Design Engineer for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. Based in Broughton, Chester this role will give you the chance to operate within a multi-functional team and contribute to design inputs for the A350 Wing. This exciting opportunity will give you the chance to carry out the Design Authorisation of technical documents and draw sets, validate technical inputs to TRS and complete MOD closure activities. You will be accountable to ensure quality and technical delivery performance is consistent and in line with cascaded Design Quality Assurance Criteria. You will also define, deliver and enable technical studies, trades and investigations to ensure the delivery of technical solutions in accordance to relevant design methods and procedures. Key skills and experiences: • Previous experience working on Airbus products at authoriser level. • Aerospace industry background or high spec industry experience (e.g.Formula 1 or Satellites) The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35 hour week at an hourly rate of £38.00 Ltd Company. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- Technical Author
Are you an experienced technical author with a strong background in rotary aircraft? KDC is currently working with a long-running, family run business based in Austria that is looking for a technical author who will write technical documentation for medical system installation for rotary aircrafts. Your role will involve: • Creating technical documentation for medical emergency services product installation to be used in small jets and rotary aircraft. • Work closely with Development team • Work on documentation for wide breadth of aircraft complying with CS27 & CS29 standards • Streamline and re-work older projects What you will have: • 4 years' experience as a technical author for rotary aircraft • Fluent English • Full understanding of CS27 & CS29 standards • Good Microsoft Office skills • Happy to work in a fast-paced environment • Able to communicate effectively in a small team Does working with a family run business looking to grow and helps save lives sound appealing to you? If so, then please apply to learn more about this exciting opportunity.Read more
- F&DT Engineer
KDC are currently seeking a Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Engineer for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. Based in Filton, this role will give you the chance to contribute to A321XLR Wing project engineering team. This exciting opportunity will give you the chance to work within a team of F&DT stress engineers where you will be performing stress investigations and analysis using SA available data to support A321XLR Wing programme deliverables. You will also be creating preliminary stress sheets in support of Design reviews, Justification dossiers in support of certification, pre sizing new or modified structures and contributing and compiling F&DT review activities for functional deliverables on a day to day basis. You have proven track record of: • Producing F&DT calculations with minimal leadership or supervision and presenting those calculations in a concise and clear manner • Generating engineering solutions which are optimized to assure enhanced business / customer value whilst maintaining focus on deliverable quality and programme schedule. • Finding creative solutions to complex problems and low RF resolution. • You will have experience in airframe engineering and preferably on Wing structures. • Communicate technical subjects effectively and accurately to both specialists and non-specialists. • Adherence to Airworthiness regulations, relevant design principles, processes, methods and manufacturing capabilities guidelines. • Experience using the Airbus Fatigue and Damage Tolerance analysis methods and tools including ISAMI, Legacy AUK and Harmonized Fatigue approaches. The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35 hour week at an hourly rate of £38.00 Ltd Company. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- Test & Verification Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for an experienced Test and Verification Engineer to join one of our biggest clients based in Newport. If you are open to new opportunities and are keen to work in the Defence & Space industry, then this could be the role you've been looking for! The Test & Verification Engineer will be specifically responsible for all deliverables pertaining to the design and execution of test cases and test scripts for each designated test phase of the Programme to which they are allocated. Key responsibilities: •Identifying stage test phase motivators and contributing to the detailed stage test phase detailed project plans in conjunction with the Lead Engineer •Compiling the stage test phase test cases •Allocating and coordinating the stage test phase test execution schedules •Assisting in the production of the stage and phase Risk Analysis •Production of stage test phase Test Plans •Production of stage phase Test Scripts including the definition of test data and expected results •Evaluate and report on the progress and effectiveness of test effort against stage test phase project plans •Assist in the review and validation all Subcontractor/Supplier test deliverables, including on-site inspections at Subcontractor/supplier premises. •Production of the stage test phase Test Exit Reports •Evaluate and report on the product quality of all stage and phase test deliverables •Perform test execution of test phase test scripts, record and verify results and capture defects upon observation of non-compliance •Responsible for defining the test environment configuration required to support scheduled tests during a stage test phase. Personally, resolve problems Like: •Issues arising from the T&V stage test phase test team •Compiling the stage phase test cases •Allocating and coordinating the stage test phase test execution schedules •The production of stage phase test scripts including the definition of test data and expected results •Evaluate and report on the progress and effectiveness of test effort against stage test phase plans •Escalating issues concerning Subcontractor/Supplier test deliverables to the Lead Engineer •Production of the stage test phase Test Exit Reports. •Evaluate and report on the product quality of all stage and phase test deliverables Experience: •At least 3 years test engineering experience •Experience of projects involving multiple suppliers using varying delivery and test approaches •Knowledge and experience of IEEE829 and BS7925-2 (or equivalent) •Understanding of Problem, Change, Release and Configuration Management processes •Broad understanding of the Prince2 project management methodology •Proven experience in Comms/network infrastructure testing •Knowledge of environmental/TEMPEST test techniques •Knowledge of Military/secure/civil infrastructure systems testing Education: •Educated to HND/Degree level either in a science or engineering based subject •Formal qualifications in testing (Foundation level of ISEB Software Testing) •Appropriate manufacturers or technical course (i.e. Oracle, SQL) Key Words - Test & Verification Engineer, Network Engineer, SC, IEEE829, BS7925-2, Prince 2Read more
- Design Metallic Approver
Metallic Design Approver (Checker) KDC are currently seeking an Metallic Design Engineer for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. Based in Filton, Bristol, this role will give you the chance to operate within a multi-functional team and contribute to design inputs for A321XLR programme maturity gates and reviews. This exciting opportunity will give you the chance to perform design investigations using SA available data and generate or check Scheme, Data drop and DFM maturity models and drawings to support A321XLR design deliverables. You will be accountable for generating engineering solutions which are optimized to assure enhanced business/customer value whilst maintaining focus on deliverable quality and programme schedule. Key skills and experiences: -5-8 years of relevant experience in design. -SA metallic design approval (Check) signatory. -Catia V5, DPDS, Optegra, Zamiz, Checklist The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35 hour week at an hourly rate of £33.00 Ltd Company. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- Business and Project Management Controller (BPMC)
Business and Project Management Controller. KDC are currently seeking a Project Controller for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. The business is looking for a small deployed team of project controllers, made up of people who are diligent in tracking project and ensuring delivering to committed deadlines. Based in Filton, Bristol, this role will give you the chance to be part of the Business Operations team within the Landing Gear Centre of Competence (CoC). This exciting opportunity will give you the chance to work within a team of Project Controllers where you will be involved with the progress/action chasing, analysing spend vs budgets, provisioning purchase orders and reviewing project performance. You will be involved with a wide range of business disciplines, but all centred on operational business management activities. You will be acting as key member of the Landing Gear team and will be ensuring processes are implemented in a consistent manner via application of the Landing Gear CoC Operational Management System (OMS). Key skills and experiences: -Educated in Business management. -Excellent organizational skills. -Great at delivering oral and written communications at all levels. -Have a good understanding of the Engineering and environment. -Contribute fully to continuous improvement and change management. The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35 hour week at an hourly rate of £25.00 Ltd Company. The initial length of this contract is for 12 months with an expectation it may be extended. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- RF Test LabVIEW Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for a new RF Test Engineer to join our client over in Portsmouth. If you're experienced in this field and are interested in the Defence and space industry, then this could be the role you have been waiting for. Once you start you will be reporting to Head of Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) Test Systems and working within a team of test system specialists to develop and deliver RF test systems used during telecom satellite payload test phases. After delivery, the systems require support in the UK (Portsmouth) and occasionally abroad in France (Toulouse). This may include test investigations, reporting evidence, attending customer meetings and working closely with other engineering teams within AIT and the Telecoms Payload business, division supporting technical aspects of Engineering and Test The role requires the person to be self-motivated to work and manage their time efficiently to meet the project schedule dates. Job Activities: •Develop RF measurements from customer requirements •Development and maintenance of LabVIEW test executive and libraries of tests •Integration of new features into existing system •Produce product documentation, technical and status reports Qualifications and skills: •Formal NI qualification with experience developing software in the Test and Measurement field •Experience of LabVIEW Object Oriented Programming and Classes and Actor Framework •Experience using RF test instrumentation: Network Analysers, Spectrum Analysers, Power Meters, Signal Generators and Arbitrary Waveform Generators with modulation techniques •Knowledge of Test Instrumentation control (SCPI) •Knowledge of satellite architecture and RF test methods typically used within the satellite industry •Have a working knowledge of other software tools and languages (XML, Subversion (SVN), MATLAB ) •Team player able to integrate easily and quickly into existing AIT teams Key Words: RF Test Engineer, Test Technician, BPSS, LABVIEW, Satellites, PortsmouthRead more
- Space Communication
Are you an Electronics Design Engineer within Space Communications and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that has some technical leadership experience within the space environment, responsible for conducting trade off analysis to inform payload design and optimisation. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Responsible for the design, development of a high data rate free optical communication detector and data management system for an airborne payload. • Design, assembly of electrical and data subsystems for a nanosatellite laser communication terminal. • Verify designs through simulation and laboratory to ensure they meet requirements, working with AIT lead. • Design and manufacturing of test equipment, working closely with AIT lead. Analysis of test data and testing equipment, subsystems as required. • Planning, completing and documenting validation and qualification testing of new designs. • Managing external subcontractors where appropriate Required skills/experience: • Experience developing high speed electronics architecture for communication applications, ideally in a space environment. • Practical experience with digital signal processing methods, hardware, design. • Experience designing, testing PCBs. Electronic circuits design, review and component procurement, ideally for a space environment. • FPGA design, programming and integration experience for aerospace application. • Experience developing electrical subsystems for space environment • Proficient English, positive attitude, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment. • Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles, proactively push progress forward Desirable additional skills/experience: • Soldering to Space industry standards (Certification would be a plus). • Experience designing, implementing free space optical communication systems and relevant electronics, particularly intensity modulation methods (OOK, PPM, PAM), detection, noise reduction, signal processing, interleaving, forwards error correction. • Systems engineering experience, exposure. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!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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