KDC Resource are a provider of permanent and contract engineering and technical candidates to the global defence market.

Defence contractors require the finest engineering talent in order to help them develop some of the most sophisticated defence systems 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 recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels.

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Live Defence Jobs

  • Aero Product Manager

    Our global client based in the Portsmouth area is looking for a Product Manager to join their team on a contract basis.

    The purpose of the role is to manage the lifecycle of various Communications Products in the Airborne environment for Government and Military customers (UK/US and EMEA) within the Product Management Team of Secure Communications. This extends from monitoring of existing products with a view to increasing the user experience, profitability, and quality of service to developing new products for the business and enhancing the portfolio. You will develop products from new ideas, using your contact with customers and prospects and especially suppliers (existing and potential). You will possess a unique blend of business and technical understanding; a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality. You will enjoy spending time in the market to understand their problems, and find innovative solutions for the broader market.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Capture customer requirements and needs
    • Specifying new services, features, products and processes
    • Analyse competitive offers and develop a product benchmark
    • Managing the entire product lifecycle from strategic planning to tactical activities
    • Developing and implementing a go-to-market plan, working with Marketing, Business Intelligence & Pricing teams
    • Promote products externally with support of sales and Marketing
    • Maintain the product promotion in the portfolio
    • Develop a sound understanding of the product commercial aspects (pricing strategies, costs, margins)
    • Propose actions to increase margins (renegotiation of tariffs, improvement efficiencies, new price schemes)
    • Manage the product Lifecycle, creating the roadmap and alignment of R&D with R&T

    Ideal candidates should have the following experience:
    • Experience of Product Management / Marketing / Development
    • Understanding of financial metrics and measures
    • Understanding of Product Management proficiencies
    • Understanding of the Airborne market and requirements
    • Good communications and organisational skills
    • Interest in continuous improvement
    • Understanding of airborne products, technology and their applications
    • Experience of working in a Military / Government / aero related environment
    • Experience of Satellite communications

    Please note, you must have the right to work in the EU.

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  • Cost Modeller

    Cost Modeller
    Are you a cost modeller who is advanced in Microsoft excel? Have you got experience using oracle? Can you work independently? Have you got a background in finance in the public sector? Have you got experience using financial systems? If you do this role could be for you!
    About the role,
    You will be working in Leeds for the Ministry Of Justice at 5 Wellington place under an initial 6 month contract. The work you'll be doing is outside the IR35 scope so you can go through a limited company.
    Minimum requirements,
    For this role you will need to have a very strong knowledge of Microsoft excel as you will be heavily using this system in your day to day work. You should also be able to interrogate, manipulate and analyse data. You need to have some experience of financial systems, if you have oracle financials this is advantageous. You should have some experience in public sector outsourced contract arrangements. If you have experience in P2P major contract management situations this is highly beneficial in your application. You need to have shown you can manipulate and handle data in a previous role.

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  • Manufacturing Engineer

    Do you have a background in Manufacturing Engineering with composite and polymer materials? Are you looking for a challenging role in the Defence sector? This could be the perfect opportunity for you!

    KDC are working with a leading supplier to the Defence industry in Dorset who are seeking a Manufacturing Engineer to join their team on a permanent basis.

    This position will offer you the opportunity to develop your skills in manufacturing engineering, optimising production performance for a wide range of composite and polymer products and processes.

    Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
    • Provide Manufacturing Information Sheets, route cards, bill of materials and manufacturing specification data in accordance with company standards.
    • Develop the most cost effective and efficient solutions that satisfy design to cost and design for manufacture best practice.
    • Specify material requirements, define suitable methods of manufacture and identify and implement tooling and equipment.
    • Creation of test specifications and manufacture of composite and polymer test samples.
    • Develop processes to a production steady state standard that meets specification and design intent.
    • Support design and customer reviews and other meetings as required.
    • Support Production and Quality Assurance in resolving production problems and non-conformances.
    • Utilise Lean Principles to improve the product, process flow, build cycle and waste reduction.
    • Train employees on process, applications, and manufacturing specification data.

    Key requirements:
    • Relevant engineering/manufacturing/chemistry qualification and/or equivalent experience
    • Specific experience of composite & polymer materials and materials/component processing
    • Computer literate, windows based and 3D model-based definition (CATIA v5 preferred)
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels
    • Strong problem-solving ability applied through a practical approach
    • Continuous Improvement, zero defect and customer focused mind-set

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  • Structural Engineer

    Do you have a background in Composite Structural Analysis? Are you looking for a challenging role in the Defence sector? This could be the perfect opportunity for you!

    KDC are working with a leading supplier to the Defence industry in Dorset who are seeking a Structural Engineer to join their team on a permanent basis.

    This position will offer you the opportunity to develop your skills in stress analysis of composite structures for a wide range of defence projects using computer aided engineering (CAE) analysis tools.

    Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
    • Design analysis to ensure the project scope of work and technical specification is met in full.
    • Engineering technical support for other functions. Advise on material selection and processing. Develop designs into production ready product that meets the requirement specification.
    • Produce technical reports in support of analysis and material testing.
    • Ensure all design activity and project work is carried out to Company procedures or overriding customer requirements.
    • When directed to be Project owner you will be responsible for design file management, project resource management, project schedule adherence and project budget management, and providing monthly reports to the Engineering Manager/relevant Project management team on project performance as required.
    • Provide timely engineering responses to Technical Queries.
    • Liaise with internal stakeholders, external suppliers and the customers and ensure that the New Product Introduction process is adhered to.
    • Undertake continuous personal development and keep abreast of industry specific design engineering developments and innovation.

    Key requirements:
    • Relevant Engineering further education or equivalent experience and further professional training.
    • Aerospace, composites and manufacturing process support experience.
    • Proven stress analysis experience of applicable structures, use of MSC NASTRAN/ PATRAN (or similar FE software) and hand calculations.
    • Working knowledge of Engineering Office procedures.
    • Highly accurate, strong attention to detail and methodical approach; able to write thorough and clear reports.
    • Computer literate (MS Office) and preferable experience in programming and use of tools such as Visual Basic

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  • Senior Systems Engineer

    Are you a Systems Engineer with experience of working within the Space Sector?

    KDC are currently working with a Global Space Company based in the Luton area who are currently seeking a skilled Systems Engineer to join their team. This company specialise in satellite communications, earth observation data and navigation applicants.

    This position will give you the opportunity to take full ownership in the design of complex ground segment systems and provide technical management through multiple projects.

    You will have the opportunity to develop your skill set further in the following areas:

    • Understanding complex ground segment systems
    • Designing ground segment systems
    • Writing technical specifications for engineers
    • Writing technical proposals
    • Test planning for ground segment systems
    • Technical management of projects

    You will have previous experience in the following areas:

    • Systems engineering
    • Technical authoring
    • Knowledge of space craft systems
    • Knowledge of ground segment systems
    • Good knowledge of payload data processing

    Keywords: systems, systems engineer, design, ground segment, space craft, satellite, space, navigation systems

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