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  • Antenna Design Engineer

    KDC Resource is currently supporting a large aerospace engineering organisation looking for an Antenna Design Engineer to be based in Marlow.

    At Marlow, the Client design and manufacture active and passive avionics antennas and electronic control systems for military and civil communications, navigation and search and rescue applications. They pioneered frequency agile VHF tuneable antennas and continue to be a key supplier to major avionics companies. Their GPS anti-jam technology utilises state of the art DSP algorithms with an active antenna to eliminate both narrow-band and wide-band jamming signals. Both military and civil users rely on their direction finding systems for search and rescue operations.

    The Client develop and manufacture high specification sector and multi-sector, directional, omni-directional, ultra-wideband (UWB) and MIMO antennas.

    A wide range of products are available for customers, small and large, worldwide in Commercial, Military, Satellite and Security markets.

    Tasks & Responsibilities:
    You will be working with a team of around ten other antenna design engineers on a wide variety of designs. This would typically cover the full development cycle from requirements capture, system level design, concept development, simulation, prototyping, build, through to verification and production handover.

    Effectively the Antenna Design Engineer will act as the Subject Matter Expert for Antenna's.
    They will mentor and lead the incumbent team and act as the technical interface between the business and the Project Managers.

    Essential Skills:
    • A solid theoretical underpinning in electromagnetic and circuit theory
    • Familiarity with one or more electromagnetic solvers (for example CST MWS, FEKO, HFSS)
    • Must have experience of Antenna design and active / passive RF and Microwave circuit design experience
    • Must have experience of GPS Patch Antenna design (sub 2GHz Band)
    • Must have a Degree in Antenna Design, Electronic/Electrical or Communications (but the degree would have to include Antenna Design).
    • Experience of Leading and mentoring a team (from a technical perspective).

    You will be working with sensitive data and as such you should be willing to undergo BPSS (Baseline) & Disclosure Barring Service Checks before being able to commence the contract

    For more information on this role, click apply!

    Keywords: antenna, design, RF, Microwave, gps, anti-jam, vhf, tuneable antenna, 2GHz, UWB, ultra-wideband

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  • Commodity Manager

    KDC Resource are working with a leading organisation in the Defence and Space Industry who are seeking a Commodity Manager to join their site in Portsmouth.

    This business unit is a transnational organization with substantial footprints in all four founding countries and beyond; they are highly operational and directly impact the full spectrum of Defence and Space programmes including influence on nearly 80% of Airbus revenues; with an external reach of more than 10,000 active suppliers.

    Employing over 1200 professionals worldwide, Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics offers opportunities to expand on experiences and grow. Professionals across project supply, commodity management, contracts expertise, supply chain operations or logistics management, the procurement team uses collective intelligence and maximizes synergies to continuously improve and deliver results.

    The role

    This vacancy is for a Commodity Manager within strategic procurement.
    As a Commodity Manager, you are a vital part in the procurement and supply chain community. You are in charge of securing supplier lines, to deliver value for money and to develop structured relationships with key suppliers. The main responsibility is to develop and execute a strategy for your commodity which includes supplier evaluation, supplier financial analysis, risk management, make or buy analyses, negotiations and long-term contract establishment with suppliers. You will develop a solid working knowledge of certain commodity trends including: cost drivers, global pricing, market and industry trends and material lead times to maintain availability of cost-effective supplies of materials, equipment and services.
    Commodity management requires a strategic and robust plan to ensure that both value and risk is managed correctly, and innovation is encouraged. The role of a commodity manager is very complex and it has to be undertaken by someone who is capable of understanding markets, the supply chain and how the business works. You will work with Multifunctional Teams - MFT (with members from different functions like e.g. Engineering, Finance, PMO, Quality etc.) to secure the successful management of your Commodity.
    Your commodity will be Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services procurement. You will work with established worldwide operating providers such as Iberia, Sabena Technics, FlyBe, Air Nostrum and as well with local champions that need to be industrially developed. You will not only work with Airbus' own a/c portfolio (A400M, MRTT, C295 etc.) but also with a/c from other manufacturers.
    With your work, you will contribute to the expansion of our successful military a/c fleet and related services, which is a vital part of Airbus Defence and Space growth strategy.

    Tasks and Responsibilities

    ·Establish, implement & monitor a Commodity strategy for your perimeter
    ·Manage supplier relationships
    ·Lead the (Sub-) Commodity Multi-Functional Team
    ·Lead the bid, tender and supplier selection process
    ·Lead and contribute to Procurement/ Value Creation projects & initiatives that aim at delivering synergies and savings
    ·Lead negotiations with supplier to assure program expectations are meet
    ·Set-up and negotiate contractual agreements with suppliers
    ·Lead Supplier Evaluation Development (SED) and Vendor Management, and define action plans to develop strategic suppliers


    •Degree in Engineering, Business Management or equivalent
    •Proven experience in activities which have allowed you to acquire sound skills and knowledge of:
    ØProject Management
    •Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to persuade, influence and convince
    •Experience of working in a matrix environment with proven record of successful stakeholder management
    •Able to anticipate, assess and mitigate risks
    •Excellent skills in relationship building, team building, empowering, motivating others and conflict management
    •Negotiation level of English
    •Knowledge of SAP would be an asset

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    £35 per hour
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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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    In line with experience
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  • Buyer


    KDC Resource are working with a leading organisation in the Aerospace Industry who are looking for a Buyer to ensure the effective procurement of materials, components, major work packages and services whilst coordinating the procurement activities for designated vendors within a commodity group. This role is based in Wimborne, Dorset.

    As a Buyer you will be working in a high technology facility in Wimborne, the role will require drive and determination along with the ability to implement positive change. There is a big opportunity for training and development and offer career potential for the right individual. You will be working on World leading products and be responsible for the buying activity for specific commodities, for on time delivery and Material Price Variance associated with inbound supply of goods/services.

    This position will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in the following areas:

    ·Experience working in a supply chain organization
    ·Previous experience as a Buyer within a technology/engineering/manufacturing company (ideally mechanical/aerospace)
    ·Bachelor degree in Business, Operations, Supply Chain or related field
    ·Experience in influencing and or negotiating
    ·Supplier Relationship management
    ·Technical knowledge of commodities being managed
    ·Able to work to financial and time sensitive constraints

    As a Buyer your key responsibilities will include:

    ·Ensure all Purchase Orders are acknowledged by the vendor base
    ·Action MRP exception messages , schedule ins/out and cancellations in a timely manner
    ·Review and manage the open Purchase Order book MRP to ensure component/service deliveries are delivered in line with requirements
    ·Ensure latest projected dates of supply dates from vendors are maintained accurately on the ERP system to ensure production lines of balance are accurate
    ·Manage the communication embodiment of change making amendments to requirements, schedule and price as required
    ·Data owner for all supply master data and procurement elements of plan for each part
    ·Monitor delivery status of scheduled receipts to ensure on time delivery to need.
    ·Monitor, evaluate and report on the performance of suppliers,
    ·Ensure timely disposition and return of any non-conforming supplier material ensuring rapid replenishment to support production need.
    ·Manage day to day procurement activities including internal and vendor communications; negotiating schedule and delivery changes with vendors; negotiating price changes with vendors
    ·You will be a team player with excellent communications skills and the ability to influence both internal and external stakeholders to achieve the best results. Initiative, drive and problem solving capabilities are key characteristics needed for this role.

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    Wimborne Minster
    £24000 - £34000 per annum
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  • Avionic Systems Engineer

    KDC are currently looking for experienced Avionics Systems & Development Engineers to be based onsite with a client in the Bristol area.
    You will be contributing to the successful development and entry into service of a new aircraft and assuring that type certification is compliant to all applicable avionics environmental requirements. You will be involved in planning the qualification activities relating to new avionics and new development.

    • Analyse Qualification Test Documentation and provide expertise to the Avionics Systems Designer relating to RTCA/DO-160 Environmental Qualification. Evaluating the Supplier's QT Data against DO-160 and requirements.
    • Participate in Avionic Test Plan Analysis.
    • Coordinate with Avionics Design Team, Electromagnetic Effects group and Suppliers to resolve any open items/comments/deviation or missing information in the qualification supplier's evidences (QTP, QTR, QSAR, TSO, etc.)
    • Closure of the TSOA/ QTRs/ QSARs findings and deviations;
    • Identify the additional test required for qualification and prepare the appropriate documentation (RFQ, QTplan, QTP, QTR) assuring compliance of test plans and artefacts with the company standards.

    Job Requirements:
    Minimum 5+ years of broad avionics engineering experience. Including 5 years' experience specific to company test and certification test (Rig, Ground, Flight).

    Must be familiar with:
    • Experience in DO-160 Qualification activities
    • Experience in certification activities pertinent to Part 25 aircrafts with FAA/EASA/JCAB
    • Experience with TSO, QSAR and Test Procedures/Reports
    • Experience with test equipment and/or systems

    Keywords: Avionics, environmental test, environmental qualification, QTP, QTR, FAA/ EASA/ JCAB/ CAA, Test procedures, certification

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