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  • Software Architect - Space Systems

    Are you a Software Architect with a strong software development background looking for a progressive position in a satellite communications company? You should be able to architect bespoke software solutions, lead development teams and prepare technical proposals. KDC are working on a position that could offer you a challenging role based in Luton.

    Software Architect & Technical Manager
    • System Design Authority - responsible for the overall design of software systems, compliance to requirements and any applicable legislation and acceptance by clients.
    • Plan and execute Integration and Test campaigns
    • Management of technical team, including subcontracts if required.
    • Technical point of contact with the client
    • Production of documents (technical and also development plans)
    • Preparation for and presentation of formal technical milestone reviews (e.g. Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Factory Acceptance Test, Site Acceptance Test)
    • Responsibility for delivery of technical aspects of the project to schedule, budgeted effort and quality requirements.
    Preparation of proposals to win new work including:
    • Understanding of the technical requirements and the context within the overall project scope.
    • Specification of the solution, trading off alternatives
    • Accurately estimating the effort required to implement the solution (covering the full life-cycle of the project)
    • Writing clear, concise, technical proposals to express the solution and its benefits to the client
    Software Development
    • On occasion, the role can require hands-on software development support to projects (e.g. coding of critical areas, code review, prototyping/validating approaches & frameworks to be adopted).

    Qualifications / Experience
    • Degree in relevant subject with Software Engineering modules or equivalent experience
    • Ideally the candidate will have at least 10 years commercial experience of software development, preferably in a space engineering domain.

    • Technical proposal writing
    • Requirements analysis
    • Software system design using modern architectures
    • Integration and Test
    • Software Team leadership
    • Accurate software development effort estimation
    • Configuration management (Git source code control)
    • Good working knowledge of software development methodologies (Agile and Waterfall)
    • Knowledge of Space Ground Segment software domains (Control Centres, Earth Observation)
    • UML (Enterprise Architect)
    • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
    • Continuous integration/deployment environments (Jenkins)
    • Understanding of virtualisation / cloud based computing
    • Web application development (javascript, HTML/CSS, JQuery, PHP, Python)
    • Web content management (Drupal / PHP)
    • Relational database design and solutions (e.g. Oracle, Postgres, SQL)
    • Big Data Processing & Frameworks (e.g. Hadoop)
    • Big Data Databases (e.g. HDFS, other non-SQL)
    • Linux development
    • Scripting (e.g. shell, perl, python)

    • Strong written and oral communication
    • Team player, open and keen to contribute
    • Conscientious, hard working
    • Attention to detail

    If this position is something of interest, please send through your CV and call 01202 596366 to speak to Eugene.

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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 Stevenage!

    Contract length

    1 year

    The Role

    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: Procurement, Engineering, Services, Project 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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  • Operations Manager

    KDC Projects are an Aerospace engineering organisation who are seeking an Operations Manager to join their team based in Bristol! This position will offer you a challenging role where you would be rewarded with growth and development, careers progression and intricate projects to keep you continuously motivated. Reporting to the Business Manager, you will play an important role in all day to day operational aspects related to the assigned area. You will have a proven track record of providing leadership and oversight of the provision of engineering service, in line with the agreed strategy.

    Key Responsibilities

    ·With the support of Team Leaders and Project Managers deliver all projects in their assigned area to Time, Cost and Quality requirements
    ·Responsible for all PMO activities (full lifecycle from Bid Management to execution through to project close out and lessons learnt)
    ·Accountable for the implementation of operational systems, processes, and policies and any subsequent improvements
    ·Long and short term strategic planning, execution and monitoring
    ·Active risk management and crisis management
    ·Resource management
    ·Ensure IT systems required for service provision are available and suitable
    ·Account Management responsibilities for allocated Clients
    ·Collaboration with Business Development Manager on new clients


    ·Proven track record of team leadership and Project Management
    ·Ability to communicate effectively with, and influence, internal and external stakeholders
    ·Demonstrated experience in risk and dependency management
    ·Experience of working under pressure/ resilience
    ·Good organisational skills
    ·Quick learner and highly self-motivated
    ·Strong commercial awareness
    ·Dynamic and innovative
    ·Analytical and pragmatic


    ·Experience with Airbus Products
    ·Aerospace experience

    Apply now or call Holly Auger on 01202 596374

    Job Type:
    £45000 - £50000 per annum
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  • RAMS Engineer

    Are you a RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) Engineer with experience in design and development of advanced electronics equipment in the Aerospace and Defence sector?
    Do you have Reliability Engineering experience with EEE equipment and subsystems?

    If you do then this is an exciting opportunity to work with a market leader.

    As a RAMS Engineer you will:
    • Provide RAMS support to the payload and equipment RAMS work package responsible engineer.
    • Prepare, maintain and enhance statistical reliability and availability analyses for telecom satellite payloads and equipment
    • Prepare and maintain FMEA/FMECA for satellite payload and equipment.
    • Prepare and maintain safety and hazard analysis for satellite payload and equipment.
    • Review and oversee that supplier's RAMS documents are received on time and in quality.
    • Participate in preparation of parts stress and worst case analysis.

    The successful candidate will have the following Skills/Experience:
    • RAMS/Reliability Engineering Experience at EEE equipment and subsystems
    • Experience gained in design and development of advanced electronics equipment, Aerospace and Defence sector
    • RAMS Reliability Engineering Software package: Relex, Reliasoft, Isograph
    • Standards/accreditations/methodologies (i.e. ECSS, MIL-HDBK, FIDES, IEC)
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Team working skills
    • Communication skills
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Time and Work package Management

    Education & Training:
    • Degree/advanced degree or equivalent in field of Electronic Engineering
    • Professional certification in Reliability Engineering (desirable)

    • Travel: Must be able to travel within UK and Europe as required by the project and work package
    • Enhanced security clearance requirements

    Job Type:
    £40 per hour
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  • Quality Inspector

    Looking for a change or progression in your career? Are you a skilled Senior Quality Control Inspector?
    A global company is seeking a Senior Quality Control Inspector to come on board their team. This company specializes in the most advanced composite and metallic solutions for the aerospace and defence industry.
    The skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing capabilities of the company allow it to provide complete customer satisfaction with their superior quality and attention to detail.
    The role and responsibilities:
    • Resource, delegate and fulfil the day to day work activity of the QC team
    • Ensuring at all times that test equipment and test procedures are used within the agreed safety procedure/guidelines
    • Raising of 5 why and 8 D documentation and supporting the rest of the team in this activity
    • Completion of Quality Reports
    • FAIR
    • God Inwards Inspection
    • KPI and QC Performance reporting
    The following key skills are desired for this job:
    • Experience in the Aerospace Industry
    • Recognised qualifications in Manufacturing and Quality Management Systems
    • Knowledge of requirements found in SABRe (Rolls Royce) an advantage
    • A full understanding of Non- Conformance Reporting and experience of review, investigation and resolution of manufacturing non-conformances.
    • Experience with composites is also desired

    For more information click apply!!

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