Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Product Assurance Specialist


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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

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STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.

RAL Space

Based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and are at the forefront of UK Space Research.

Product Assurance is the discipline of planning and implementing activities to provide assurance that the space hardware and software we design, build and test will fulfil its intended purpose. The Product Assurance Group in RAL Space supports the department’s projects with these activities.

Job Requirements

  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK
  • A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics and Physics at Grade C or above
  • Good written communication
  • Strong capability in analysing and solving problems
  • Evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

The work would initially be assisting more experienced members of the Product Assurance group in their role as project Product Assurance Managers, with the job holder becoming increasing capable over time of operating autonomously as a PA Manager.

The PA discipline is wide-ranging and includes:

  • Quality assurance
  • Dependability
  • Safety
  • Electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) components
  • Materials, processes and mechanical parts
  • Software product assurance.

The role requires thorough and conscientious work to tight deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, adapting to changing priorities as the need arises. The work would include:

  • Gathering and recording data on the materials, processes, parts and EEE components used by projects, to provide evidence and assurance of their suitability
  • Ensuring that conformance control actions and record-keeping are conducted promptly and effectively. This includes the recording and analysis of problems to determine their implications for the project, then following up to ensure that appropriate corrective actions are carried out
  • Supporting incoming and outgoing inspections of parts and equipment and the auditing or inspection of suppliers
  • Participating in internal and external project review meetings, including presenting information to the project team and customers
  • Preparing the End Item Data Packages that describe and accompany project deliverables
  • Conducting audits on projects and groups in the department for compliance with internal and external requirements.

Organisation Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: IRC250968

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020.
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above.
  • The right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role. Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded.

Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres in December or January.

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 27th, 2019
  • £26,932 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Didcot (Oxfordshire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Process
  • Software

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