The National Laboratories Directorate provides research facilities and capabilities that, because of their scale, complexity, strategic character or cost, are appropriately operated as a national research resource. The primary mission of the laboratories is to facilitate national research capability, complementing and collaborating with the university research base and with industry.
RAL Space, based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), 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 field 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.
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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
The work would initially be assisting more experienced members of the group in their role as project Product Assurance Managers, with the job holder growing in capability over time of operating autonomously as a PA Manager. The PA field is wide-ranging and includes:
Electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) components
Materials, processes and mechanical parts
Software product assurance
The role requires detailed and conscientious work to tight deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, adapting to changing priorities as required. Responsibilities 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.
In order to apply for this role you must have:
Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 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
Good oral communication
Strong capability in analysing and solving problems
Strong capability in analysing and presenting data
Evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail
Understanding of aspects of space science and engineering
Graduate membership of a relevant professional body
Knowledge of Quality Management methods
Experience of work environment, putting theory into practice
Experience of teamwork and time management
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