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Hardware Technical Authority

Location: Portsmouth
Company: Airbus
Contract type: Contract
Hours: Full time
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AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited

Airbus pioneers sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. The Company constantly innovates to provide efficient and technologically-advanced solutions in aerospace, defence, and connected services. In commercial aircraft, Airbus offers modern and fuel-efficient airliners and associated services. Airbus is also a European leader in defence and security and one of the world's leading space businesses. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions and services worldwide.

Job Description

We are looking for a Hardware Technical Authority to join Airbus Defence & Space in Portsmouth. You will join our Telecom Payload Engineering group and report to the Head of Payload Product.

Your main mission is to bring expertise and seniority, to ensure quality of designs and builds. As a Technical Authority, you will commit decisions considering technical and industrial aspects without complacency, on quality and with final customers trust.

You will propose preventive actions for the equipment design and production robustness and lead technical issues resolution, in strong collaboration with other experts when needed.

You will be involved in various phases including proposals, product development / evolution, anomalies / non-conformity at equipment, satellite, AIT and up to in-orbit lifetime. You will also contribute to the development, design, test, to qualify, to certify, to support, to improve system, sub-system, equipment, component or module during the whole implementation phase (including responsibility for integration, verification and validation) by writing technical documents (specifications, failure mode analysis, functional descriptions, sizing documents, stress analysis, test analysis, etc).

You will be subject to a BPSS check (including a criminal record check).

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assess electronics design robustness through Design Reviews, to understand design criticality and technological challenges. This will include schematics reviews, Worst Case and Parts Stress analyses assessment, Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis outcomes (including impacts at system level, failure propagation assessment, protections independence, etc), design robustness to radiation space environment including Single Events Effects (SEE) and Double insulation implementation.

  • Endorse key development documents (Equipment specifications) and reviews (Design and Qualification)

  • Technically lead NRBs (Non-conformance Review Board) ensuring quick identification and rating of technical risks and drive technical dispositions.

  • Lead investigations into any non quality issues arising at system or equipment level. This can be customer facing and technical solutions will need to be presented clearly and confidently

  • Oversee technical lessons learnt

  • Working as part of a small team connected to a wider Technical Authority network

  • Identify risks, and have the ability to judge the acceptability of such risks, or define mitigating actions

  • Proactively share knowledge and contribute to capitalise expertise

  • Interface with different entities (engineering, products, supply, experts, and project teams) and several final customers, building strong working relationships

  • Work closely (from both an industrial and functional design view) with Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and any other disciplines involved throughout the whole product lifecycle, from the very early stages of the design through to the serial production phase and up to the in-service life of the product (whole product lifecycle)

You may be required to spend short periods of time working at the Toulouse Airbus Defence and Space site and possibly on customers’ sites

Required Skills and Experience

  • A background and experience in electronics equipment

  • Strong understanding of the activities of the development life cycle that are necessary to develop a system/product, which also provide the level of confidence for the solution which are consistent with regulation and program requirements

  • Appreciation of a wide technical spectrum, including electronics, physics, EEE, Equipment processes, radiation, EMC, RF, etc,

  • Knowledge of space environment constraints.

  • Understanding of technical solutions from component level to system level, used for high power systems, low noise systems, frequency converters, DCDC converters, oscillators, etc

  • Good working knowledge of measurement techniques and the uncertainties related to them

What Airbus Can Offer You

A competitive salary with annual profit share; an ever growing list of company benefits including enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and very strong, very real strong career development options across our transnational, market leading company.

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Please let us know if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for the selection process – you can share this with the Recruitment Business Partner who gets in touch if you are invited to interview. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; auxiliary aids; room layout etc. Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.#LI-AS1



This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.

By submitting your CV or application you are consenting to Airbus using and storing information about you for monitoring purposes relating to your application or future employment. This information will only be used by Airbus.
Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.
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