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Product Assurance Engineer

Location: Chelmsford Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Sector: Engineering Type: Permanent
Contact: Matt Henocq Job Published: 25 days ago

Product Assurance Engineer

This role will require the candidate to qualify for SC security clearance


My client is a global leader in specialised components and subsystems for innovative solutions in the medical, science, aerospace, defence and space industries. While working with my client you will gain experience in the ideas that are behind some of the most advanced technologies in the world.

My client has been trusted to design and deliver CCD and CMOS imaging sensors and sub-systems for over 150 space missions by the world's largest space agencies, including NASA, ESA, JAXA, CSA and recently for the Russian-led World Space Observatory. We offer space imaging supply chain management, including space qualified imaging sensors, arrays and sub-systems for space science, earth observation and astronomy; helping solve the mysteries of the Universe and understanding climate change on Earth. We have an opportunity for a Product Assurance Engineer to join our existing Product Assurance Team reporting to the Product Assurance Manager.

The Product Assurance Engineer is required to provide support to the Business Unit, supplying high quality custom image sensors to external customers such as NASA & ESA prime contractors. Customer-focussed, the Product Assurance Engineer's role is to ensure that customer expectations are met or exceeded through effective project planning (bid & execution) and control, and in the event of escapes, to ensure that appropriate root cause investigation takes place and that corrective and preventive action is planned, tested and implemented.

Working with the project teams and the customer, the PA Engineer will be instrumental in ensuring the design and manufacturing risk (in terms of quality) is identified, evaluated and mitigated through the demonstration of existing heritage and/or new design and manufacturing process validation. In addition, prompt identification and prioritisation of non-conformance, ensuring non-conformance is managed with clearly defined containment, identification of root cause and effective implementation of corrective action at project and management systems level will play a key part in the role.


The role holder will support tasks required to drive improvements and will advise and undertake a programme of risk based audits in house and within the supply chain (if appropriate) to drive improvements (including the. evolution) of Business Management system.

The role holder will support dedicated projects to deliver the quality and Product Assurance requirements and will:

  • Advise/establish the Product Assurance and compliance to requirement aspects of potential new projects and products, and generation of Product Assurance Plans
  • Support the Design, Test and Manufacturing Readiness Reviews within the project lifecycle
  • Support the assembly, verification, validation and test phases of the project
  • Ensure quality requirements flowdown between customer, my client and supply chain
  • support the administration of, co-authorise and close out permits, concessions and NRBs

The role holder will support external audits as required (product certification bodies and customers) and facilitate Customer mandated inspections (including administration of staff and facilities)

The role holder will fulfil Product Assurance roles as directed by the Product Assurance Manager to support the growth of the Business Unit and


To succeed in this role you must have a proven track record in Product/Quality Assurance, preferably within space, aerospace or defences industries, a broad background in design and production for electro-mechanical parts (with assemblies with electronics and software experience an advantage), good attention to detail and a confident combined with a professional approach.

In addition, proven structured approach to problem solving with experience of quality tools and methodologies and ability to lead problem solving Teams, ability in MS Office, good communication skills (written and verbal) and personal values in line with ours:- Agility, Integrity, Excellence throughout and Customers first

Desired qualifications:

  • ISO9001 or AS9100 Internal/Lead auditor certified
  • Degree preferred however as a minimum HNC/HND in Electronic/Mechanical Engineering

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