Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer


Job summary

Up to £40,000 dependent on experience + bonus and benefits
Electrical/Electronic, Testing, Electronic
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Together. For the future of defence.

Salary: Up to£40,000 dependent on experience + bonus and benefits

This role is 37 hours per week, primarily based on site at Bolton, with some flexibility around start/finish times and the ability to work from home on occasion as part of dynamic working arrangements.

This opportunity is for a Senior Test Engineer to join the Manufacturing organisation supporting test and diagnostics of electrical/electronic/RF sub-systems during development and production phases of the product lifecycle. The role sits under the Manufacturing UK Test Engineering functional organisation and is deployed to the Seekers & Datalinks Equipment team, based within our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bolton.

  • Provide Test Engineering support during Design / Development phases from initial concept through to Production Readiness Review and release to Operations.
  • Support Test Facility introduction and ensure that appropriate configuration control of equipment and facilities is in place prior to use, including generating supporting test specifications and operator instructions.
  • Support to testing of electrical/electronic and RF sub-systems, with diagnosis of production test failures down to circuit card and potentially component level.
  • Identification of remedial and corrective actions, in a timely manner allowing Manufacturing to continue production in line with programme and quality requirements.
  • Evaluation of technical problems in order to develop proposals for test equipment investigations and corrective actions, including process improvements.
  • Working closely with the design teams and other partners to overcome any technical challenges and drive continuous improvement.

What we're looking for

  • Degree/HND qualifications or equivalent in an electronic/electrical engineering related subject, plus experience in digital, analogue and RF electronics manufacture and test.
  • A good understanding of electrical/electronic measurement and test principles and test equipment, as well as an appreciation of calibration and fault diagnosis techniques for RF electronic circuits and sub-systems.
  • Experience of using both manual and automated electrical/electronic/RF test equipment in a manufacturing environment.
  • The ability to plan and organise own work in order to ensure multiple tasks can be prioritised and delivered against Project objectives.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including generation of test specifications, operator instructions and technical reports based on higher-level requirements.
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills, with strong attention to detail and a supportive, collaborative and pro-active approach to test engineering.
  • While not essential, an appreciation of electro-mechanical testing and experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment would be beneficial.

What's in it for you?

  • This role offers the opportunity to work on a variety of products of varying complexity, in both development and production, using the latest technologies the aerospace and defence sector has to offer.
  • MBDA provides extensive on-the-job training and opportunities for personal progression, including both technical and leadership career development paths.

Our benefits

  • *Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

Join a great team!

We are a small team of dedicated engineers in a fast-paced but friendly and inclusive manufacturing environment. The team has a great mix of personnel, ranging from apprentices and graduate engineers through to experienced technical practitioners, all striving to deliver technical excellence across a number of different seeker sub-systems in development and production.

Why us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.


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