Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248808
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 15 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 14 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 to £42,576
Grade: UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 30 hours per week)
Closing Date: Sunday 14th April 2019

Our salary scales have recently been updated and are reflected on this advert.


About the role

RAL Space is an integral part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC). RAL Space carries out world-class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions.

We work alongside the UK Space Agency who co-ordinate UK civil space activities. We also work in collaboration with international space Agencies and are mostly involved in projects that support the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA missions; although RAL Space also works on projects with other countries and organisations around the world.

The Quality Assurance and Safety group (QASG) oversees the department-wide ISO9001 certified Quality Management System (QMS) and all necessary activities to achieve safe working conditions compliant with legislation and the STFC safety codes.

We are currently looking to expand the QA team to ensure that the existing ISO9001 certification is maintained and to support the Environmental Test Division (ETD) with the implementation of European Standards (ECSS) in the current test facilities. Furthermore, the QASG will be leading the implementation of the QMS and ECSS standards for the National Satellite Testing Facilities (NSTF) which is currently under development and will increase the UK’s testing capability for space hardware.

The Senior Quality Assurance Specialist will contribute to the maintenance of our ISO9001 QMS and to the development and implementation of working practices that meet Quality and space industry requirements. The role involves taking responsibility for day to day Quality Assurance matters around systems, processes and documentation and supporting the business in identifying opportunities for improvement.

Role Responsibilities:

  • provide support to the QASG group Leader to ensure that the RAL Space QMS is compliant with ISO9001:2015
  • liaise with project teams and group leaders to ensure the QMS is effectively implemented
  • preparation, update and review of Quality documentation
  • ensure facilities non-conformities are reported, documented and progressed in a timely manner
  • follow up on change control actions with appropriate action owners and drive for on time closure of actions
  • support the delivery of the Quality System Improvement Plan for the implementation of ECSS standards
  • work with the NSTF project team to ensure that suitable systems are implemented for the operations of the facilities in compliance with the RAL Space QMS and to facilitate certification against ECSS standards in the future
  • lead and participate in internal audits and walkabouts; support the QASG group Leader during external and customer audits
  • support the migration of documentation into the Eclipse DCCM System
  • delivery of training to staff in quality related systems and processes
  • support the QASG group Leader with the maintenance of the department’s Eclipse service, providing document, action item tracking and non-conformance management
  • liaising with Department Safety Contact to ensure timely action is taken on any safety related issues
  • reporting to the RAL Space QASG Group Leader.


Organization 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. More information can be found at

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.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • a minimum of a Bachelors degree in a related subject or equivalent experience
  • substantial work experience in a system certified to ISO9001 or EN9100
  • substantial work experience in a technical organisation (scientific or engineering)
  • experience of auditing to ISO9001 or EN9100
  • experience in supporting investigation teams and tracking corrective action
  • experience of personnel and budgetary management
  • excellent written communication skills
  • able to accommodate occasional UK and overseas travel with overnight stays.


  • CQI certificate or Diploma in quality management
  • membership of the CQI, or similar professional body
  • registered IRCA auditor
  • experience of implementing and/or maintaining an ISO 9001 certified QMS
  • experience of working in an AS 9100/EN 9100 certified QMS
  • experience of working in a laboratory testing environment
  • experience in the Space industry
  • experience of working in an ECSS-Q-ST-20-07C certified space test facility
  • knowledge of ISO 17025 accreditation
  • experience of working in a formal safety management system
  • experience in providing training.

Interview Criteria


  • good knowledge of ISO 9001:2015
  • substantial work experience in a technical organisation (scientific or engineering)
  • excellent oral and written communication
  • evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail
  • evidence of effective time management and prioritisation.


  • knowledge of AS 9100/EN 9100
  • understanding of the requirements of ECSS-Q-ST-20-07C
  • understanding of ISO 17025 accreditation
  • experience with using tools to support quality and safety management, preferably including Sapienza Eclipse.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14th April 2019, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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