STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250968
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 02 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date:  Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres: 12th and16th December, 21st and 28th January

 

STFC - RAL Space - Graduate Product Assurance Specialist

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ 

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture. 
 
STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

RAL Space

Based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), RAL Space department 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 discipline 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.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

The work would initially be assisting more experienced members of the Product Assurance group in their role as project Product Assurance Managers, with the job holder becoming increasing capable over time of operating autonomously as a PA Manager. The PA discipline is wide-ranging and includes
  • Quality assurance
  • Dependability
  • Safety
  • Electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) components
  • Materials, processes and mechanical parts
  • Software product assurance
The role requires thorough and conscientious work to tight deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, adapting to changing priorities as the need arises. The work would 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

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 www.ukri.org.

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

Essential

  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • 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
  • Strong capability in analysing and solving problems
  • Evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail
Desirable:
  • 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

Interview Criteria

Essential
  • Good oral communication
  • Strong capability in analysing and solving problems
  • Strong capability in analysing and presenting data
  • Evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail
Desirable:
  • Understanding of aspects of space science and engineering 
  • Knowledge of Quality Management methods
  • Experience of work environment, putting theory into practice
  • Experience of teamwork and time management
  • Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
  • Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
  • Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered

 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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw thisr ole advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 27th October 2019

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/

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