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up to £35,000 per year
Employment type
Full Time

We have an exciting opportunity for a skilled and motivated Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer to join our Ships business unit here at DE&S. Growing your career in QA with us, you will facilitate the delivery of some of the largest defence programmes in the UK today. This is a vast role and, by joining our team, you will support the ongoing development of engineering and quality management systems in terms of policy, process, and procedural development. You will be a key player, assisting the team in various assurance activities in accordance with MOD quality policy.

In return, we will offer you a high degree of autonomy whilst being proactive in providing engineering leadership and expert advice. You will also have opportunities to exercise your QA capability in a fast-paced environment, with the chance to work closely with a wide stakeholder group advising, identifying and mitigating risk.

Some travel may be required to MOD operational sites both within the UK and abroad as the need arises.

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for Quality Assurance Engineer

As one of our QA Engineers, you’ll lean on your strong communication skills to liaise with both internal and external stakeholders, advising on all aspects of QA including contract QA activity, identifying risk and mitigating the impact of risk on equipment performance.

Using your experience from either a design, manufacturing or maintenance environment, you will undertake and support audits and surveillance activities which may include product / engineering investigations into quality-related failures.

Other key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

• Communicating and applying appropriate quality standards and engineering requirements, best practice, and guidance
• Working within and supporting where necessary, a management system based on the principles of the ISO 9000 series
• Conducting a programme of continuous improvement in support of the Quality Management System
• Monitoring quality performance indicators and information relating to quality-related activities and communicate as appropriate to the respective stakeholders
• Evaluating tender responses including the identification of quality-related risks and shortcomings.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• You will have Quality Assurance experience in an engineering context, or experience from within another relevant environment (e.g., in manufacturing processes, a technical environment, internal quality management and/or auditing)
• You will hold a relevant HNC (i.e., Level 4 or higher) qualification in an engineering, quality or science-based subject, or have the equivalent in experience
• You will have demonstrable experience of managing and influencing stakeholders

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Application of Analytical Techniques
• Technical Risk Management
• Communicating and influencing
• Making effective decisions

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions,together.