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Principal Research Engineer - Electronic Hardware Engineer

Date: Sep 13, 2021

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.


Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is an original aerospace innovator. For decades, GKN Aerospace technologies have inspired and industrialised the aerospace industry, combining engineering and technological excellence. Today we are truly global. With 17,000 employees in 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries around the world. All major aircraft and engine manufacturers rely on our advanced technologies. Going forward we intend to further enhance our capability by building a network of Global Technology Centres (GTC). GKN’s new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol is a £32m state of the art technology research and development facility which will act as a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. It will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain, to help strengthen aerospace technology and support the UK’s Industrial strategy – Would you like the opportunity to work at the GTC? 

We are looking for a Principal Research Engineer with a strong background in Electronic Hardware to help shape the future of flight.  You will be technically responsible for the Electronic Hardware within the program including its requirements, specification, development and test definition. We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented individuals with the skills and passion to become future leaders in what they do. 

As the Principal Research Engineer you will draw on your diverse engineering background and good business awareness to shape and manage research and development projects in the TRL1-6 range. You will have a strong track record in leading technical work, managing budgets, schedule and risk. Your strategic outlook and critical thinking shall enable you to adapt the direction of the work, and team you lead, for the best value outcome. Your exceptional communication skills shall enable you to confidently engage with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

This is a very exciting and potentially career defining opportunity. You will be an integral member of a team that is embarking on a significant and challenging technology development project; this five year project will be a major steppingstone towards achieving greener aviation thus helping protect our environment for future generations. 

Job Responsibilities

     Shall be responsible to define and develop requirements, and turn them into a feasible solution by proposing electronic hardware architectures through to detail design and test according to DO-254.
     Shall develop component and item specifications/descriptions as well as compliance criteria for the electronic items and hardware.
     Responsible for the development of items and components to ARP4754, ARP4761, DO254, DO-297, DO160 and others as appropriate.
     Responsible to determine dependencies upon electronic software working with the Principal Electronic Software Engineer.
     Shall define validation plans and ensure compliance through analysis, simulation and/or test (e.g. DO-160) as appropriate.
     Manage technical engagement with the supply chain.
     Work with the systems architects, mechanical systems engineers and system simulation engineers to ensure that the system requirements are achieved.
     Support certification thought the identification, elicitation and background of requirements as well as defining the acceptable means of compliance.  Supporting certification engineering in discussions with the certification authorities.
     Shall anticipate and manage transversal technical and business issues, arbitrate between solutions considering all aspects: sustainability, reusability, optimisation, opportunity, schedule, quality, cost, risks, safety and performance.
     Shall develop the standards for electronic hardware development used within the project and ensure that they are embodied in an appropriate manner.
     Support the recruitment, specification of roles and ensure the development of members of the team.
     Generate technical reports and presentations, with the ability to present information in a clear and organized manner.
     Develop specification documents and procedures for new products before launched into manufacturing.  Ensure their specification and ensure the production, compliance and test of the components, items and systems.  Develop validation test methods and protocols. Use Aerospace best practices.  Participate in in-depth analysis of test data.
     Shall ensure configuration management is in place for the systems and all of its components from requirement through to operation.
     Provide general technical feedback on the design and development of mechanical and electrical sub-systems.
     Manage and develop requirements and specifications both internally and as part of appropriate international standard working groups.
     Shall contribute to the development of GKN as a 'Great Place to Work', aligned with the core principles - safe, innovative, open & honest, care & respect, and ownership.

Job Qualifications

Essential Specific Technical Experience :
     Experience in the development of Electronic Hardware for Power Systems to DAL A/B for heavy transportation (e.g. aerospace, ground and maritime).
     Experience in the development of converters, inverters and/or bus controllers with the objective to maximise efficiency and specific power.
     Experience in power Electronics, PCB and packaging development, e.g. ANSYS Simplorer and CPS, PSPICE or other.
     Experience in EMC and thermal simulation.
     Experience in MBSE (e.g. SysML), functional decomposition and performing architectural system level studies, e.g. ANSYS SCADE.
     Experience in management and development of products with suppliers including items and components.
     Experience in the specification and development of databus networks.
     Experience in aerospace electronic hardware development as well as having held approval authority.
     Experience in Safety Assessment and Compliance Planning, including FTA and FMEA, e.g. ANSYS Medini
     Proficiency in RBE tools, e.g. DOORs
     Experience in associated international standards, design practices, certification requirements (and means of compliance) as well as in service issues.
     Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications.
     Ability to design and set-up experiments and fixtures for testing (“Hands on” experience)
Essential General Experience:
     Has good interpersonal and communication skills, and can translate to a variety of audiences. Is confident and able to represent their project(s) and GKN values in internal/external review meetings. 
     Has experience engaging with production teams, can identify operational requirements and incorporate in the project(s) as appropriate.
     Has a good general aerospace engineering/technology knowledge base and can demonstrate strategic thinking
     Has a logical and methodical approach to work package planning and costing
     Is a strong self-starter, competent to work with general goal-based direction as well as more specific task-based requirements
     Has a growing network in Aerospace or Technology areas relevant to the role, and is able to identify and engage in the development of collaboration opportunities

Qualifications Required: 
     A Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering with a minimum 15 years experience in electronic hardware engineering, and
     At least 5 years in aerospace product design and testing environment.  This requirement will be waived for a candidate with the appropriate experience over 20 years.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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