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Electronics Production Engineer



Ashford, UK
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

Job Title: Electronics Production Engineer
Location: Ashford, Kent

Company: QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS)
Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type : Full-time / Permanent
Role ID: SF17308

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as an Electronics Production Engineer at our QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) in Ashford site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems including the world leading Banshee target. The effectiveness of frontline military operations is dependent upon the Armed Services having the right equipment and undergoing thorough training against realistic threats. Achieving this effectiveness requires rigorous testing and integration of military equipment with the warfighter and extensive training before deployment.

QTS is a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and operation of advanced target systems for live-fire training exercises and weapons test and evaluation.

The Role
As an Electronics Production Engineer, reporting to the Engineering Support Manager, you'll have a role out of the ordinary. You will define and document the way we build and test electromechanical assemblies and products.

Day-to-day, you will design and create fixtures, define processes and provide technical support to the purchasing and production teams, whilst contributing your manufacturing expertise to the design team with design reviews.

You will also:

  • Liaise with the Research and Development (R&D) team to ensure new products are designed for manufacture, assembly (DfMA) and for testing
  • Define manufacturing processes including assembly test and inspection whilst developing work instructions for the manufacturing teams for both new and legacy products
  • Support the purchasing team for obsolescence or parts availability issues and the production departments to resolve technical challenges
  • Assist the Quality Assurance (QA) team with quality investigations for example; root cause analysis, 5 whys etc. and seek opportunities for improvement in product quality, efficiency of manufacture and cost reduction
  • Manage new product introduction to the factory and oversee change to products in a live manufacturing environment

Availability for international travel to support worldwide operations is advantageous but not essential. The role will predominantly be based on our QTS site in Ashford, Kent.

Essential experience of the Electronics Production Engineer:

  • Competence using 3D parametric Computer-Aided Deisgn CAD and/or SolidWorks/SolidWorks Electrical
  • Radiofrequency test and measurement experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret electronics schematic drawings and electronic component data sheets and identify solutions for component obsolescence and availability issues.
  • Understanding of Electromechanical Compatibility (EMC) issues and potential solutions
  • Electronics design and manufacturing
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design, including schematic capture, layout and output to manufacture.

Qualifications of the Electronics Production Engineer:

  • Degree in Aeronautical, Aviation, Aerospace, Electrical, Electronics or Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent experience)

For further information on QinetiQ Target Systems please visit:

QinetiQ Target Systems - Design, Development and Manufacturing

QinetiQ Target Systems - Test and be assured - YouTube

QinetiQ Rattler Missile Target - YouTube

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Our Benefits:

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community

Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community.

Why Join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

About QinetiQ

As a company of thousands of dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.


Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants who already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.