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Military Test System Software Architect

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Recruiter: Airbus
Listed on: 16th May
Location: Portsmouth
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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The UK National Programmes Team is responsible for the delivery of Satellites to primarily governmental organisations, often within an end-to-end system.

A vacancy is open for a position of Test System Specialist (Software Solution Architect) for National Programme payloads.

The successful candidate will support the PTH project team, to ensure project objectives are to customer satisfaction, for the Flagship UK Telecomm programme of Airbus, in compliance with internal and external rules and regulations, including contractual obligations.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company's success, reputation and sustainable growth.

Job Description:

As the subject matter expert for Test Systems software development, the successful candidate shall have responsibility for the test software architecture, the design, implementation and validation thereof.

Technically leading the software team to design, implement, integrate, validate and support (post-delivery) of the Payload Test Systems. Tasks and responsibilities shall include but not be limited to:

- Understanding and interpreting any applicable contractual requirements.

- Working hand-in-hand with the validation team and the test system team for the consolidation of the requirements and specifications.

- Taking direct ownership for the software to be delivered;

- Utilising system expertise to define the architecture and design of the software.

- Contributing directly to the effort of the developers of the software team.

- Coordinating the software development with other entities responsible for on-board or ground segment software and platform simulation solutions.

- Supporting the test campaigns, analysing test results, working hand-in-hand with the Assembly, Integration and Test teams (from early integration to in orbit tests)

- Leading investigation of technical issues or problems related to the software or the test system in general.

- Ensuring the adherence to standard software development methodologies and processes.

- Managing the production of associated design and user documentation, working hand-in-hand with the Airbus Software Quality Assurance organisation.

The successful candidate will also have management responsibilities to support the successful delivery of the overall programme by:

- Providing inputs related to schedule; costs; work packages definition and progress to the Test System Project Manager.

- Consolidate reporting for the team and provide adequate support to monthly reviews; security reviews; audits; etc.

- Support customers' and suppliers' gate reviews and meetings.


- Test software development and associated methodologies (in particular Labview and Actor Framework).

- RF Instruments; test equipment (inc COTS) and test techniques; Test automation.

- Working within an environment controlled strictly through an established Quality system.

- An understanding of equipment fitted to a Satellite payload.

- Quality standards.

Skills and attributes

- Able to integrate quickly into a team operating within a multi-stakeholder environment.

- Strong leadership potential with a focus on team dynamics and team cohesion.

- Capable of working autonomously against tight deadlines.

- Strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills.

Additional requirements:

The candidate will spend significant periods' of time, as required, working at the spacecraft integration and test sites including:

- Occasional shift work / weekend work / support to AIT operations organised on a 24/7 rota.

- Support to proposals.

- Contributing to long term development of future test solutions for the next generation of national programme telecom satellites.

Required Certifications:

- A degree in Electrical, Electronic engineering, mathematics or physics.

- Ideally, RF/microwave/radio communications content in academic background.