Principal Test Engineer (Team Leader)

Leonardo UK
Hampshire, UK
Closing date
20 Oct 2020

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Leonardo MW in Southampton is a world-leading manufacturer of Infrared detectors covering a broad range of wavelengths. These devices have widespread uses in industrial and civil applications as well as fulfilling many military requirements. Leonardo also work closely with the scientific community to develop technologies in the Astronomy and Space sector.

Main Purpose of the Job

Leonardo MW in Southampton is looking for a Principal Test Equipment Engineer to deliver effective support to the Infrared Detectors business across the site. You will lead a team of engineers ensuring that calibration, repair and maintenance activities are executed in a manner that maximises availability of equipment and meets the needs of the business now and in the future.

You will be a good communicator both directly within your team and with all major stakeholders. A close working relationship will be developed with internal customers and suppliers resulting in effective asset management. The ability to prioritise and balance workload within the team is required. An awareness of the activities which drive cost will be an important element of the role. This will involve optimising the periodicity of calibration and maintenance operations, identification and elimination of pattern faults to drive down repair costs and reviewing working procedures for quality and consistency.

A close working relationship will be required with your customers, test equipment designers, manufacturing managers and equipment operators to provide effective maintenance and successful closure of technical issues.

A range of skills will be required in this role. Experience of mixed technologies test equipment is required while knowledge of test equipment design processes and engineering tools is desirable. The ability to identify, categorise and effectively plan corrective actions is essential.

Key Responsibility Areas

Key responsibilities include:

Team leadership
Being a technical authority and lead decision maker in your team
Delivering the core task of calibration, repair and maintenance to agreed timescales and budget minimising the financial impact on the business through reactive production support
Providing a focused approach to asset management
Developing a working partnership with your internal customers, manufacturing and supply chain customers and other stakeholders, geared to product delivery
Planning, scheduling, monitoring and reporting on support team activities, integrated with customer schedules
Influencing test equipment design through the development life cycle ensuring design for support and maintenance are built in
Identifying areas of improvement in all aspect of the role, driving these through to completion
Developing and delivering service level key performance indicators and reporting against them

The ideal candidate would have prior experience supporting production test equipment for high technology products with medium volume output. Prior experience of managing a team is desirable but not essential for the right individual.

The candidate should accept a challenging role that is varied, requiring a high degree of multi-tasking. The ideal candidate will require a high degree of self-sufficiency, and will have a drive to challenge the status quo looking for improvement opportunities.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required


You will be educated to HND/Degree level in an engineering discipline
Previous team leadership or a desire to develop your career in a team leadership role is required
You must be a team player, customer focused and able to develop strong, trusting relationships
Technical leadership and problem solving skills are required
Experience of debugging and fault finding of complex electronic systems is required
Evidence of good organisation, planning, and cost control in execution of work
Ability to manage priorities in a high pressure environment
Ability to work closely in a team with other engineering and science disciplines
Willing to be flexible, independent and self-sufficient with excellent communication skills


Knowledge of measurement systems is desirable
An understanding or experience of the full product design lifecycle would be advantageous but not essential
Experience or knowledge in some of the following would be advantageous: Electro-Optics, complex electronic systems, Special to Type Test Equipment, and pyroelectric single element sensors
Knowledge of working with vacuum technology and cryogenics
Experience of Lean Sigma principals
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