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Tom Duckett

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Tom specialises in sourcing and placing development, design and engineering professionals in the aerospace, defence & security industries.

Having spent 12 years recruiting in a variety of highly technical markets, Tom is adept at finding talented people for the most challenging positions.

Tom has delivered high volume international projects in the UK, South Africa, Australia, Poland and the Middle East. This experience has provided him with in-depth knowledge of the global recruitment market, allowing him to deliver skilled and experienced talent worldwide.

Tom takes a focused and pragmatic approach to deliver a service tailored to the needs of both candidates and clients, utilising the best and relevant recruitment sourcing tools available.

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Project Manager - Aerospace

Project Manager - West Midlands - Aerospace - Contract A Project Manager is required with knowledge of complex engineering systems and hydraulics/ actuation. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace Industry would be given preference but other safety critical industries will also be considered. Due to the continued growth and success of this company, a globally recognised manufacturer of complex aerospace components and systems based in Wolverhampton requires a motivated and proactive Project Manager for a 12 month contract role. As the Project Manager you will be required to: Provide technical project management and co-ordination to multidiscipline engineering teams, for various NPI projects Deliver the technical solution in line with requirements, budget and schedule Drive resolution of cross discipline technical issues within the development programme Cost and schedule responsibility for programme related engineering activities Report out at the weekly/monthly project review board Support the Programme Manager to create and maintain development plans and schedules Act as the primary day to day project focal point to the customer Support proposal activity for new programmes The Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical, Systems or Aerospace Engineering, or experienced within a similar role Has proven effective project engineer related responsibilities, ideally including leading multi-disciplined technical personnel in the design and development of complex systems Ideally development experience in all aspects of integrated actuation systems (system architecture, mechanical actuation, validation, verification, qualification and test) Demonstrated leadership, communication, planning and financial management skills Experience with resource allocation, planning and ideally EVMS Experience identifying programme risks, developing and executing mitigation plans Confident in providing technical briefs to internal/external customers and leadership Strong background within NPI for airborne components/systems Track record of meeting non-recurring cost targets and design to cost targets within a single development programme Ability to explain complex concepts and issues to a non-technical audience A proficient and confident presenter Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of project management in developing complex systems and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Manager role, please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163.

Permanent / Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Project Manager - Aerospace

Project Manager - Gloucester - Aerospace - Contract A Project Manager is required with knowledge of complex engineering systems and hydraulics/ actuation. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace Industry would be well received but other industries will also be considered. Due to the continued growth and success of this company, a globally recognised manufacturer of complex aerospace components and systems based in Gloucester requires a motivated and proactive Project Manager for a 12 month contract role. As the Project Manager you will be required to: Provide technical project management and co-ordination to multidiscipline engineering teams, for various NPI projects Deliver the technical solution in line with requirements, budget and schedule Drive resolution of cross discipline technical issues within the development programme Cost and schedule responsibility for programme related engineering activities Report out at the weekly/monthly project review board Support the Programme Manager to create and maintain development plans and schedules Act as the primary day to day project focal point to the customer Support proposal activity for new programmes The Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical, Systems or Aerospace Engineering, or experienced within a similar role Has proven effective project engineer related responsibilities, ideally including leading multi-disciplined technical personnel in the design and development of complex systems Ideally development experience in all aspects of integrated actuation systems (system architecture, mechanical actuation, validation, verification, qualification and test) Demonstrated leadership, communication, planning and financial management skills Experience with resource allocation, planning and ideally EVMS Experience identifying programme risks, developing and executing mitigation plans Confident in providing technical briefs to internal/external customers and leadership Strong background within NPI for airborne components/systems Track record of meeting non-recurring cost targets and design to cost targets within a single development programme Ability to explain complex concepts and issues to a non-technical audience A proficient and confident presenter Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of project management in developing complex systems and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Manager role, please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163.

Contract / Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Quality Engineer - Electronics

A Quality Engineer is required to join an established company with a strong reputation in the defence electronics sector. The successful candidate will be joining to manage and lead quality management systems and their improvements working closely with suppliers and internal teams to ensure a consistent and continually improved delivery. Responsibilities of the Quality Engineer will include the following: Identify best practice inspection methodologies. Investigate internal and external quality failures through to root cause and provide written cause and corrective action responses to improve yield and reduce cost of poor quality. Monitor and report on monthly metrics. Audit product and processes for compliance against ISO9001:2015 and Customer requirements. Manage response to non-conformances. The Quality Engineer should have the following skills or experience: It is essential applicants have experience in an electronics manufacturing background, preferably from a high integrity industry such as aerospace or defence. IPC 160 Trained. Come from a lean manufacturing environment, implementing change programs for Continuous improvement. Have the ability in to compile FAIRs and FMEAs and report clearly on the relevant metrics. This is an excellent opportunity for a Quality Engineer with knowledge of electronics manufacturing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Milton Keynes based company will offer you: Competitive salary package Non-standard pension scheme Early Finish on a Friday Interviews for the Quality Engineer will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. For further information on the Quality Engineer position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163.

Permanent / Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Firmware Engineer

A Firmware Engineer is required to join the electronics and software engineering team within a market leading, innovative engineering solutions company that specialise in safety critical and high technology environments. The Firmware Engineer will be responsible for design and development of Firmware designs using VHDL and verifying designs using VHDL or System Verilog, working closely with Systems, Hardware and Software teams to solve integration problems on complex systems. Firmware Engineer - Key Responsibilities Creating innovative and robust VHDL based designs; Documenting and recording deliverables Ensuring configuration management, Providing progress reports. Technical Skills and Experience required for Firmware Engineer Significant experience of developing real-time embedded safety-critical firmware preferably in accordance with RTCA/DO-254 DAL A or B Experience of VHDL or Verilog A good understanding of configuration management Hands on test and debugging skills Knowledge of AWR Microwave Office, Keysight ADS, Matlab and CST Microwave Studio This is an excellent opportunity for a software / firmware specialist to obtain a long-term contract in a highly technical environment. In return for your experience, this Edinburgh based company will offer you: Highly complex cutting edge technical projects. Competitive contract rate. Initial 12 month contract with opportunity for renewal. **Security Clearance will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered We are specialists in Aerospace and Defence jobs. If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of Firmware Engineer or are interested in Aerospace and Defence Engineering jobs, then contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Contract / Edinburgh, Scotland

Senior FPGA Design & Development Engineer

A Senior FPGA Design & Development Engineer is required to join a specialist satellite communications company that develops modems and other equipment to receive, process, analyse and send RF communications. The Senior FPGA Design & Development Engineer will be providing innovative solutions that meet the environmental and operational requirements of high reliability environments. Senior FPGA Design & Development Engineer - Key Responsibilities Undertake a code review of parts of FPGA System on a Chip (SoC) to comment on code structure, robustness and maintainability. Provide set of considered observations and recommendations for future development approaches. Design/ development/ test/ maintenance of FPGA/DSP firmware for the communications Physical Layer in Software Defined Radio devices. Use of High Level Simulation and Development tools as appropriate. Attend, and constructively contribute to, meetings. Technical Skills and Experience required for Senior FPGA Design & Development Engineer System design and development of FPGA System on a Chip (SoC) architecture definition and partitioning, algorithm implementation, HW/SW interfaces. Track-record in delivery of integrated SoC solutions for digital signal processing. Xilinx Design Tools (ISE/EDK/SDK, Vivado), C/C++, Windows and Linux environments. Use of tools to perform simulation-based validation of algorithm design e.g. through HDL-based test benches, MALAB/ Simulink, Octave. Xilinx background, Zynq SoC (e.g ZC702) Consultancy skills to provide informed assessments of SoC implementations and development processes in VHDL and C++ and ability to report observations and recommendations in a concise report. **Security Clearance will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered We are specialists in Aerospace, Defence and Aviation jobs. If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Senior FPGA Design & Development Engineer or are interested in Defence Engineering jobs then contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Contract / Hertford, Hertfordshire

Customer Service Advisor

A specialist manufacturing company based in the West Midlands is currently recruiting a Customer Services Advisor. The successful applicant will be responsible for joining a combined customer service and sales team which will deliver a leading service for both customers and internal company functions. Main Duties Ensuring systems and processes are updated and followed according to company policy. Responding effectively to customer email and telephone enquiries. Liaising with the externals sales and production teams to achieve both customer and internal performance related targets. Work as part of the customer service team, act in a professional manner, and convey a positive and constructive approach. Requirements Previous customer service experience in a business o business manufacturing or industrial environment is essential. Ability to offer robust solutions to customer requirements in line with company targets and customer expectations. Excellent communication and proactive customer services skills. Customer driven and results orientated. This is an excellent opportunity a manufacturing Customer Services specialist to develop your career in a challenging role. Interviews for the Customer Services Advisor will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. For further information on the Customer Services Advisor position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163.

Permanent / Oldbury, West Midlands

Technical Sales and Business Development Manager

A technical sales position exists with a specialist, high tech electronics solutions provider, serving key players in the Aerospace & Defence markets. They are seeking a Technical Sales & Business Development Manager to win new customers and to drive new business with existing customers. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: Deliver agreed budgets and strategic plan for both the receipt of orders and the delivery of those orders to the customer. To work closely with the European Sales Director in providing clear information on the status of the customer order book. To drive continuous improvement through the use of departmental metrics and KPIs. Maintain a key understanding of customers, competitors and markets. Support and present customer bid submissions. Help negotiate customer contracts, review Terms & Conditions and ensure they are consistent with commercial objectives. Identify sales opportunities for new products. We are looking for the following: A commercial professional with a strong engineering background in defence electronics, specifically TEMPEST certified products. Defence industry experience in a sales or BD role. An excellent communicator with a high level of commercial acumen. Degree qualified within engineering discipline is desirable. Current SC level security clearance is essential. This is an excellent opportunity for an Business Development Professional with knowledge of defence and electronics manufacturing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Gloucester based company will offer you: Competitive salary, bonus and benefits package Non-standard pension scheme Interviews for the Business Development Manager will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. For further information on this position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163.

Permanent / Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Software and Infrastructure Developer

Aerospace & Defence - Permanent - Software Developer - Attractive A Software and Infrastructure Developer is required to join a specialist cyber security and computer science team within an innovative electronics technology company that specialise in high-performance control systems for the Aerospace and Defence Industry. The Software and Infrastructure Developer will likely be from a IT infrastructure, computer science or software development background and will be developing services to detect, manage and prevent security breaches. Software and Infrastructure Developer - Key Responsibilities Design, develop and maintain a suite of in-house software applications, agents and scripts Troubleshoot, diagnose and resolve issues across a broad range of technologies. Develop cyber defence incident management systems. Be involved of all stages of the project cycle from conceptualisation through to deployment and test. Technical Skills and Experience required for Software and Infrastructure Developer Degree in software engineering, Computer Science or related subject Experience in software coding through the entire lifecycle using C#, C++ or Java. Experience in database (big-data) and technologies (Microsoft Exchange, AMQP). Complex system design and monitoring including hardware, networks and applications. This is an excellent opportunity for a software technologist to develop your career and work in a highly technical environment. In return for your experience, this Gloucestershire based company will offer you: Flexible benefits scheme. Relocation allowance (dependent on circumstances). Competitive basic salary. **Security Clearance will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered** If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of Software and Infrastructure Developer then contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Direct line 01384 446102.

Permanent / Gloucestershire, England

Project Manager - Operations

A Project Manager is required to join an established company with a strong reputation in the defence electronics sector. The successful candidate will be joining to manage client relationships and manufacturing programmes in the operations department of high-tech RF and microwave components. Responsibilities of the Project Manager will include the following: Responsible for the timely delivery of manufacturing programmes to the customer cost and quality expectations. Act as the point of escalation for customer issues. Ensure production and operations milestones are aligned. Adherence to health and safety and company policy and processes throughout programmes. Managing complex development programmes through to completion. The Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Experience in a Continuous Improvement complex engineering environment. In depth programme management experience from a defence, aerospace or safety critical manufacturing background. Extensive knowledge of Project Management methodologies and processes. Excellent communication and customer management skills. Degree qualified, certified Project manager. This is an excellent opportunity for Project Managers to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Milton Keynes based company will offer you: Competitive salary Private health care. Competitive non-standard pension scheme.

Permanent / Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Mechanical Engineer

A Mechanical Design Engineer is required to join a market leading innovative Defence Technology Company. The Mechanical Design Engineer will be the design authority for pressure vessels and precision components for use in the development of rocket motors. The Mechanical Design Engineer role will suit someone with strong experience within Design and Development environment that has a proactive and fastidious approach. Mechanical Engineer - Key Responsibilities Managing design to meet customer requirements and defence compliance. Completing DFMEAs Producing and delivering formal technical presentations to the customer. Producing product technical specifications and detailed technical reports. Leading formal design reviews at the relevant design phases and ensuring actions are taken and completed on time. Skills and Experience Required for Mechanical Design Engineer Qualified in a Mechanical related subject - HND minimum Excellent understanding of Design to Cost' and 'Design for Manufacture' principles. Experience in a client facing role or excellent communication skills. An interest and some knowledge in both the theory and practical aspects rocket motor design. Trials/assessment testing experience (e.g. structural testing, vibration, etc). **Security Clearance** will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered. For further information on the Mechanical Design Engineer position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163 or e-mail

Permanent / Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Mixed Signal Hardware Engineer

A Mixed Signal Hardware Engineer is required to join the electronics design team within a market leading, innovative engineering solutions company that specialise in safety critical and high technology environments. The Radar & Antenna Hardware Engineer will have technical expertise in the design of digital systems and subsystems in Military, Defence, Aerospace or high integrity communication electronics. Mixed Signal Hardware Engineer - Key Responsibilities Support customer design team involved in RF design and development exciters and converter modules, radar and antenna hardware. Support to manufacture. Support to development tests, calibration and validation. Technical assessment of system/ sub-systems. Technical Skills and Experience required for Mixed Signal Hardware Engineer Experience of Hardware design of complex FPGA based designs. Proven experience of Schematic Capture using Mentor Graphics DX Designer or similar tools Familiar with current industry standard CAD tools. Knowledge of AWR Microwave Office, Keysight ADS, Matlab and CST Microwave Studio. Strong problem-solving skills and experience of solving problems in a design and development context. A preference will be given to candidates that have experience in one or more of the following areas: Experience of designs utilising DDS, ADC, DAC or other Low Noise Mixed Signal devices Experience of high speed serial communication protocols and architectures Previous experience of working with Superheterodyne Receivers or Radar systems and Antenna. This is an excellent opportunity an electronics specialist to develop your career and work in a highly technical environment. In return for your experience, this Edinburgh based company will offer you: Cutting edge technical projects. Early finish on a Friday. Competitive salary and benefits package. **Security Clearance will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Mixed Signal Hardware Engineer, please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Contract / Edinburgh, Scotland

Antenna Hardware Design Engineer

A Radar & Antenna Hardware Engineer is required to join the electronics design team within a market leading, innovative engineering solutions company that specialise in safety critical and high technology environments. The Radar & Antenna Hardware Engineer will have technical expertise in the design of digital systems and subsystems in Military, Defence, Aerospace or high integrity communication electronics. Radar & Antenna Hardware Engineer- Key Responsibilities Support customer design team involved in RF design and development exciters and converter modules, radar and antenna hardware. Support to manufacture. Support to development tests, calibration and validation. Technical assessment of system/ sub-systems. Technical Skills and Experience required for Radar & Antenna Hardware Engineer Experience of Hardware design of complex FPGA based designs. Proven experience of Schematic Capture using Mentor Graphics DX Designer or similar tools Familiar with current industry standard CAD tools. Knowledge of AWR Microwave Office, Keysight ADS, Matlab and CST Microwave Studio. Strong problem-solving skills and experience of solving problems in a design and development context. A preference will be given to candidates that have experience in one or more of the following areas: Experience of designs utilising DDS, ADC, DAC or other Low Noise Mixed Signal devices Experience of high speed serial communication protocols and architectures Previous experience of working with Superheterodyne Receivers or Radar systems and Antenna. This is an excellent opportunity an electronics specialist to develop your career and work in a highly technical environment. In return for your experience, this Edinburgh based company will offer you: Cutting edge technical projects. Early finish on a Friday. Competitive salary and benefits package. **Security Clearance will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Radar & Antenna Hardware Engineer, please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Contract / Edinburgh, Scotland

Power Electronics Engineer

A Power Electronics Design Engineer with a strong understanding of the concept and design of power electronic circuits is required to join a leader in the supply of technologically advanced aerospace and defence products specialising in design, manufacture, service systems and components. The Power Electronics Design Engineer will be responsible for the design of power electronics circuits for use in aeronautical actuation systems whilst producing high quality technical reports and specifications. A focus will also be placed upon the review and management of external contractor designs to ensure quality and continuity. For the role of Power Electronics Design Engineer you must have the following: Electronics Engineering Degree or equivalent Experience of design experience within military, aerospace, automotive, nuclear or other safety related industries Strong technical report writing and communication skills Power Bridge and driver design SABER or SPICE modelling Schematic capture (Altium) Ability to assume task ownership and drive for results Satisfy requirements to achieve military security clearance ***The Salary is highly competitive, please enquire for further details*** Interviews for the Power Electronics Design Engineer will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible.

Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Lead Mechanical Engineer

A Lead Design Engineer is required to join the Engineering Team within a market leading Innovative Technology Company that specialise in complex electronics for safety critical environments. The successful Lead Design Engineer will Lead and support projects from initial enquiry conducting design, development and prototyping of complex electro-mechanical systems for specialised precision engineering applications and will work in line with all applicable legislation and company directives. The Lead Design Engineer will support the Production and Sales teams as products progress through all stages of the development and production process life-cycle. Lead Design Engineer - Key Responsibilities To provide the external/internal customers with a reliable technical point of contact. Generate innovative product design solutions to comply with budgetary targets. Manage projects simultaneously throughout all stages of the engineering lifecycle Create, manage and publish design/project documentation & BOM's Produce professional project and test reports and Produce project time plans Provide project & design leadership to projects being conducted by Design Engineers. Prepare concept designs, product costings and technical response documents. Support Sales with bid activities and proposals to customers. Develop design specifications in line with NPI's and customer requirements. Liaise with suppliers and customers, negotiate costs and materials. Establish lead times and maintain quality standards. Carry out Continuous Improvement activities within the business Technical Skills and Experience required for the Lead Design Engineer Degree qualified, preferably 2:1 or higher, in relevant engineering or design discipline. Experience designing using 3D and 2D CAD tools, Solidworks & AutoCAD. Strong understanding of modern design practices and manufacturing processes. Experience in working in a regulated industry and handling sensitive info up to UK Secret. Effective communication skills and understanding of quality standards and systems. Be concise and commercially aware and make key decisions to ensure deadlines are met. Knowledge and understanding of UK & US Military EMC and Environmental Test Standards Occasional Travel to Customers may be required **Security Clearance will be required for this role due to the sensitive nature of the products and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered**

Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Engineering Manager

An Engineering Manager is required to join an established company with a strong reputation in the defence electronics sector. The successful candidate will be joining to lead product development, providing innovative solutions, team leadership and act as Design Authority on behalf of the Company Responsibilities of the Engineering Manager will include the following: Responsible for delivering Design and Development programs to specification and to agreed schedules. To lead the Engineering team, setting and achieving challenging targets related to cost, quality and timescales. Maintain, deliver and develop key performance indicators and metrics for the Engineering dept. Provide technical proposals in response to new opportunities. Contribute to planning and tactical implementation of the strategic business plans to maximise value creation. To support business development and sales in promoting the company, products and services and have contact with the customer base as required. The Engineering Manager should have the following skills or experience: Engineering/Technical based degree ideally within electronics or a related subject. Significant experience in leadership and management from an engineering background. Experienced in design strategies to minimise EMC/EMI emanations from Electronic equipment. Good working knowledge of RF and Electronic products. Commercially aware with an ability to interface credibly and proactively with customers and internal teams. This is an excellent opportunity for an Engineering Manager with knowledge of electronics manufacturing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Gloucester based company will offer you: Competitive salary package Non-standard pension scheme Optional health benefits Interviews for the Engineering Manager will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. For further information on the Engineering Manager position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Permanent / Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Electronic Systems Engineer

A Systems Engineer is required to join the Hardware Engineering Team within a market leading Innovative aerospace technology company that specialise in high-performance sensing, monitoring, power and motion systems. The Systems Engineer will have technical expertise in the development of digital, analogue or power electronic systems and subsystems in Military, Defence, Aerospace or high integrity, safety critical industries. As a Systems Engineer your responsibilities will include: Development and Qualification of Avionics systems as per DO-254, DO-160. Developing hardware, using microprocessor and FPGA architecture, from concept to qualification. Participating in preparing for and supporting audits for Complex Hardware (DO254) Verification and Validation procedures. The Systems Engineer should have the following skills/experience: Basic programming skills in C Expertise in electronics systems engineering, working with digital signal processors (DSP) / debuggers, emulators, oscilloscopes and RF devices. Software and Hardware experience in a safety critical sector. Good knowledge of real-time embedded systems. Experience with requirements management, configuration management and problem reporting tools. Interviews for the Systems Engineer will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. Security Clearance may be required for this role due to the nature of the products involved. If interested in this role then please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment or apply directly.

Permanent / Plymouth, Devon
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