Quality Engineer

A global leader in the composite materials market is currently seeking an experienced and 'hands-on' individual to join their team as a quality engineer. As a key member of the engineering group and based within the company's large scale testing laboratory you will focus on performing defined qualification and testing programmes to facilitate/support customer qualification of company materials for use in aerospace and industrial applications

Main duties:

Review & interpret material specifications qualification test plans and associated test methods and to address/manage inconsistencies or contradictions
Actively support the preparation of qualification test plans/statements of work
Generate – with autonomy – detailed test plans and overall project plans
Undertake all aspects of test specimen preparation and generate defined physical chemical and mechanical test data – implementing and developing new test methods as required – and proposing & implementing agreed improvements to existing procedures & processes
Investigate – with autonomy – the reasons behind unexpected specimen failures and to propose next steps based on sound technical know-how/input
Statistically analyse and accurately document test data and material performance conclusions in medium/large technical reports with detailed discussions based on technical reasoning and management consensus
Undertake project work in compliance with all relevant customer/material specifications quality standards and health safety & environmental (HSE) requirements – for self & others – & to maintain accurate records in support of said compliance
To undertake and champion ancillary tasks (including 5S LEAN continuous improvement etc.) in support of the day-to-day running of the Qualification department

Major challenges of the job:

Plan coordinate & manage a variety of on-going qualifications and testing activities to ensure the timely completion of defined projects
Overcome the day-to-day issues – for self and others – which arise in a busy Qualification Test Laboratory
Be able to drive with autonomy agreed qualification and testing projects to successful completion

Knowledge skills and experience required:

A technical background in an engineering or material science discipline (a working knowledge of FRP composite materials testing will be advantageous)
A hands-on approach to laboratory work combined with good attention to detail
The ability to analyse test data – draw firm conclusions and where necessary – propose next steps
The ability to write accurate and concise technical (medium/large) reports with detailed discussions based on technical reasoning.
Effective project management and communication skills and be able to work independently and as a team member or leader
To be a key contact within department for testing consultancy and be able to command the personal respect and confidence of colleagues and customers for expert knowledge within function

Salary: £. Competitive + Excellent company benefits + Bonus