Hardware Team Leader in Christchurch at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 2/22/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Curtiss-Wright is looking for a Hardware Team Leader to join our Avionics Team at our state-of-the-art facility by Bournemouth Airport. Here in Bournemouth, we design and manufacture cockpit voice and data flight recorders as well as air data computers. Our Air Data Computers have the world's highest specification pressure sensors while operating in an aircraft environment! They supply altitude and airspeed readings directly to primary cockpit displays and auto pilots. Our recorders survive an 1100°C fire, 3400g shock impact, deep sea immersion at 20,000ft depth for 90 days and retain the recorded data which is then used to identify the cause of a crash. Recorded information includes cockpit audio from both area and personal microphones as well as important flight data (for example angle of attack, mach, rudder position etc.). This is your chance to make an impact in flight safety of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft while working for a global organization working at the cutting edge of technology.



The Opportunity

Curtiss-Wright is looking for a Hardware Team Leader to join our Avionics Division. Bringing Avionics Industry experience and best practice a successful candidate will also demonstrate high performance and achievement in leadership & management of engineering teams through a full product development life cycle. You will have strong communication skills, the ability to foster good stakeholder relations and excellent organization skills.

Your Challenge

  • Develop, implement and maintain procedures, methods, and tools required to achieve a World Class capability in the process of electronic equipment design data for aerospace applications (DO-254, ARP4754 and DO-160).
  • Hardware Design Authority for hardware development.
  • Anticipate future developments and improvements in avionic design processes and prepare for their implementation.
  • Plan and execute the engineering programme to ensure that it is delivered within budget, to schedule, and meets customer requirements.
  • Regular review of product development activities to ensure technical and process compliance, giving guidance to the engineering team and assure that design solution processes are airworthy.
  • Ensure all formal design, test and verification reviews are conducted in accordance with the agreed programme standards and schedule.
  • Act as the Control Account Manager for engineering activities, working closely with the Programme Management Office.
  • Exercise financial control against allocated programme budgets, working with designated Work Package Managers.
  • Establish positive and constructive relationships and communications with key internal stakeholders such that necessary influence can be exerted in support of meeting programme, contract and company requirements.
  • Recruitment, mentoring, development, and performance appraisal of engineering staff.
  • Meet all Personal Objectives and KPIs as agreed with the Programme Manager.
  • Attend regular programme meetings.
  • Attend and participate in other forums and activities as directed by the Programme Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with all Health and Safety requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with company Quality Management System requirements.
  • The Hardware Team Leader is responsible for the management of the Hardware, Firmware, Mechanical and Qualification Team within an Integrated Product Team structure.
  • Completion of programme engineering activity on time and within cost to the required quality to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Generation and delivery of all required engineering metrics/reports to the required standard within the agreed timeframe.
  • Contractual compliance, client satisfaction and organisational reputation.

Your Expertise:

Essential Criteria:

  • Degree in Electrical / Electronic Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Proven experience in embedded digital and analogue design within an aerospace / automotive / medical / safety-critical environment
  • Experienced in an engineering management capacity
  • Demonstrated high performance and achievement in leadership and management of engineering teams through a full product development life cycle (including system design, development, integration, test, verification)
  • Familiar with small Microprocessor and microcontroller systems
  • Familiar with Schematic design using ORCAD or similar package
  • Familiar with Op Amp level analogue & DC-DC PSU design
  • Design for EMC
  • Familiar with FPGA design and simulation in VHDL
  • Experience of working with DO-254 and ARP4754
  • Experience of working with DO-160 would be beneficial
  • Experience of managing teams in high pressure, flexible environments
  • Ability to manage multi-disciplined engineering teams, third party stakeholders and other internal functions
  • Ability to travel (limited) if needed to support the requirements of the role
  • Leadership and team management skills, ability to motivate and develop
  • Goal orientation and outcome focused
  • Strong interpersonal skills (communication, motivation, negotiation)


  • Experience of working as a Control Account Manager and working closely with a Programme Management Office.
  • High level skill set in all aspects of engineering design, product development and management, including key tools & techniques.
  • Demonstrable financial management skills.

This position may require exposure to information which is subject to export control regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must meet eligibility requirements of the ITAR and of the UK/EU through completion of a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) application. In the event information provided on the BPSS application reveals ineligibility to access US export controlled information, any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request. #LI-HP1