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Design Assurance Engineer in Christchurch at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 2/5/2019

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Job Description

We are looking for a Design Assurance Engineer to join our Office of Chief Engineers at our new site in Bournemouth, UK. This is a crucial role in our business as you will provide assurance that the work we are doing follows both quality and regulatory standards. This is your opportunity to have an impact in a global organisation, which is pushing the boundaries of technology.

To be effective you will successfully plan and implement quality assurance audits on system, hardware, firmware and software development activities. If you can do this and you have a quality/design assurance background, we want to hear from you. We would also consider software, firmware or hardware engineers who want to move into a quality/design assurance role. Additionally, you will have the confidence to bring people on side, have difficult conversations and stand your ground when required.

The Avionics & Electronics business unit were recently awarded Silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating our dedication to high performance through good people management. We have proven we know what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.


  • Be responsible for the maintenance and deployment of company procedures, codes of practice, forms and other guidance material as relevant to the Engineering department.

  • Plan and implement quality assurance audits on system, hardware, firmware and software development activities to assess compliance to defined company procedures, codes of practices and other guidance material.

  • Perform independent objective reviews of the outputs of engineering work activities to assess compliance to defined company procedures, codes of practices and other guidance material.

  • Be a member of the engineering change control board performing the quality approval for change requests.

  • Resolve non-compliance issues effectively and at an appropriate level of the department or company.

  • Provide feedback to engineering management and staff on the results of quality assurance activities.

  • Liaise with, and host, external auditors.

  • Ensure that quality records are correctly developed, maintained and archived by the Engineering projects and department.

  • Take a key role in process improvement activities.

  • Report directly to the delegated Chief Engineer on engineering quality issues in the project or departmental context.

  • When necessary or appropriate, report directly to the General Manager on significant unresolved engineering quality issues.

Skills and Experience

  • Broad knowledge and experience across a wide range of engineering disciplines to enable effective communication with systems, hardware, firmware & software engineers and managers.

  • Experience in a quality-based role ideally within an aerospace environment, or alternatively, knowledge and experience of RTCA DO-178B/C and/or DO-254 with a desire to move into a quality/design assurance engineering role.

  • Good level of education in a computer science, engineering or science discipline.

  • Experience or knowledge of Aerospace regularity guidance / standards e.g. AS9100, ARP4754A, RTCA DO-254, RTCA DO-178B/C.

  • Configuration Management and Product Lifecycle Management tool experience.

  • Process definition / modelling (e.g. BPMN) experience.

  • Standout colleague with good social skills and the ability to communicate confidently and persuasively with a wide variety of people.

  • Ability to collaborate and make pragmatic decisions that ensure compliance and quality while considering cost, schedule and risk.

  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

  • Highly ambitious and the ability to work without supervision.

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 opens an email client application and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request