Date Posted
13 Jun 2019

Cobham Aviation Services UK has recently been awarded a contract for the design and development of a range of operational training electronic warfare pods by the MoD on behalf of NATO. This will provide realistic training in EW to the member countries, in order to be able to operate in a real time situation. Based in Bournemouth Airport, CAVs UK is actively recruiting for Mechanical Development Engineer This is an exciting opportunity for engineers looking to build on their current experience in an interesting and challenging area.


We currently have a requirement for an RF Design Engineer. You will be directly responsible to the Electronics Design Team Lead – Technology, implementing RF Design activities in support of all deliverable products required to satisfy the NATO JEWCS contract.  


The prime location is the Cobham Aviation Services facility located at Christchurch, Dorset 


As the RF Design Engineer  your skills and qualifications will ideally include:  


Essential Personal Skill & Attributes


            Bachelor Degree in Science/Technology or suitable equivalent


            Cleared to or have the ability to be cleared to SC


            Good knowledge of current RF technologies – Solid State Amplifiers, high speed switches etc…


            Good knowledge of digital signal processing of RF and Baseband signals


            Good knowledge of modern RF Test equipment – VNA, RF Power Meter, RF Signal generator, RF Spectrum Analyser


            Knowledge of High Power RF Antenna Systems


            Experience of deriving system level requirements from High Level customer requirements


            Experience of developing, writing and implementing test and verification plans for sub-systems and complete systems.   


            Experience of writing technical requirements for connectorised RF components & sub-systems


            Experience of evaluating technical proposals from suppliers of RF components & sub-systems 


            Experience in Project life-cycle delivery from bids to operation


            Computer literate – MS Office Software


Desirable Personal Skill & Attributes


            Hands on RF design and simulation software desirable


            Knowledge of Industry Standards – ISO 9001, AS9100, Def Stan 00-56, DO178 etc…


            Knowledge of UK Civil Aviation Regulations – CAA/EASA


            Experience of design or manufacturing in the aviation industry


            Experience in Quality Management System management within an aviation environment


            Experience in Safety Management System management within an aviation or engineering environment


            Excellent verbal and written Communication Skills – Ability to interface and effectively influence and negotiate with internal and external customers at all levels


            Excellent problem solving skills, utilising experience, sound judgment and interpersonal skills


            Excellent Time Management Skills, with the ability to achieve deadlines


            Maintain high levels of integrity, work ethic and confidentiality and use discretion appropriately.


            Self-motivated, resilient with the ability to hold their own.


            Consistently demonstrate a commitment to Company values



As the RF Design Engineer  your main responsibilities will involve: 


            Design and develop RF sub-systems for new EW equipment


            Use design expertise to create RF design solutions to EW engineering problems, particularly those relating to operational requirements for Radar Jammers and Simulators for NATO JEWCS.


            Develop and maintain some knowledge of International Radar and Communications equipment types and function to enable solutions to EW engineering problems to be achieved.


            Carry out peer review of designs and technical proposals authored by other engineers from an RF point of view.


            Comply with Cobham Safety Standards


            Maintain positive and constructive relationships with all internal and external stakeholders and customers  


Cobham Special Mission


Protecting borders, saving lives and enhancing the effectiveness of defence personnel.


We combine state-of-the-art technology with complex air platforms to deliver customised airborne surveillance, operational readiness training and search and rescue services.  


Our end-to-end capabilities benefit government and military customers with responsive and cost-effective turn-key solutions for optimal mission performance. 


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