Operational Quality Assurance Engineer

Job Reference: BBBH73767

Posted by: Carl Delaney

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Industry: Engineering
Stevenage, UK
£31 – £31 per hour

Description of role:

World Class Aerospace Organisation based in Stevenage is currently looking to recruit an Operational Quality Assurance Engineer subcontractor on an initial 12 month contract.

Hourly Rate: £31.00 (Umbrella)

Contract Duration: 12 Months initially and then ongoing thereafter

Operational Quality Assurance Engineer Job Description:

  • A vacancy for a Operational QA to join the Quality Assurance department has arisen within Defence and Space Team in Stevenage.
  • Our Quality Assurance department ensures with confidence that our customers’ requirements are being met during the manufacturing, assembly, integration and test phases of the Spacecraft build cycle.
  • Vigilance and dedication in our efforts allows us to develop customised solutions, proactively eliminate problems, improve operational performance, maintain low costs, keeping our people safe and our customer satisfied in our unique and highly specialised operations and product manufacture.

The QA is fully empowered to manage all aspects of quality within the Spacecraft Production work area.

  • Performing critical inspection activities and witnessing critical operations.
  • Lead and influence the prevention of non-conformances and enforcing the quality mind set in the local work areas.
  • Drive the efficient management of non-conformance and Cost of Non quality reduction.
  • Collate build reconciliations and open points (e.g. open work orders).
  • Perform Quality surveillance in the local work areas to ensure product quality meets the stated requirements.
  • Ensure open actions from critical inspections are managed and tracked during all production phases.
  • Attend and support PPS (root cause analysis) / IRB (internal review board) meetings where required
  • Review and supply feedback of quality procedures, processes, documents and forms used during daily activities for accuracy and completeness
  • Request and/or carry out a process audit as and when necessary
  • Review Spacecraft Production work instructions for technical integrity, regarding product quality requirements through QVPs and standards, whether specific or more general. If needed, reject and assist manufacturing in the correction of errors. Reviewing drawings as needed in support of a work instruction review.
  • Apply Company Core Values to create an environment for success, set the example, uphold the standard and welcome challenges while maintaining integrity, commitment, confidence, teamwork, customer focus, respect and reliability

Skill Set:


  • A recognised engineering apprenticeship and/or equivalent academic qualification with at least 3 years Production, Quality or Engineering experience within the Aerospace or Military industry,
  • Good understanding of Quality Assurance and product assurance activities.
  • Communication skills to motivate others to improve the quality of their work as well as to explain your findings clearly.
  • Teamwork and leadership attributes with excellent written and oral communication and persuasion skills.
  • Solid hardware inspection background.
  • Willingness to work on shift, on-call or off-site when required.
  • Knowledge of Space Quality standards would be a strong advantage.


  • Lean, continuous improvement qualifications
  • ESA qualification would be a plus
  • Experience with 3D drawings (Catia,3DX) would be a plus
  • Knowledge on composite/carbon would be a plus

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