(Senior) Product Assurance Specialist


Direct Entry Job Permanent Didcot, UK

Uploaded 23 Oct 2021

Job Description

About the role 

RAL Space is involved in all aspects of the design, manufacture, assembly and test of hardware and software for space-based and ground-based scientific instruments. An important part of this work is the Product Assurance function, provided by the RAL Space Product Assurance Group from which Product Assurance Managers are assigned to each of the projects in the department.

The RAL Space Product Assurance Group is looking to appoint one or more Senior Product Assurance Specialists (Band E); appointment as a Product Assurance Specialist (Band D) may be offered to suitable candidates who do not meet all the criteria for the more senior role.

A Senior Product Assurance Specialist would be expected to act as Product Assurance Manager for a portfolio of projects. The role includes responsibility for writing the Product Assurance Plan then ensuring that the activities it prescribes are followed to provide appropriate control and records of materials and processes, dependability, safety, EEE components, and for quality assurance measures including supporting and auditing suppliers. The PA Manager is the formal point of contact with the customers and suppliers on all Product Assurance matters.

You must be capable of thorough and conscientious work to tight deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, adapting to changing priorities as the need arises. In managing product assurance issues, there is frequently the need to negotiate the best course of action, so effective oral and written communication skills are essential when dealing with managers, engineers and scientists both within RAL Space and with representatives of space agencies, customers and suppliers. Through education, training or experience you should have a secure understanding of some engineering discipline – mechanical, thermal, optical, electronics or software – with knowledge and experience of space applications being highly advantageous. 

There may be some need for travel on an ad-hoc basis with occasionally overnight stays.

Person Specification

Shortlisting & Interview Criteria 

To be considered for this position at Band D you will demonstrate:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject, or a strong record of professional development (S)
  • Work experience of a scientific, engineering or technical nature (S)
  • Excellent written communication (S)
  • Understanding of many of the key physical and engineering challenges of building equipment (I)
  • Excellent oral communication (I)
  • Evidence of effective time management and prioritisation (I)
  • Evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail. (I)


  • Master’s degree in a STEM subject (S)
  • Experience of working in a QMS certified to ISO 9001 or EN 9100 (S)
  • ESA certification under STR-258 as an inspector of electronic assemblies (S)
  • Experience of Space Product Assurance (S)
  • Evidence of effective negotiation skills (I)
  • Thorough knowledge of how to use office software effectively (I)
  • Experience with the Sapienza Eclipse tool suite (I)
  • Experience of personnel and budgetary management. (S)

To be considered at Band E you will also demonstrate:


  • Substantial work experience of a scientific, engineering or technical nature (S)
  • Experience in the space sector (S)
  • Understanding of many of the key physical and engineering challenges of building equipment for space (I)
  • Knowledge of space industry technical standards such as ECSS, ESCC, NASA, MIL (I)
  • Experience of personnel and budgetary management. (S)


  • Chartered status awarded by an engineering, quality assurance or scientific organisation (S).

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Alex Davidson ([email protected]).