AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019 it generated revenues of € 70.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
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We are looking for a Payload System Engineer to join Airbus Defence & Space in Portsmouth.
Focusing on Models and Digital Transformation, you will join our Telecom Payload System Engineering team, integrated within our Space Engineering group and supporting the Telecom Business Line.
The Telecom Payload System Engineering team is a centre of competence gathering expertise in RF Systems; Electrical Systems; Mechanical & Thermal Systems and EMC. The team provides engineering support to the Portsmouth-based Telecom Payload Team.
The team contributes to the delivery of Telecom payloads flying on Eurostar platforms (E3000 or Eurostar Neo) and other third party platforms, as well as supporting studies, R&D and proposals.
Payload Systems Modelling: As part of the role delivered by the System Engineering team, engineers are required to develop representative software simulation models for various purposes including for instance:
End-to-end telecom systems
Performance prediction of telecom payloads
Simulation of advanced subsystems.
The purpose of these models is to assist the payload and subsystem design activities, to validate the solutions proposed, and to predict the performance.
The team currently relies on various tools: some standard OTS software products are used (Matlab Simulink; Keysight ADS; HTS; SystemVue; Microwave Office; Ticra Satsoft; STK; etc) and the team also relies on internally developed solutions.
Digital Transformation Champion: In addition to the modelling tools, the team also routinely uses tools designed to support operations, in particular for the generation of performance predictions; for the processing and review of payload performance measurements and for the management of the datasets associated to payload equipment. As part of the Airbus Digital Transformation, these tools are evolving and are in the process of being migrated within a Division-wide solution referred to as ‘DDMS@SpS’ (Digital Design Manufacturing for Space Systems).
The objective of the role is to structure the use of software tools within Payload System Engineering, to define the roadmap for new developments, to manage the resources, and lead engineers involved in this activity. It is also to own the roadmap for the operational tool and to represent the Payload System Engineering department at the level of the Airbus DDMS and DTO community.
Manage new and existing software modelling tools:
As used by the various teams within Payload System Engineering
Provide technical support to projects, proposals and R&D activities
Make sure all development is carried-out in adherence with standard / defined processes, and that documentation associated with the tools and models developed is kept up to date
Lead new models development; manage obsolescence and maintenance of existing tools
Define the development roadmap:
Structure / standardise the approach adopted across projects
Identify potential new requirements (in discussion with other key players)
Integrate the department’s roadmap with the DTO / Airbus DS DDMS initiatives
Lead the ‘system modelling pool’ of allocated engineers:
You will have no direct reports but will coordinate the workload across the team members assigned to development activities (a mix of full and part time members)
Understand or interpret projects’ requirements
In line with the emergence of new payload architectures requiring the modelling of new subsystems for which the existing standard modelling tools are not suitable (multi-port amplifiers; processors; active antenna; etc.).
Represent the Payload System Department and liaise with other engineering groups for digitalisation and modelling – including for instance
Airbus Central Engineering software team (TESO): with software developers working on S^3 and OASIS and software developers working on TRAC suite
Airbus DS Digital Transformation Office (DTO) and in particular the Space System DDMS team (former ‘Odyssey 4.0’)
Support proposal activities and contribute to R&D / studies as and when required
Occasionally, the role might require first hand involvement in the generation of RF analysis of payload performance; the compilation of written reports or analysis documentation and possibly the presentation of the analysis data to the customer (in the context of customers’ gate reviews: PDR; BDR; CDR; etc.)
Required Skills and Experience
Experience using modelling software for RF Systems design / RF systems performance analysis, eg. Matlab /Simulink, ADS, C/C++, Java, etc.
Microwave / high frequency RF engineering
Knowledge of Satellite Communications systems and understanding of equipment fitted to the Satellite payload such as receivers, converters, amplifiers, waveguides and antennas
Experience and knowledge of modulation and coding schemes
What we can offer you
In return we can offer a competitive salary with annual profit share; an ever growing list of company benefits including enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and very strong, very real strong career development options across our transnational, market leading company.
Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
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