BAE Systems
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Job details:
BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies that works at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries. BAE Systems currently has a vacancy for a Metallurgist at its site in Great Baddow, Essex.

As a Metallurgist, the successful candidate will be working as part of a multi-discipline team within the Product Assurance Response Centre (PARC). PARC’s activities include the provision of rapid technical troubleshooting services relating to components, production, processes and ‘green issues’. This will be working across a broad range of industrial operations, including avionics, sensors, shipbuilding, aircraft manufacture, sonar systems, radar and energetic materials.

This role will provide the successful candidate with the chance to develop their skills within materials science, where every day is different. The role will offer exposure to cutting-edge technology as well as excellent career development 

Main responsibilities: 
  • Providing rapid troubleshooting and failure analysis service relating to components, production and processes
  • Ensuring high performance, quality, value and competitiveness throughout BAE Systems
  • Using test and analytical equipment to ensure problems are solved in a timely fashion, supporting colleagues on metallographic enquiries
  • Preparing technical reports, test procedures, process specifications and other product documentation
  • Liaising with both internal and external customers, including travel and visits to other business units as part of the rapid troubleshooting service.
Essential skills and qualifications:
  • Degree-level qualification (or equivalent with experience) in Materials Science or Metallurgy
  • Experienced in mechanical testing/failure analysis of metals
  • Demonstrable experience in industry
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite (particularly Word and Excel)
  • Accurate and concise report-writing skills.
Desirable skills and qualifications:
  • Membership of a recognised technical institution would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of materials properties, selection, processing and testing, ideally encompassing metals, polymers, ceramics and composites, adhesives, surface finishes and coatings
  • Knowledge of modern analytical techniques, for example tensile testing, material/sample preparation, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), 3D X-ray/computed tomography (CT), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)/thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) evolvedgas analysis (EGA), thermomechanical analysis (TMA), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), NDT techniques, etc.
The successful candidate must be able to work using their own initiative, with the ability to multi-task and manage their own workload. They will also possess a flexible and adaptable approach to enable them to take on enquiries that are not from their specific academic background.

Employees receive an excellent benefits package, which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a company-contributed share incentive plan. A range of additional benefits are also offered, such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Contact details:
Caroline Dey, BAE Systems Recruitment Centre. Tel: +44 (0)7879 486226; Email:
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