Head of Engineering – Glasgow

Location:  Glasgow
Salary: Competitive

About AAC Clyde Space

AAC Clyde Space, a leading New Space company, specialises in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space. This data has a vast range of applications, from weather forecasting to precision farming to environmental monitoring, and is essential to improving our quality of life on Earth.

Our growing capabilities bring together three divisions: 

  • Space Data as a Service – delivering data from space directly to customers
  • Space missions – turnkey solutions that empower customers to streamline their space missions
  • Space products and components – a full range of off-the-shelf and tailor-made subsystems, components, and sensors

AAC Clyde Space aims to become a world leader in commercial small satellites and services from space, applying advances in its technology to tackle global challenges and improve our life on Earth.

Some of our clients include Horizon Technologies, Orbcomm, NSLComm, OHB Sweden, Intuitive Machines, Orbital Micro Systems, the United States Airforce Academy, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and NASA.

AAC Clyde Space’s main operations are located in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa, with partner networks in Japan and South Korea.


About this role

The purpose of the role is accountability for r providing leadership to engineering team in delivering commercial and operational priorities.  This involves focus on the load and capacity, resource management, people development, organisational structure and establishing standard processes for safe, quality and repeatable designs for production.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide leadership for engineering function including load and capacity and engineering structure
  • Accountable for the monitoring and achievement of operational and/or financial results for area of responsibility
  • Responsible for staffing decisions and development through the employment lifecycle
  • Accountable for all engineering and operational performance metrics (safety, quality, cost, people and delivery)
  • Interdisciplinary engineering management including electronics, mechanical, systems and software disciplines
  • Deliver the financial plan
  • Able to interpret and negotiate customer requirements while directing engineering teams to maximise standardisation and design reuse
  • Define and implement design review gated processes with Continuous Improvement Lead Engineer

Skills Required:

  • Relevant Degree qualification or equivalent work experience
  • Experienced in Design for Manufacture and Design for Test best practice
  • Demonstrates evidence of people leadership and development for multi-disciplinary engineering teams in a high technology development environment
  • Understanding of space preferred, or highly accredited sector such as Defence/Aerospace
  • Experience in spacecraft engineering, with a working knowledge of space manufacturing practices and methods
  • Track record with instilling standard and efficient engineering processes and/or improvement projects
  • Demonstrates strategic thinking and direction for functional area
  • Demonstrates Strategic thinking and direction for functional area
  • Has financial and commercial acumen
  • Ability to problem solve and achieve goals through the work of others
  • Evidence of developing others

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AAC Clyde Space has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the EU or the country in which they plan to work. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to AAC Clyde Space verifying that you are eligible to work in that country before you start work. AAC Clyde Space are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

Please note that if you have not heard anything from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, your application has on this occasion been unsuccessful. You will be sent an email by our recruitment team acknowledging receipt of your application and we would welcome that you follow up with them for feedback.

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