Jobs at FT Technologies

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The wind energy industry is growing significantly, and we are growing with it supplying to many of the top international wind turbine manufacturers. In the last decade, we have tripled in size and are always looking for more high-quality engineers.

We think and operate globally, but with all the benefits of a small company and our success means that we are now based in beautiful open plan offices, laboratories and workshops with state of the art research and development facilities.

We currently have the following vacancies:

Principal Engineer

Role Summary

A new role within the company, the Engineering Technical Manager will lead the technical delivery of the Engineering research and design team, overseeing management of engineering projects and disciplines to deliver innovations and solutions.

Working as the engineering technical contact company-wide, you will act as design authority for the direction, review and approval of all engineering projects and technical deliverables as well as working cross-functionally using APQP and FMEA principles to influence the design of new products brought to manufacturing.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a masters or honours degree in an electronics or engineering related discipline (or equivalent). You will have robust knowledge of modern analogue and digital electronic circuit design and solid experience of systems engineering in a sensor and/or instrumentation environment. A track record of leading, managing and delivery innovative technology projects is crucial and experience of industry standard PLM software, ideally Windchill, would be advantageous.

  • Responsible to the Engineering Programme Manager 
  • Key contacts include the Engineering Programme Manager, Chief Engineer, members of the Engineering team, Production, Test, Sales Application Engineers and customers.
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

Engineering Design Authority and Technical Management

  • Together with the Engineering Programme Manager, develop the technical and resourcing plans required for the Engineering research & design team to deliver the product development roadmap in order to meet corporate strategic objectives
  • Act as Design Authority for the direction, review and approval of all Engineering projects and technical deliverables
  • Drive Engineering excellence and product innovation, and empower engineers to push technological boundaries and deliver novel technical solutions
  • Participate in all stages of the company’s product innovation funnel to provide technical advice on the identification, selection and realisation of strategic priorities
  • Provide effective technical advice on electronics, software, mechanical design and other engineering disciplines at all stages of the product lifecycle (research, concept, design, development, pre-production, serial production, obsolescence)
  • Work with in-house teams and external contacts to research and identify new engineering technologies and solutions
  • Work with engineers to broaden the company’s intellectual property portfolio (patents)
  • Liaise with HR to ensure that the technical skillset required to achieve company strategic objectives are met through recruitment and development, and coach engineers on technical growth and development
  • Develop a technical training programme to mentor new recruits and engineers on the company’s core technologies and on their technical work
  • Act as Engineering point of contact for key customers in support of the Sales team, and visit customer locations to resolve implementation, maintenance or performance issues

Engineering development life cycle, project management and quality management

  • Directly project manage specific projects (as agreed with the Engineering Programme Manager) ensuring delivery within time and budget, and work closely with Engineering project managers to direct the integration and delivery of technical activities of other Engineering projects
  • Write systems engineering specifications and requirements specifications for Engineering projects to drive the delivery of research solutions and new product developments
  • Provide technical project leadership and guidance to engineers, being accountable for the project deliverables and technical decisions
  • Develop internal and external testing plans, and conduct internal and external tests in conjunction with the design teams
  • Ensure that Engineering staff are trained and competent to use the equipment in the Engineering laboratories and that safe practices are followed
  • Work closely with Production, Test, Quality & Sales using APQP and DFMEA principles to influence the design of new products brought to manufacturing and to support existing products
  • Liaise with Quality and suppliers on product quality and performance issues
  • Conduct quality assurance of the work carried out by engineers through the thorough review of documentation, drawings, validation, change and configuration management
  • Resolve quality control issues and establish and promote best practice
  • Act as Engineering Design Authority for the review and approval of configuration and change management across the business, and of Quality non-conformance reports for Production & Test issues
  • Monitor project technical progress and work with teams to improve delivery, efficiency and productivity
  • Seek to continuously improve the development cycle, guidelines and performance of the Engineering technical teams

Person Specification

  • Masters or Honours degree, or equivalent, in an electronics or engineering related discipline
  • Substantial professional experience in a similar role, ideally in a research and development or in a manufacturing environment
  • Robust knowledge of modern analogue and digital electronic circuit design
  • Solid experience of systems engineering involving electronic circuit design and embedded software in a sensor and/or instrumentation environment
  • Understanding of research and development methodologies for high technology manufactured products
  • Understanding of technical drawing and engineering calculations
  • Track record of leading, managing and delivering innovative technology projects
  • Driven by the desire to achieve engineering excellence
  • Evidence of an innovative approach to new product development and of technical problem solving
  • Proven ability to lead a team and enable an effective technical delivery through each stage of a project, from the initial brief through to design, testing and validation
  • Ability to develop good understanding of end user requirements
  • Competency with Microsoft Office tools including Excel, Word
  • Experience of industry standard PLM software, ideally Windchill
  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving approach
  • Comfortable working under time constraints to meet agreed deadlines
  • High standards of personal and professional integrity
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Advanced communication skills, verbal and written

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

Embedded Software Engineer

Role Summary

We need your inspiration to deliver our innovation. Join our team of highly skilled engineers and help us to design, research and develop the next generation of products in our wind sensor range. Working with very advanced technology, your creative mind will be put to work on a wide range of projects within the company – from improving our current products, to inventing new ones, to enhancing the automation of our production facilities.

Working alongside a team of electronic, mechanical, aerodynamics and automation engineers, you will be responsible for the software development lifecycle and quality of embedded software for a range of products and programmes for business systems. Your role will be to ensure the quality and reliability of products is maintained through the integrity of embedded software and systems.

  • Responsible to the Engineering Programme Manager
  • Key contacts include the Chief Engineer, members of the Engineering team, Production, Test, Sales Application Engineers and customers.
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

Design

  • Design, development, test, maintenance and documentation of software embedded in FT products.
  • Write requirements, system, design and technical specifications from inputs received from Engineering, Sales/customers or Operations.
  • Specify, develop and test algorithms and software for circuit boards.
  • Develop applications and support programs in high-level programming language (for instance Visual Basic, VB.net or C#) for in-house production, calibration and test of products and software and/or for customers.
  • Within remit of product history knowledge, investigate and resolve faults on returned products that are provided to Engineering for troubleshooting.

Project Management

  • Project manage own projects (or sub-projects) led by software design (embedded and systems).
  • Provide estimates and progress reports on work breakdown structures, tasks and timelines for own work.

Quality Control

  • Ensure quality control of the software development cycle through version control, documentation, reviews, validation, change and configuration management.
  • Support the quality control and continuous improvement of released software and products to meet customer requirements and deadlines.
  • Seek to continuously improve the development guidelines and design control of software development.
  • Manage development software environment, maintenance and licensing.

Person Specification

  • In-depth knowledge of embedded C
  • Experience in design and test of high reliability code
  • Experience with software research and development methodologies for high technology manufactured products
  • Experience in TI MSP Micro controllers and/or ARM micro controllers
  • In-depth knowledge of RS232, RS485 and RS422 serial communications and I2C and SPI protocols
  • In-depth knowledge of integrated circuit interfacing and digital and analogue communication systems at a design level
  • Evidence of in-depth and practical industry experience in software design and software Q.A. control including Documentation, Reviews, Validation, Change and Configuration management
  • Experience of PC application development with C# or other high-level .NET Visual Studio programming language
  • Working knowledge of electronic hardware, firmware and software

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving approach
  • Good communication, both verbal and written
  • Good team player, able to work cross-functionally across departments
  • Comfortable working under time constraints to meet agreed deadlines
  • Project management skills

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

Electronics Engineer (Digital)

Role Summary

Electronic circuit design and development - to contribute at every stage of design, development and testing of new and enhanced products.

  • Responsible to the Engineering Programme Manager
  • Key contacts include the Chief Engineer, members of the Engineering team, Production, Sales and Marketing
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Design, development and test of digital electronic circuits including microcontrollers and FPGAs and embedded firmware (VHDL)
  • Support product design, integration, validation and handover to production with other Engineering team members
  • Support management and other departments in contacts with customers
  • Manage Q.A. including documentation, reviews, validation, change and configuration management
  • Use experience, knowledge and understanding of integrated circuit interfacing and digital communication systems processor interfacing

Person Specification

  • Minimum of a BSC/MSc in electronics or related field
  • In-depth knowledge of modern digital electronic circuit design including: FPGA, EPLD, microcontrollers, HDL and VHDL, Mix-signal & Data converters, PCB Design, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Digital Filters
  • In-depth knowledge of modern design, simulation and verification tools & FPGA-HDL design / development tools
  • Working knowledge of processor and integrated circuit interfacing, e.g. I2C, SPI and asynchronous buses and protocols (RS485, RS422 etc)
  • Understanding of research and development methodologies for high technology manufactured products
  • Experience of processor interfacing e.g. I²C, SPI and asynchronous protocols
  • Understanding of research and development methodologies for high technology manufactured products
  • Knowledge of Q.A. including: Documentation, Reviews, Validation, Change, Configuration management

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving approach
  • Good communication, both verbal and written
  • Conscientious and focussed
  • Capacity to develop good understanding of end user requirements
  • Good team player, able to work cross-functionally across departments
  • Comfortable working under time constraints to meet agreed deadlines

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

Electronics Engineer (Analogue)

Role Summary

Electronic circuit design and development - to contribute at every stage of design, development and testing of new and enhanced products.

  • Responsible to the Engineering Programme Manager
  • Key contacts include the Chief Engineer, members of the Engineering team, Production, Sales and Marketing
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Design, development and test of electronic circuits
  • Support product design, integration, validation and handover to production with other Engineering team members
  • Support management and other departments in contacts with customers
  • Manage Q.A. including documentation, reviews, validation, change and configuration management
  • Use experience, knowledge and understanding of integrated circuit interfacing and digital communication systems processor interfacing

Person Specification

  • Minimum of a BSC/MSc in electronics or related field
  • In-depth knowledge of modern analogue electronic circuit design
  • Experience of electronic circuit design in a sensor and/or instrumentation environment
  • Robust knowledge of analogue, mixed-signal, power management, interface circuit design and circuit design theory
  • Experience of working on: Op-amp, Data converters, Signal Conditioning, Analogue Filters, Sensors & passive components, Linear regulators, Switching regulators, Discrete semiconductors, PCB design
  • Experience of processor interfacing e.g. I²C, SPI and asynchronous protocols
  • Understanding of research and development methodologies for high technology manufactured products
  • Knowledge of Q.A. including: Documentation, Reviews, Validation, Change, Configuration management

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving approach
  • Good communication, both verbal and written
  • Conscientious and focussed
  • Capacity to develop good understanding of end user requirements
  • Good team player, able to work cross-functionally across departments
  • Comfortable working under time constraints to meet agreed deadlines

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

Acoustics Engineer

Role Summary

To conduct theoretical and experimental research on the fundamental acoustic behaviour and properties of the wind sensor products and their constituent parts. To develop computer and experimental models in order to better understand and enhance the operation of the wind sensor products and their constituent parts.

  • Responsible to the Engineering Programme Manager
  • Key contacts include the Chief Engineer and members of the Engineering team
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Conduct research by means of CFD modelling and experiment
  • CFD modelling using PAFEC, design and optimisation of electro-acoustic transducers and acoustic resonators
  • CFD modelling using PAFEC of acoustic transfer function in still air
  • Optimise the operation of transducers used in the wind sensor, in order to deliver extended operating performance and reduced number of electronic components
  • Validate concepts and computer models using the results of experiments
  • Establish and improve measurement systems for transducers
  • Help broaden the company’s intellectual property portfolio (patents)

Person Specification

Essential:

  • MSc in Acoustics, Physics or relevant engineering degree
  • At least 5 years practical post graduate experience in similar industry
  • Experience in PAFEC suite for engineering analysis
  • Experience in working from theoretical principles to develop computer models
  • Highly competent in CFD modelling packages
  • Creative approach to analysis, problem solving and solutions
  • Self-motivated, comfortable working independently and able to prioritise
  • Collaborative approach and flexibility to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Can work under time constraints to meet agreed deadlines
  • High standards of personal and professional integrity

Desirable:

  • MSc or PhD in related subject
  • Experience in PAFEC suite for engineering analysis
  • Experience of working with piezo-electric transducers
  • Experience with Clio measurement systems
  • Good knowledge of Linux

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time 
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

Laboratories & Test Technician

Role Summary

FT Technologies is a successful high-tech, manufacturing business within the wind power industry. The company is now seeking an experienced technician to play an integral role within the Engineering team. You will work closely with the various engineers to support them in their research and development projects within the Engineering Test Lab.

It will be your responsibility to enable the laboratories to function effectively whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines. You will assist with co-ordination of Engineering tests, e.g. in lightning, environmental and reliability testing. You will also need to schedule maintenance work, which may be planned, preventative or as a consequence of an emergency breakdown.

  • Responsible to the Engineering Programme Manager
  • Key contacts include the Engineering team, Facilities Manager and the Health & Safety Consultant
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Set up and coordinate Engineering tests, including installing equipment, running tests and logging results, and enforce the correct and sage use of laboratory equipment.
  • Write and review Risk Assessments and COSHH assessments, and monitor compliance.
  • Write and keep up-to-date Standard Operating Procedures for the use of Laboratory equipment, and train engineers to follow SOPs and safety guidance.
  • Promote the adherence to 5S methodology in the Engineering laboratories and work place, and identify and implement continuous improvements for best practice.
  • Ensure that work areas and equipment are kept in a safe, tidy and ordered fashion.
  • Create an itinerary of equipment and their relevant service and calibration routines.
  • Schedule and organise routine maintenance procedures and repairs; maintain service and calibration schedules for all relevant test equipment.
  • Supervise and inspect work of contractors undertaking service and calibration of equipment.
  • Create and maintain battle plans for equipment and essential services failure.
  • Assist with machinery and equipment installations.
  • Ensure compliance with current health and safety and environmental legislation.
  • As appointed Radiation Protection Supervisor for ionising radiation equipment: supervise the operation and maintenance of ionising radiation equipment in accordance with the Local Rules, and monitor that staff observe the Local Rules for the safe use of ionising radiation equipment
  • Liaise with Health and Environment Policy Provider.

Person Specification

  • A levels or equivalent in science based subjects (preferably in maths/physics)
  • Further education at technical level (HND /BTEC)
  • Robust experience in a similar role in an electronics or engineering environment
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering and circuit drawings
  • IT literacy skills in MS Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Experience in a test environment
  • Applied knowledge of 5S methodology
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent influencing skills; knows when to be assertive
  • Demonstrated initiative; able to work without close supervision
  • Able to work in a methodical manner with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Organised: ability to plan, prioritise and multitask when necessary

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

HR & Recruitment Administrator

Role Summary

FT Technologies is a successful high-tech, manufacturing business within the wind power industry. Our business is growing and, as a result, so is our team. We are now looking for an experienced administrator to help us with our recruitment and HR needs.

FT is a very people-oriented company. We are still small enough that everyone knows everyone, but we are growing steadily. We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly person who will help us to market the company to new candidates, whilst making sure that everyone still feels like a part of the family. 

  • Responsible to the Head of HR
  • Key contacts include all staff
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • 40 hours per week

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Head of HR to manage recruitment campaigns including advertising, candidate care, interviews and job offers. Log job applicants and track progress.
  • Provide administrative support with all HR processes including starters and leavers, induction, learning and development and anything recorded on our HR software (Cascade).
  • Support administration of general HR correspondence including letters for recruitment, references, change of terms etc.
  • Enter and update all employee information on Cascade. Monitor holidays, absence, overtime, lieu time, flexi-time and expenses. Produce regular reports as required.
  • Develop and implement improvements to enhance reports and data accuracy. Improve use of workflows on Cascade to keep managers informed of employee record changes and approvals required.
  • Support managers and employees in the use of Cascade and provide coaching in the use of the systems where needed. Carry out initial induction training and ongoing support in the use of Cascade to new starters.
  • Monitor and report on attendance, raising issues for follow up with managers where appropriate.
  • Administer training records for all employees, schedule learning and development activities in line with budgets and follow up evaluation of providers. Ensure employee training records are kept up to date and perform training needs analysis with line managers or employee records.
  • Deal with queries from employees and managers on employment terms and conditions.
  • Assist in the provision of required HR statistics required for external audits.
  • Maintain employee records in line with General Data Protection Regulations.
  • Undertake ad hoc projects that are relevant to the operation of the department.

Person Specification

  • Experience in a technical recruiting role, ideally engineering
  • BA or BSc, previous employment in HR or related field, or CIPD qualification in HRM or L&D
  • Computer literate with good knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Outlook and Word
  • Experience of HR (or related industry) software
  • Awareness of employment law
  • Able to maintain a level of professionalism when dealing with challenging situations
  • Excellent organisational skills, with an ability to prioritise important projects and work to deadlines
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, whilst maintaining confidentiality at all times

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.

Purchasing Administrator (Part-Time)

Role Summary

FT Technologies is a successful high-tech, manufacturing business within the wind power industry. It's a very busy time for us right now and so we are seeking a part-time administrator to assist with the purchasing of all our goods and services.

This is a fixed-term, 12-month contract. Ideally, we would like someone to work up to 30 hours per week, spread over a minimum of three days - although you could spread the hours over four or five days if you prefer.

  • Responsible to the Head of Procurement
  • Key contacts include external suppliers and all internal departments
  • Located in Sunbury-on-Thames
  • Up to 30 hours a week, spread over 3-5 days

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Oversee process from point of purchase all the way to shipment, booking in.
  • Place purchase orders with suppliers (predominantly based in the UK).
  • Check and progress supplier pro-forma invoices within clearly defined rules with other departments.
  • Work closely with suppliers to ensure delivery dates are met.
  • Ensure all purchasing related queries and issues are dealt with quickly and efficiently and ensure good levels of communication with stakeholder.

Person Specification

  • Previous experience in Purchasing/Supply Chain would be an advantage
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Attention to detail
  • Target-driven with the ability to multi task
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently

Benefits and Rewards

  • Non-contributory pension plan, 9% company contribution
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Private health care plan
  • 24 days holiday per annum, increasing to 25 days after one year's service, plus all bank and public holidays
  • Flexi-time
  • Recruitment referral bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised social events and sports activities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free breakfast, fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day

For more information contact the HR team on 020 8943 0801 or email us.