Job Title: Assistant Development Engineer - Electronics
Salary: £35,844 to £40,731 plus £1,639 location allowance. You will receive £35,844 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £40,731 will be via incremental progression.
Seeing is believing. And that’s the only way you’ll really get to know about our sophisticated technologies and how we’re using them to fight crime in the capital. We don’t say much, for obvious reasons, but suffice to say that we’re leading advancements in emerging technologies to deliver bespoke electronic and ICT solutions for operational use by police officers in the field.
This is an outstanding opportunity to develop within a design environment and work in a leading engineering and science department offering excellent employee benefits.
Technology, Research and Innovation (TRI) are part of Operational Technology Group of Met Operations 3. We are responsible for keeping the Metropolitan Police Service at the forefront of new and emerging technologies, so our work is highly innovative and no project is ever the same. Some initiatives involve undertaking research activities with academia or exploring new off-the shelf technologies. While some projects will involve taking commercially available products and modifying them, others will involve creating a solution from scratch where it does not exist.
Delivery of these solutions involves the complete lifecycle from developing requirements with customers, producing design solutions and turning these designs into a fully functional product or system for operational use. The Electronic Systems Development (ESD) team develops bespoke electronic solutions to unique business issues relating to some of the more specialist and sensitive parts of the MPS / National policing network.
The Assistant Development Engineer will be part of the ESD team developing niche electronic solutions to unique problems. You will support the Development Engineers in their tasks of designing, building / prototyping, testing and evaluation.
Under the guidance of a development engineer, you will work in a team of engineers assisting in producing designs and turning these into fully functional products or systems for operational use in the field. The work will include some design elements, building, prototyping, manufacture, assembly and exhaustively testing items before deployments and providing accurate test reports.
The role is varied and on any typical day you may be involved in a number of activities including assisting with software and hardware development projects, assisting with or carrying out electronics design, testing, participating in project meetings, design reviews / workshops and meeting with customers or suppliers as well as helping with all aspects of the support to the ESD team. You will also carry out the production of parts including the fabrication of PCBs, cables, assemblies etc. and the sourcing components / equipment where required for assembly into larger systems.
The work will also include assisting in the evaluation, recommendation for purchase and modification of specialist equipment from the marketplace to meet specific business needs. This will include procurement activities and support to the ESD laboratory, workshop and equipment.
You may also be offered the opportunity to participate in occasional operational or field work alongside operational colleagues and officers.
This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post; with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required.
Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.
Please see below to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information that will help inform and support your application:
To apply, please visit our website. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form. Your CV and Personal Statement should outline the points stated in the job advert and how you meet the criteria, please view the attached CV and Personal statement document for guidance, (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).
Completed applications must be submitted by 20th June 2022.
We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce reflective of London’s communities. Applications from applicants of all backgrounds are therefore essential.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, the Met have committed to ensuring a fair and inclusive application process.
The candidate must have a Degree, HNC/HND or ONC/OND (or the equivalent thereof) in Electronic Engineering.
Experience in some of the following areas:Recent demonstrable experience of working in a design or development environment for electronics equipment/productsLiaison with external suppliers and manufacturersExperience in system / module testing including documentationManufacture, production, or support of electronic engineering technology across modern electronic disciplinesStrong written and verbal communication skillsWorking as part of a project teamExperience of problem solving applying personal initiative when neededExperience of applying electronic principlesExperience of analysis of electronic circuits.
Proven PRACTICAL experience and skills in some of the following areas:Building prototype circuits on veroboards and/or PCBsHand soldering surface mount componentsUsing basic test equipment PSU’s, multi-meters and oscilloscopesTesting and evaluating electronic circuits or equipmentDesigning electronic circuitsSafe use of hand tools, soldering equipment and portable power tools
Any of the following skills& experience would be advantageous and, where required, we would seek to develop some of these skills in the successful candidate:Communication and RF systemsSchematic capture and PCB designMicro-controller hardware and firmware designField Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)Digital Signal Processing (DSP)Other engineering qualifications, skills, knowledge, or experience gained formally or informallyInterest in membership of a professional Institution (eg IET)