AJAX Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Team Engineer

Oakdale, Blackwood
Competitive, flexible benefits & bonus
20 Nov 2018
20 Dec 2018

General Dynamics UK is a world-leader in the integration of cutting-edge defence and security systems, delivering decisive advantage to military, government and civil customers worldwide.

Our employee culture is one that thrives on innovation, embraces teamwork and possesses a strong will to succeed. The pioneering technologies and the quality of our people give us our competitive edge.  Dynamics is not just part of our name, it’s part of our spirit.

The Role:

  • Deputise for the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Team Manager when required.
  • Focus on incident investigation and RCA during reliability growth trials on AJAX programme
  • Work with the Reliability team to mature the DRACAS and RCA process
  • Work with the vehicle Chief Engineers and Functional Leads to determine Failure Modes and reliability relevance of DRACAS incidents
  • Work with external Customers and Stakeholders to confirm that the reliability sentencing and Failure Modes are being consistent
  • Work with key supplier, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), Lockheed Martin (LMUK) and Thales to support Joint Incident Review Boards (IRB) and incident sentencing
  • Support the DRACAS Manger with root cause analysis
  • Support the DRACAS Manager with preparation for and attendance at Incident Sentencing Committees (ISC)
  • Support the RGT Planning Manager with preparation of the RGT Plans


  • Gather forensic evidence when incidents arise during vehicle trials
  • Prepare plans for incident investigation, which require instrumentation and additional trials
  • Assign incidents to failure modes and establish root cause of failure modes
  • Attend daily and weekly internal ISC
  • Work with the vehicle Chief Engineers and Functional Leads to prepare for and attend formal ISC with Customer and external stakeholders
  • Support preparation of the RGT Spares Plan
  • Support RGT Planning Manager to update and maintain the AJAX reliability plans
  • Preparation of material for internal and external review and presentation
  • Effectively communicate updates to the RCA Team Manager


  • A proven track record of complex system integration, test and acceptance programmes
  • Experience of engineering platform designs against performance and reliability targets
  • Experience of military vehicle systems
  • Ability to liaise with, and present information to, multi-disciplined and multi-national team members
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written skills
  • Willing to travel extensively within UK and Europe
  • Good team working abilities
  • Ability to communicate at senior levels
  • A relevant or associated degree to the role such as Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, or demonstrated relevant work experience
  • A strong background in defence systems engineering
  • Familiarity with current British Army tracked and wheeled vehicles
  • Familiar with relevant Defence Standards, Military Standards and EC Directives

GDUK offers a competitive compensation package with opportunities for growth and professional development. A flexible benefits package, 25 days holiday, a compressed fortnight offering every other Friday off and an attractive bonus scheme.

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