Trials Manager

NP12 4AA, Blackwood
Competitive, flexible benefits & bonus
03 Apr 2019
01 May 2019

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:

GDUK is looking to recruit a Trials Manager for the SV programme, working within the ITEA team. The successful candidate will be a key player within the team, providing specialist test expertise in the area of lethality trials from small arms to 40mm cannon as well as supporting the other V&V trials on prototype and production platforms.  The role will place significant demands on their engineering knowledge and experience. The role will require close liaison and co-operation with the engineering domain subject matter experts and systems engineering expertise residing in the wider GD businesses.  The candidate must be a team player who is prepared to lead from the front and work with a multi-national engineering team and the customer community. The individual will be required to work across geographical and cultural divides to draw together a comprehensive engineering trials capability that will result a balanced system solution.

This position is based in South Wales.


  • Plan and execute the live firing trials activities for the SV prototype and production vehicles
  • Manage and Lead the trials teams in V&V to deliver the test and trials programme
  • Provide test and trials status review reports to management
  • Provision of key artefacts in support of system acceptance
  • Prepare and conduct Test Readiness Reviews in line with programme schedule for individual trials events
  • Capture and management of trials related incidents in line with the DRACAS process
  • Manage vehicle build standard in accordance with design / build baselines and identified / agreed changes
  • Working closely with the trials support function, ensure required maintenance is conducted and spares / STTE are provided for trials
  • Chair regular GD-MoD working groups as part of a stakeholder community to develop test specifications and specific trials options including requisite facilities and instrumentation needs to enable requirements verification
  • Trials Health & Safety focus, interfacing with the Health & Safety function
  • Support Reliability Growth Planning meetings and execution of these trials in conjunction with the ILS team
  • Effectively communicate test and trials options & constraints to a multi-disciplined team throughout all phases of the project
  • Carry out viability assessments of test and trials approaches
  • Provide concise briefings to senior management


  • Degree qualified in relevant engineering discipline or equivalent experience
  • Extensive understanding and experience of systems engineering process, including requirements management, systems analysis/design, system integration and test and complex vehicle trials
  • A proven track record in the planning and execution of vehicles trials programmes with a specific emphasis on Lethality testing and Def Stan 07-85. Solid understanding of Reliability Growth Trials
  • Experience in all vehicle systems domains including Electronic Architecture (vetronics), lethality, and survivability and mobility systems.
  • Ability to liaise with and present information to multi-disciplined team members.
  • Willing to travel extensively within the UK and overseas
  • Good documentation skills, with experience in the preparation of systems documentation, including vehicle test and trials plans, specifications and reports
  • Experienced in the use of systems engineering and integration tools/methodologies
  • Extensive experience in determination of compliance methodologies and demonstration through test, analysis and similarity with previously tested equipments
  • Ability to think at the systems level.
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written skills
  • A strong background in military vehicle systems engineering, integration and acceptance
  • Familiarity with current British Army tracked and wheeled vehicles.
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural and multi-lingual engineering team.
  • Broad knowledge of standards and legislation applicable to military platforms.

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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