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Aerospace Technologist – Propulsion

Aerospace Technology Institute
Cranfield, Bedford
Closing date
19 May 2021
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Job Details

We are looking for a highly capable Technologist to join our Aerospace Technology team.

This is a unique opportunity to join an organisation that is leading the strategic direction of the UK aerospace sector. This role will enable the successful candidate to build an in-depth knowledge of how the industry operates, enhancing their future prospects and delivering real impact for the UK industry.

As a Technologist within our team, you will be responsible for building our technical capabilities, external networks and delivering some of our mission-critical workshops.

You will work with industry, research centres and academia and you will have a hands-on role encouraging the creation of consortia that with joint external funding will deliver the research and technology programmes of the Technology Strategy for UK plc. You will develop road maps which form the critical content of the technology strategy ensuring that technology developments are linked to products, manufacturing and market opportunities.

Through your analytical work insight into some of our strategic technology areas, you will play a key role in developing technical capabilities that impact the technology strategy and influence our stakeholders, who include tier one OEMs and their supply chains, SME technology providers, research specialists and academia.

You will also play a role in the broader community of championing aerospace manufacturing, acting as an agent of transformation as we facilitate innovative ways of delivering to research and technology.

The Candidate
You will be a self-starter with great energy, a drive to deliver and a real passion for your job.

You may have demonstrated capability in one or more of the following technologies and a broad view and insight into the research and technology developments that are likely to drive the future technical evolution with regard to aircraft:
• Ultra-high-bypass-ratio gas turbine engines
• Hybrid electric propulsion systems
• All electric propulsion systems
• Zero emission propulsion system technologies
• Modelling/simulation of propulsion systems

Familiarity with technology road mapping techniques and associated tools is desirable.

You will be an engineering, physical sciences or mathematics graduate, currently or recently engaged in a technical capacity within the aerospace sector.

You will demonstrate the following personal qualities:
• Capable of organising and facilitating a group of peers
• Self-starter
• Energy and drive to deliver
• Comfortable with a high level of ambiguity
• Capable of influencing other people at all levels
• Uses personal networks to support delivery
• Clear and concise verbal and written communication abilities
• Commitment to continuing professional development

This is a role that will enable you to engage directly with a range of stakeholders and to use your communication skills and technical knowledge to influence behaviour and engender enthusiasm within your stakeholder group. The Institute is a small organisation, so you can be assured that you will be heard and that your contribution will make a difference.

You will be known amongst peers and colleagues as a facilitator, as an individual who engages teams and brings people together. You can balance your creative enthusiasm for the technical areas with reaching a conclusion about areas to pursue.

We offer a competitive reward package that will be commensurate with the capabilities of the successful candidate.

Assignment Process and Timeline
Short-listed applicants will go through a two-stage interview process with the ATI. This role is available immediately.


The Aerospace Technology Institute sits at the centre of UK aerospace research and technology.  It is responsible for the UK’s Aerospace Technology Strategy and development of a national R&T investment presently worth £3.9 billion through to 2026. It is a truly game-changing initiative. Its mission - to raise UK ambition to deliver the best technology, maximising the UK’s full economic potential.

The importance of aerospace to the UK cannot be overstated. The UK is Europe’s number one aerospace manufacturer, second globally only to the United States. The industry is a major driver of economic prosperity through leading edge technology, high-wage jobs and high-value exports. The industry is resilient and growing at over 4.5% each year.  These reasons are the basis for government investment and a coordinated effort to position the UK for success.

A small and young company charged with a big responsibility, the ATI encourages free thinking and innovation. We need individuals with drive, passion, ability to adapt and work flexibly, and who share our ambitions for the sector and UK.  Our team are collaborative, open, respectful, positive and supportive.


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