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Assistant Development Engineer - Electronics

Met Police
Southwark, London
£35,844 to £40,731 plus £1,639 location allowance
Closing date
10 Nov 2021
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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.

Location: Southwark

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.

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.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, which are reviewed and progressed based on merit alone. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce that is representative of the society we serve, regardless of gender and sexual preferences, religion, or disability.

In return for your expertise, we offer a range of benefits. These includes flexible working patterns and a competitive annual leave allowance. More details of these can be found here:

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.

More details relating to UK Security Clearance can be found here:

Please click on the below link 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 by clicking APPLY below.

Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and an online application form.  Your CV and personal statement should outline why you are suitable for the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your ability to perform the role and how you meet the essential 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 10th November 2021.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.



London covers 620 square miles and is home to millions of people speaking over 300 different languages. In this most vibrant and complex of cities, this presents an ever-evolving challenge for the Met when fighting to reduce crime - and the fear of crime.

Forging close relationships, building trust and understanding the issues within London’s different communities all form part of the fundamental platform on which effective, credible policing is built.

As a result, we must continue to recruit the brightest and the best people from every background and use the full spectrum of their skills, knowledge and experience to make London safer for everybody.

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