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Senior Engine Test Engineer – Defence

  • Post Date : April 17, 2024
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Job Description

AEX Recruitment is seeking a Senior Test engineer on behalf of our client based in Millbrook, Bedford, a leading company in the field of development and testing within the automotive industry.

 As a member of our clients growing team, this role will be working on vehicle-based military tests alongside the customer to execute tests in a variety of military vehicles trials. This involves day to day project management of customer programmes that cover the breadth of testing disciplines from powertrain through climatic & component to full vehicle dynamic tests which include product qualification, involving liaison with approval authorities or end users. We validate, test and support military vehicles for UK MoD and OE manufacturers, utilising the unique facilities onsite.

The role will provide technical support to technicians and stakeholders with involvement in the whole process including price compilation, work planning, procedure/legislation research, issue of test instructions and data collection requirements, presentation of results and reporting across a wide range of projects, from smaller-scale, short-term projects to multi-year, high value programmes.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Working within a team of engineers and technicians to co-ordinate and supervise test activity, creating and updating project timing plans to ensure deadlines are met for various activities.
  • Liaison with the customer and test authorities to ensure test plans meet their specific requirements
  • Liaison with Millbrook Departments and onsite facilities used by customer i.e. Workshops, Offices, and Tracks etc.
  • Liaison with off-site test facilities to plan and organise time and resources to fulfil the requirements of each test program to maintain and develop test schedules.
  • Fully understand the customer requirements of test programs and communicate the requirements clearly to other staff.
  • Report test results and anomalies to the stakeholders in a neat and timely manner.
  • Develop/specify and continuously improve existing processes, procedures, equipment or facilities.
  • Provide off-site support when required
  • Specify data capture needs in order to meet customer requirements.
  • Develop test scenarios with customer and other departments
  • Make engineering judgements regarding the performance of the customer test vehicles and quality of test data.
  • Write test reports, report results and conclusions customers and support them in investigation work to resolve any questions
  • Develop safety cases and prepare risk assessments
  • Conduct analysis and validate data and lead investigations into sources of errors, resolve technical issues.
  • Develop test capabilities within the military vehicle subject area.
  • Design new test techniques and put forward novel solutions to existing problems.
  • Be responsible for maintaining a working environment in accordance with health and safety standards.
  • Act in accordance with the code of conduct for UTAC group staff at all times.
  • Adaptability to situations and a willingness to work beyond the job description on occasion (i.e. driving test vehicles, manual handling)




  • Vehicle testing
  • General data acquisition understanding and ability
  • Knowledge of sensor types and applications
  • Knowledge of electronics and circuitry
  • Knowledge of vehicle mechanical systems


  • Knowledge of the standards and regulations required to support the military vehicle approval process
  • Project management of various vehicle system requirement and compliance programmes
  • Comparative vehicle assessment and benchmarking
  • Experience writing system requirements for vehicles
  • Understanding of military projects
  • Vehicle network and comms systems (i.e. CAN).


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in relevant Engineering discipline
  • Chartered engineer status or working towards (preferred)
  • Full UK Drivers licence – additional categories (HGV, PSV desirable).

Core competencies:

  • Sound engineering background.
  • Willingness to learn
  • Confident when dealing directly with customers
  • Ability work well within a team
  • Proficient with MS Office
  • Solid verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Adapt at organisational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good understanding of Safety & Environmental management processes

Personal Behaviours:

  • Confident communicator and an agent for change
  • Highly motivated team player
  • Punctual and well organised with a methodical approach
  • Good communications skills with well noted documentation and work instruction.
  • Mentality to go further for the project and look for value-add situations.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated / forward thinking / right first-time attitude with the willingness to learn.
  • Able to use a zero-blame culture to improvement of self and facility.
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Problem solving mentality, an agent for change, establishing, driving, and embracing industry best practice.
  • Flexibility to support test activity both off-site and outside of normal working hours.
  • Flexibility to travel inside and outside UK as and when required. There is likely to be 30% of work completed off site within the UK.

Essential requirements:

  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check.
  • Full UK driving licence

Owing to the sensitive nature of the works involved in these specialist defence projects, candidates will be required to hold, or be able to hold, valid security clearance (SC) and in order to do so will need to be:

  • British National (residency for the last 5 years)
  • Hold a UK Passport

If you are excited about this exciting role or would like more information, please can Nicola on 01908 585656 or submit your CV for a call back!

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