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This is a unique opportunity for a Junior Electronics Development Engineer, who wants to really develop and progress their engineering skills, working in an exciting engineering and science environment, offering excellent employee benefits and delivering operational technology solutions to make London safer.

The team

The Technology, Research and Innovation (TRI) team keeps the Met at the cutting-edge of tech. Its work is highly innovative and no two projects are ever the same. Some initiatives involve undertaking research with academia or exploring new off-the-shelf technologies. Others involve modifying commercially available products, or creating our own.

Delivery of our solutions involves the complete life-cycle from developing requirements with customers, producing design solutions and turning these designs into a fully functional product or system for operational use.

The role

As a Junior Electronics Development Engineer, you will be part of the Electronics System Development (ESD) team developing niche electronic solutions to unique business issues. A key attribute to being successful in the role will be an ability to work closely with Engineers from multiple disciplines. You will provide support to Electronic Development Engineers in their tasks of designing, building / prototyping, testing and evaluating electronic solutions

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 role holder may also be offered the opportunity to participate in occasional operational or field work alongside operational colleagues and officers.

You will be also be supported in working towards achieving professional engineering registration.

Additional information

  • 28 days annual leave (excluding public holidays), rising to 33 days after 5 years continuous service.
  • Contributory civil service pension scheme, where the MPS contributes 27.9% of your salary into your civil service pension.
  • Long service rewards, paid overtime available and eligible for a Blue Light Card.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities including sponsored membership to a professional body.
  • Approachable and friendly team.
  • Onsite green space with outdoor lunch/break areas for the summer months.
  • To promote physical well-being you will have full access to subsidised sports centre membership to over 3,000 UK gyms and 80 London Fitness Centres. There is also an excellent range of sporting activities on offer through the various Met Police Sports and Social Clubs.
  • Generous family leave for pregnancy, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave as well as childcare support including nursery and play scheme discounts.

Salary The starting salary is £43,227 rising to £48,456, which includes allowances totalling £2,841.

The salary is broken down as £40,386 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £45,615. Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Vetting

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.

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

How to apply

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement, and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 23:55 on 4th of June 2024.

About you

Essential criteria

Knowledge, skills and experience:

Qualifications

  • Degree in in Electronic Engineering or related engineering discipline;

Or

  • HNC/HND or ONC/OND (or the equivalent thereof) in Electronic Engineering or related engineering discipline;

We anticipate the successful applicant should be able to demonstrate the following experience either in their CV or Personal Statement

You must have experience in:

  • Recent demonstrable experience of working in a design or development environment for electronics equipment/products;
  • Proven hands-on experience building prototype designs;

And at least 3 of the following:

  • An understanding of Schematic capture and PCB design software;
  • An understanding of embedded systems including hardware and software;
  • Testing and evaluating electronic circuits or equipment;
  • Using basic test equipment PSU’s, multi-meters and oscilloscopes;
  • Product evaluation and selection against specified criteria;
  • Knowledge of PSU (Power supply unit) and Battery technologies;
  • Experience in fault finding circuits;

We’d like for you to have experience in some of the following areas:

  • Building prototype circuits on verobaords and / or PCB’s;
  • An understanding of RF technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE.
  • Involvement in the liaison with external suppliers and manufacturers;
  • Manufacture, production or support of electronic system across modern electronic disciplines;
  • Safe use of hand tools and portable power tools.
  • Competent in hand soldering surface mount components;
  • Designing electronic circuits and exposure to the miniaturization of electronic solutions;
  • Working well as part of a project team, and autonomy to complete a task;
  • Problem solving aptitude, applying personal initiative when needed;
  • Applying electronic principles and analysis of electronic circuits;

Desirable criteria

  • Membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), or a similar engineering institution;

Disability Confident Statement

The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and females.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Met has committed to making disability equality part of our everyday practice. We ensure that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you consider yourself to have access, workplace or reasonable adjustment requirements that need to be accommodated, we ask that you include this information within your application form. All matters will be treated in strict confidence and will not affect any recruitment decisions.