Spectrum Engineering Graduate 2024

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Ofcom, the UK’s regulator for communications, plays a key role in the lives of people within the UK - to make communications work for everyone. Ofcom’s Spectrum Group engages at the cutting edge of emerging communications including satellites, 6G, drones, WiFi, radar and more, shaping policy on use of the radio spectrum to ensure that new wireless communication technologies can coexist with those we already rely on.  

The role

The Engineering team within Spectrum Group provides high-quality technical modelling, analysis and measurements to understand interactions across various wireless technologies and help underpin Ofcom’s policy decisions. We also represent the UK in international groups to influence the future of radio spectrum management and technology. Our skilled Engineering group consists of a wide range of technical experts from varied backgrounds and we benefit from the different perspectives they bring. Working at Ofcom offers a technical career with a wider lens across policy, economic and industrial topics and a unique opportunity to shape services we use in our everyday lives, now and into the future.

Join us and start a rewarding career in a vital and dynamic sector and develop your skills in a supportive environment. 

What you will do

As part of the Spectrum Engineering team, you will join teams of colleagues to help enable new and innovative wireless services, working with a range of stakeholders and different industries. The role is an exciting mix of modelling and exploration combined with wider engagement at policy level. Recent projects have included analysis and measurements on drone connectivity, quality of mobile phone service, indoor WiFi demand, and more. You will be working in teams that:

  • Use technical data and analysis techniques to assess the performance of wireless systems, to develop policies and to forecast future spectrum demand
  • Develop and improve our modelling of how radio waves travel in different environments to assess coexistence between different wireless technologies
  • Measure the impact of new technologies on the wireless environment to facilitate new options for spectrum sharing  
  • Carry out field and lab-based measurements to support Ofcom’s policy decisions using specialist test equipment
  • Liaise with industry and regulators both domestically and in other countries to help shape radio policy and regulations

As a graduate spectrum engineer, you will embark on a two-year scheme of varied placements, moving regularly between projects and teams within Spectrum Group to ensure you are exposed to different technologies and challenges and grow your expertise.

You will work at our London office with a rotation at our Spectrum radio laboratories near Baldock in Hertfordshire; where practical, remote working options are also available. Your personal development is important to us, and you will receive support and training as you grow in your role. 

About you 

  • Has a background in an engineering discipline, science, mathematics or similar subject
  • Is curious, and has an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Has computing, modelling, measurement or related skills and can describe complex and technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Is ambitious, passionate and lives by Ofcom’s values of Excellence, Collaboration, Agility, Respect and Empowerment
  • Must have the Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the programme without requiring sponsorship

Benefits 

Ofcom offers a flexible benefits scheme to its employees, including a pension allowance, 25 days holiday per year, private medical, life and income protection insurance and an annual health check. 

Ofcom is accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), and you will have the opportunity along with support and mentoring to start your journey towards attaining professional registration and Chartered Engineer status.  

The Application 

The application process consists of three stages:

  • Initial application
  • Blended Assessment
  • Assessment Centre (to be held in Feb-Mar 2024)

Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Here at Ofcom, our vision is to ensure people are part of an environment when they can truly strive and be themselves, therefore we aim to recruit from the widest pool of candidates possible – irrespective of social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We are an organisation that strives to be truly representative of the whole of the UK and our aim is to be an employer of choice for everyone.

We champion flexible working and so wherever possible we support flexible working patterns including job shares.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meets the minimum selection criteria of the role as outlined in the job specification, if applicants would like to be considered under this scheme. We pride ourselves on ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the application and selection process including making our process as accessible as possible. You can find more information on the scheme here. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/jobs/disability-confident-scheme

Should you require any adjustments to be made, please do contact us directly at ofcomresourcing@omnirms.com

DEADLINE 19th January 2024