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Vacancies at PPM

PPM Power is currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Business Development Manager
  • Systems Architect
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Design Engineer
  • Graduate Radio Frequency Design Engineer

Please find more details on each of these vacancies below.  If you would like to apply, please email your CV to pippa.seager@ppm.co.uk. No speculative recruitment agencies, please.

Business Development Manager

Significant basic salary and bonus scheme + fully expensed executive car.
Office or home-based with international travel.
This is an exceptional opportunity to join our power components division, which specialises in the distribution of market-leading semiconductors, passive components, high voltage and pulse power equipment. We are looking for an entrepreneurial person who wants to use their sales talent to build upon a business which is already well established. Our customers include leading power electronics OEMS, national laboratories and defence tier ones. Whatever your background, it’s crucial that you’re flexible and proactive with the drive to succeed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Developing new and existing accounts in the UK and Northern Europe
  • Building on our excellent customer relationships and developing new ones
  • Making pricing decisions and negotiating sales
  • Being a technical authority for key products
  • Identifying new products to complement and enhance our current range.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in physics/electronic engineering or equivalent
  • Technical and design-in sales experience
  • Product knowledge in a range of areas – ideally, power semiconductors, high voltage power supplies, resistors, capacitors or magnetics.

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Systems Architect

PPM designs an innovative range of RF, microwave, and optical solutions for satellite communication, broadcast, timing, and cellular markets as well as niche RF solutions for various government agencies. The Systems Architect role will define, specify, and architect a wide range of new products, and ultimately demonstrate their compliance to user’s needs.

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, this role is to be responsible for the solution architecture of all new product developments undertaken by the engineering team for PPM Test, PPM Systems, and ViaLite. It will engage throughout the entire systems engineering lifecycle (V-model) from capturing the user need, decomposition of requirements, solution architecture, sub-assembly test, system integration test, and final acceptance. The role will include, but not be limited to:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Drafting of technical proposals
  • Research of solution viability
  • Requirements capture and database management
  • Feature specification, functional design, and interface control
  • Integrated product test and completion of factory acceptance reports.
  • Interface with University research centres to leverage research time and facilities when defining product scope

The role will have a high level of technical autonomy when defining and proposing solutions, but will also be required to work as part of a larger team when developing a final product implementation. The role will be required to provide regular updates to engineering management through weekly one-on-one and team meetings, as well as escalating issues as they arise on an ad hoc basis. The system architect will be expected to apply their holistic view of the product through attendance at, and contribution to low level design reviews.

As a small business PPM requires flexibility in the functions this role will undertake and the level of detailed design it will be asked to conduct. Secondary functions of the role could include:

  • Schematic entry and PCB layout
  • Cost estimation for special project tender responses
  • Advanced test and characterisation of existing product
  • Enhancement of internal engineering processes and supporting quality documents.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:

Essential:

  • An electronics degree or equivalent, with at least 5 years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience producing RF systems architectures, evaluating link budgets, planning heterodyne convertors, and developing statistically driven line-up analysis
  • Practical experience of characterising RF systems with unmodulated (s-parameters, noise figure, intermodulation, compression) and modulated (ACPR, EVM, BER) signals
  • Expertise with circuit simulation software (Microwave Office, ADS, Serenade, SPICE)
  • Proven ability using PCB layout tools (Orcad, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Altium, PADS)
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering lifecycle management methods, processes, and techniques; including capture, manipulation, and management of requirements
  • Knowledge of architecting embedded software systems for custom hardware solutions
  • Awareness of designing to meet regulatory requirements (air-interface, EMC, LVDS)
  • Understanding of failure modes analysis and inputs to reliability calculations
  • Applied knowledge of cellular, SatCom, and other wireless interface standards, including their data structures and signalling protocols
  • Proven experience in designing for a production environment
  • Production of high quality reports and documentation for external customers.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge or design experience in single-mode fibre optic systems
  • Experience with military VHF/UHF line-of-sight tactical radios and UHF MilSatCom
  • Experience of using 3D planar EM solvers (Axiem, Momentum, Sonnet)
  • Familiarity with a high level scripting language (LabView, TCL, Python, PERL)
  • Ability to write or interpret C/C++ code
  • Practical experience of converting signals between analogue and digital domains
  • Understanding of microcontrollers or similar system on chip integrated circuits
  • Experience designing RF and microwave circuits, and an understanding of factors affecting PCB substrate selection
  • Practical knowledge of antenna design and signal propagation principles
  • Experience specifying high selectivity filter topologies and signal conditioning structures
  • Knowledge of travelling wave tube or solid-state high power amplifiers
  • Familiarity with digital interface standards such as RS232, USB, TCP-IP, SNMP, CPRI, and the use of GPS for timing applications
  • Registered, or is in the process of registering to be a Chartered Engineer.

Mechanical Design Engineer

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and innovative Mechanical Design Engineer, who would enjoy working on a broad range of projects, in an electronic design and manufacturing team. PPM designs and manufactures a wide range of “RF over fibre” systems, which allow RF electrical signals to be transmitted over fibre optic cables. These are used in a diverse range of application including broadcast, satellite communication, test/instrumentation and military applications.

In this newly created role, reporting to the engineering manager, you will have ownership of specific projects designing mechanical components and systems which will also involve meeting with customers. You will be working on a portfolio of equipment including electronic devices and packing, external equipment cabinets and a wide range of supporting products

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • New product design/concept development
  • Production/Industrial engineering.
  • Investigation of new materials and processes.
  • Sales support.
  • Full product file cycle and documentation

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

You will need at least 3 years’ experience in:

  • SolidWorks or a similar 3D Cad design software
  • Electronic packaging and thermal analysis
  • A solid understanding of grounding, shielding and EMC
  • Packaging for indoor and outdoor use
  • Electrical Safety and wiring design work
  • Tolerance analysis

You should also have experience in at least some of the following:

  • Sheet metal work
  • Machining
  • Casting
  • Injection moulding
  • Professional customer/supplier interface
  • Sound understanding of operating under ISO9001:2008
  • Experience working with optical components
  • Experience working with power supplies
  • Experience of housings for microwave frequency circuits

Knowledge of electronics/electro mechanical design would be a significant advantage. In addition you should also enjoy working as a team and be able to add innovative and creative ideas to our Product Development Review process.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BSc/HNC mechanical engineering or associated degree

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Radio Frequency Design Engineer

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, this role offers the chance of working on a wide range of RF and Analogue designs for Radio over fibre products. As part of an agile design and development team you will have the ability to develop product concepts and see the design through to manufacture. Our working environment will allow you to directly contribute to the company’s success.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Product design from concept through to manufacture of a range of RF and analogue electronic products
  • Producing ideas for the next generation products both through innovation and as a response to customer input.
  • Liaising with Customers to understand their full application requirements

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE:

  • At least 5 years’ practical analogue and RF electronics design experience
  • Broadband RF experience greater than up to 6 GHz
  • Experience of the Sat Comm. industry
  • Radar design both systems and components
  • Digital microcontrollers and embedded design
  • Design for EMC i.e. EMC regulations etc.
  • Proven experience in a design-for-production environment

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE:

  • Knowledge or design experience in single-mode fibre optic systems
  • Design of distributed element circuits
  • LNA/Power amplifier design, micro strip, strip line design, loop F-antenna
  • Passive/active filter design,
  • TX/RX /link budget system design
  • Optic design, EMC/packaging design
  • Reliability/thermal calculations
  • S-parameter, noise figure, intermodulation, IP3, P1dB,
  • Serenade, Microwave office, ADS, Touchstone, Momentum
  • Orcad, Cadence, Mentor Graphics/Altium
  • PCB Substrate Selection – Duroid/Rogers/PTFE/Alumina etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Electronics Engineering Degree

Graduate Radio Frequency Design Engineer

Reporting to the engineering manager, this role offers the chance of working on a wide range of RF and Analogue designs for Radio over fibre products.  As part of an agile design and development team you will have the ability to develop product concepts and see the design through to manufacture.  Our working environment will allow you to directly contribute to the company’s success.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Product design from concept through to manufacture of a range of RF and analogue electronic products
  • Producing ideas for the next generation products both through innovation and as a response to customer input.
  • Liaising with Customers to understand their full application requirements

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Practical analogue and RF electronics design experience
  • Broadband RF experience greater than up to 6 GHz
  • Radar design both systems and components
  • Digital microcontrollers and embedded design
  • Design for EMC i.e. EMC regulations etc.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE

  • Knowledge or design experience in single-mode fibre optic systems
  • Design of distributed element circuits
  • LNA/Power amplifier design, micro strip, strip line design, loop  F-antenna
  • Passive/active filter design,
  • TX/RX /link budget system design
  • Optic design, EMC/packaging design
  • Reliability/thermal calculations
  • S-parameter, noise figure, intermodulation, IP3, P1dB,
  • Serenade, Microwave office, ADS, Touchstone, Momentum
  • Orcad, Cadence, Mentor Graphics/Altium
  • PCB Substrate Selection – Duroid/Rogers/PTFE/Alumina etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Electronics Engineering Degree

More Information?

Telephone +44 (0)1793 784389 or email: sales@ppm.co.uk