Development Test Engineer

  • Job Reference: REQ_19773
  • Date Posted: 28 June 2024
  • Employer: Saab AB
  • Location: Fareham, Hampshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description


Saab UK is a British company that is part of Saab Group's global high-technology operations. Saab offers world-leading solutions and services in defence, aviation, space and civil security. In the UK we bring together the best of Swedish and British innovation and engineering to provide our customers with products and solutions that push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. Our mission is to help our customers to keep people and society safe.

Our Saab UK business is going through a period of rapid growth, this means that we can offer a wide range of opportunities for personal fulfilment and career growth. As part of the global entity Saab AB, Saab UK Ltd combines the innovative spirit of a start-up with the resources and expertise of a larger corporation. Across the country we have seven principle sites which focus on software engineering, underwater robotics, training services and radars. Globally we number over 22,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and we reinvest a high proportion of our earnings in internal research and development. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge - to make the world a safer place.

Saab is a company with opportunities, a company where we see diversity as an asset and where you have both considerable responsibility as well as good opportunities for advancing in your career. Additionally, Saab is a company that respects each person's needs for a rewarding life beyond work.

Role Purpose:

This is a new product testing role within the company. With a wide ranging remit to manage and execute the full lifecycle of test engineering, from definition of test-cases through development of test tools to the execution of testing and management of facilities. As such it will suit someone with a broad spread of engineering knowledge, imagination and drive.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities:

  • Analyse conformance specifications to derive test requirements

  • Plan, design and communicate test cases which validate requirements across a broad spread of electro-mechanical systems for both the development and production lifecycle phases.

  • Design test jigs, harnesses and software to allow execution of test cases including, where appropriate, automation.

  • Implement data processing/filtering software in a variety of packages to extract relevant results

  • Manage the internal test facilities (test tanks, ovens, pools, lifting equipment)

  • Liaise with external test facilities (EMC, vibration, pools, etc)

  • Execute tests in a clear, safe and controlled manner

  • Fault finding and failure analysis

  • Documentation and presentation of results and findings.

Essential Skills:

  • HNC or Degree in a relevant engineering discipline

  • Min 3 years in a test focussed role, or within test equipment development

  • Proven experience in data capture and analysis

  • Proven experience working on multi-disciplinary systems (electrical, mechanical, software)

  • Experience working within an engineering NPI environment

  • Excellent knowledge of test equipment and platforms

  • Excellent communicator: both written and verbal

  • Exposure to NPI design phases - with working to Design / Systems requirements

  • Able to generate test cases from requirements to verify / validate the designs

  • Experience of National Instruments test software platforms, able to create test software test functions within the National Instruments environment

  • Experience with control of National Instruments hardware and propriety test equipment as in control , read / write, obtain data, compute, data management

  • Hands on with electronic circuit construction / testing / diagnostics

  • Innovative and creative mindset with sound engineering principles

  • Ability to work unsupervised to tight timescales

  • Knowledge of product certification, best-practice and industry standards

  • Enthusiasm, drive and personality!

  • Create high quality test reports

  • Data capture - logging


  • Experience in the offshore and/or subsea industry

  • Experience working within a Production Test facility

  • Knowledge / experience in the creation of test executives within NI LabView / TestStand Software

  • Software programming / scripts (Python, C, C#, C++, VB, etc)

  • Specification / build / commissioning / Support of test equipment

  • Understanding of Mechanical principles, and working knowledge of applications

  • Knowledge of compliance standards and certification (CE/DNV)

  • Previous experience in a customer-facing role