Principal Actuation Controls Engineer

3 months ago
Full time role
Bristol, England, GB... more
Bristol, England, GB... more


Vertical Aerospace builds technology to revolutionize how people fly, by making air travel personal, on-demand, and carbon-free. Since its inception ...

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Job Description

Join the Actuation Systems team based in Bristol as a Principal Actuation Controls Engineer and help us to achieve our mission of pioneering electric aviation.What will you be doing?

As a Principal Actuation Controls Engineer you will be responsible for the development, integration and verification of the pylon tilt and blade pitch systems on our demonstrator & production aircraft programmes. This pivotal role involves overseeing the entire technology roadmap, encompassing both current and future developments in actuation systems.

The candidate will assume responsibility for the overall system architecture and design, orchestrating a seamless integration across diverse aircraft disciplines. This multifaceted responsibility requires a comprehensive understanding of engineering principles, control systems, and systems integration.

You will be working closely with a variety of engineering teams, both in-house and external suppliers. You will take technical responsibility for the integrated verification through component, rigs, ground and flight testing. In doing this you will deploy a multitude of engineering tools and methods and need to act as a Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE).

You will report directly into the Head of Mechanical Systems and be a key member of the Actuation Systems team, supporting the continued development of our in-house expertise, specialist knowledge and capabilities.

What would we like you to bring.

We want you to be successful in your role, in order to achieve this, you will need to have proven experience in leading the development and integration of complex electro-mechanical systems, closely interlinked with other systems, particularly within time-critical programs. You will have the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and thrive in a complex aircraft development environment, where managing multiple priorities concurrently is the norm. Experience of working in a highly regulated environment on safety critical systems is desirable.

A spectrum of technical competencies is required, including expertise in Requirement Management, Management of Technical Risk, Validation & Verification processes, and a demonstrable ability to drive software development. Ideally you will have gained this experience from either Aerospace or other highly regulated sectors ie. nuclear, robotics, medical, automotive etc.


What can you expect from us?

We're on a mission. Where others see limits, we see opportunity, and we work at pace. Working at Vertical isn't your average role but for those seeking a challenge, a flexible, supportive organisation and an incredible team; working here is an opportunity to do the best work of your career.

Our approach promotes ingenuity and courage, while our environment builds success through diligence in safety and being open in the way we work. The only way we're going to assure the next chapter of aviation history is by working as a team, relentlessly, towards our goal.  

Our benefits

Our people matter - we're not going anywhere without them. Which is why our company benefits go beyond the essentials.

  • 26 days holiday, plus bank holiday
  • 5 extra days per year to buy (or sell)
  • 5 extra days holiday when you get married or enter a civil partnership
  • Additional 4% of your salary to spend on extra benefits
  • Award-winning digital health and wellbeing service (Help@Hand)
  • Company Share Scheme - open to every Vertical employee
  • Company Pension Scheme - 5% and we match it
  • Breakfast on us, every day

We may just be the hardest job you've ever had, but we're confident it will be the most rewarding. Join the team today and help us shape the future of Advanced Air Mobility.

Disclaimer Statement

We encourage you to apply even if you may not have all the experience listed in the advert. We recognise that talent comes in various forms and we are committed to providing opportunities that create an environment of growth, diversity, and inclusion for everyone. As part of our desire to review and make our processes fair, we may ask you questions related to these aspects during the application process. For more information on how we will use your data, see our Legal section.

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