Product AssuranceManager

Company Details

end-to-end space mobility.

Oxford Space Systems develops innovative deployable antennasfor space, and it is looking for an experiencedProduct Assurance (PA)Managerto ensure our projects meet their objectives in a safe and reliable way, by methodically identifying all possible adverse outcomes, then assist Engineering Teams to identify and execute strategies to prevent thoseadverse outcomes from taking place.

As a secondary objective for this role, the Product Assurance Manager will also support Quality Assurance by planning and running internal audits, compiling reports with findings, and implementing arising actions and improvements.

Summary of Main Activities/ Key Responsibilities

Responsible for delivering Product Assurance function across multiple projects:

  • Participate in design reviews and chair PA boards and reviews, e.g. NRB, ARR, MRR, TRR
  • Manage project non-conformances from start to finish and produce Non-Conformance Reports–including root cause analysis
  • Perform or approve all project inspections (incoming inspection, KIPs, MIPs, final inspections)
  • Materials, parts and components (including EEEcomponents)and process selection against PA and technical requirements.
  • Write project PA documentation, e.g.PA plan,CIDL,Declared parts/materials/processes/procedures lists, RFW, RFD, CoC, etc.
  • Undertake project configuration activities
  • Main point of contact with customer PA function –attend & support customer project meetings
  • Ensure project deliverables are in line with project PA plan
  • Advise & support project team in best PA practice-monitor and ensure project team adherence to quality processes Quality


  • Internal audits –plan, perform, report, implement improvements
  • Continuous improvement of the QMS
  • Collect, evaluate,and disseminate quality-related information for the prevention of problems.

Support to other business functions:

  • Provide PA monitoring and support of MAIT activities -observe on-site activities, including manufacturing, testing, etc.
  • Support the creation of MAIT procedures, manufacturing plans & qualification plans.ReviewexistingMAIT processes to ensure they meet required standards.
  • Where appropriate, provide training related to Product Assurance methods and procedures
  • Supply chain development via supplier audits and other inspection activities
  • Support Business development team with required PA input for bids.
  • To complete any other tasks as commensurate with the level and nature of the post as delegated by the (line manager or management team).

Required Qualifications, Skills & Experience Essential


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree-level in relevant subject or HNC minimum with relevant experience -A minimum of 3 years’ experience in Product Assurance and/or Quality Assurance, preferably in the Space domain.
  • Internal auditor experienceand familiarity with ISO 9001.-Experience with parts, components materials and processes selection & qualification for space applications

Technical Skills

  • Root cause analysis
  • Knowledge and understanding of ECSS (or equivalent) and lean commercial PA / QA approaches
  • Knowledge of configuration/document managementand change control
  • Good understanding of mechanical, thermal and radiation tolerance properties of materials and their practical implementation
  • Demonstrate a common sense/pragmatic and logical approach to problem solving
  • Ability to find simple solutions to complex problems.-Excellent use of Windows 10 and MS Office, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel.-Excellent technical English written/verbal communication and presentation skills-Comfortable working with and adapting to new IT systems and software


  • Experience of working within multi-disciplined team.
  • An excellent team player, but equally comfortable working independently.
  • Good interpersonal skills. Ability to influence and build effective relationships at all levels of the business.
  • Seeks to understand and pro-actively support colleagues, with a willingness to learn and share knowledge with other members of the team.

Personal skills

  • Self-starter, responsive, acts as soon as issues get identified.
  • Proactive and energetic approach
  • Actively involved with project activities.
  • Takes ownership of a problem from start to finish, ensuring tasks are completed in a timely manner. –
  • Good judgement to make sound decisions within the role’s parameters.-A practical and positive attitude to new and challenging situations.
  • Produces outputs of good quality, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work within defined timescales to meet programme milestones.
  • Ability to work on several projects/tasksat any one timeand prioritise according to business needs.
  • Ability to be flexible in working hours to meet schedules. (i.e., the occasional long day/weekends)


  • Experience delivering projects against ECSS & MIL standards-Hands-on practical experience in mechanicalor RFengineering fields-Advanced knowledge of MS Excel (functions, pivot tables, macros, conditional formatting, charts, etc.)
  • Experience with MS Visio.

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