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Senior Development Engineer

Job Category:R&D Engineering
Location(s):Torquay (UK)
Closing Date:December 31, 2022

We are looking for a senior development engineer with a diverse skill set to join our Optics and Fibre Optic R&D team in the Fibre-Optic Manufacturing centre based in Torquay. As part of a global R&D team, you will be leading the development of a range of products focused on fibre optic amplifier sub-systems for free space optical communications, aerospace and remote sensing applications. The job will involve a range of tasks related to the design, prototype assembly and test of fibre-optic and photonics based components and sub-systems, typically covering TRL4 to TRL7.
This position requires the individual to have a well-rounded background with a broad knowledge base in fibre-optics, photonics and related technologies. Although you will be working as part of a team, you should be capable of working under your own steam – a self-starter, able to progress & lead on projects and trouble-shoot problems. The role offers a wide variety of activity, from technical involvement in initial product concepts, hardware development, customer interaction and leadership responsibilities. If you are looking for a challenging role where you will have a major input to world leading, innovative products that are marketed worldwide, this could be the job for you!


• Provide technical leadership in the design and development of high power fibre-optic amplifier subsystems and their components
• Ensure projects and programmes meet deadlines, milestones and are within budget
• Work within a multidisciplinary team that includes optical, mechanical and electronic design engineers
• Active involvement and management of prototype build & assembly – including fibre-optic splicing, mechanical / electrical assembly and opto-electronic test
• Develop and execute on test plans for functional and environmental verification of photonic components and systems, verify compliance to target specifications
• Customer interaction – Engage with customers, negotiate specifications and present results clearly and concisely for both internal and external customers
• Develop strong working links with technical and business experts across G&H
• Deliver technical reviews and produce management reports resulting from technical activities


• Knowledge and experience in optical amplifiers, fibre-optics and photonics
• Hands-on experience building and testing fibre-optic components or opto-electronic modules.
• Ability to generate proposals and manage the financial and technical aspects of development projects.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; able to engage customers technically and collaboratively. Comfortable creating and giving technical presentations.


Technical Capability
Innovation & Creativity
Delivering Results
Problem Solving
Leadership / Management skills
Drive and Determination


Degree or PhD in Engineering or Physics with Optics, Photonics or Fibre optics bias

• 3+ years relevant experience within the optics/photonics industry
• Commercial experience in the product development of fibre optics or laser products