Date posted: 28 Jul 2022

Chelton are looking for a Ground Support Engineer to develop a support solution for Main and Forward Operating Bases, as part of a major Electronic Warfare Training Programme.

The primary function of this role will be to specify custom and COTS equipment and training as part of the delivery of a Ground Support Handling and Test Solution for Airborne Podded Systems. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary engineering team, ILS and supply chain.

This is a permanent opportunity, based at our offices in Marlow, SL7. 


  • Review ground handling requirements (including decomposition of requirements) from use cases and high-level requirements to derive equipment level technical specifications
  • Review legacy and existing in-service ground handling systems
  • Work with mechanical engineering to deliver detailed engineering drawings for ground-handling and transport solutions for main and forward operating bases.
  • Supplier engagement; identify cost effective COTS and custom solutions
  •  Scope and specify test equipment to support calibration and BITE for various types of airborne podded equipment with test engineers
  • Develop training needs analysis (in partnership with ILS)
  • Develop training documentation for ground support equipment (GSE).
  • Liaise with NATO customer to review acceptability of the GSE solution and training plan 
  • Provide support to project managers 
  • Contribute to risk assessments in support of safety health and environment (SHE) considerations.
  • Lead assessments to determine compatibility of the solution to applicable standards and provide inputs to ILS to support reliability and spares considerations.
  • Contribute to programme risk assessments and risk mitigation planning

Qualifications and Experience

  • Good communication skills and demonstrable experience working with a multi-disciplinary engineering team
  • Systems Engineering experience across lifecycle (from requirements capture to design, verification and production), including support to design reviews and test readiness reviews.
  • Experience of writing equipment acceptance procedures and where appropriate test procedures, as well as overseeing tests and associated reporting.
  • Ability to interface with customers and stakeholders.

It would be advantageous if you had:

  • Experience in aircraft maintenance/repair environment, avionics, design of ground support equipment or ground handling training.
  • Appreciation of Human Factors and Ergonomics for design of ground support equipment.
  •  Appreciation of ILS aspects; maintainability, reliability and availability.
  • Awareness of training needs analysis, training plans and delivery of training.
  • Experience in Electronic Warfare domain would be a distinct advantage


  • Competitive salary.
  • Discretionary bonus.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays, with the opportunity to buy and sell leave.
  • Hybrid working; three days on site.
  • Pension contribution matched up to 8%.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Flexible benefits scheme.

About Chelton

Chelton is a global leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of advanced aerospace and defence systems for platforms operating in the air, on land and at sea. With a portfolio spanning Antennas, Avionics and Land, we’ve been securing success in demanding environments since 1947 – one of the longest tenures in the aerospace and defence industry.

From aerospace and defence communications through to navigation and electronic warfare, everything we do is driven by the people behind the products. Our top-level talent combines ground breaking technical capabilities with a matched drive and persistence to offer our customers a competitive edge with exciting new technology.

If you’re looking to leave your mark on the world, why not choose the exhilarating world of aerospace and defence and better yet, join Chelton for your chance to innovate, create and excite.