PCBA NPI Engineer

BAE Systems UK

Location: Medway

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title:PCBA NPI Engineer

Location: Rochester

We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 depending on skills and experience

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing the technical link between the Operations and Engineering function for the design of Printed Circuit Board Assemblies (PCBAs)
  • Ensuring PCBA assembly designs are taken through the Design for Manufacture life-cycle management process
  • Performing the Operations sign-off for PCBA drawings
  • Working with the Process Engineering team to create build planning to manufacture the initial prototype and qualification builds
  • Transferring the PCBA’s out of NPI and into Production once product has passed qualification
  • Being the Principle Subject Matter Expert for PCBA process to both Projects and Operations teams
  • Working with Process Owners in the identification of future PCBA technology

Your skills and experiences:


  • Degree or equivalent in an engineering discipline
  • Experience of working within a PCBA Manufacturing environment (Including: SMT, Vapour Phase/Convection Reflow, Wave Solder, Selective Solder, Manual Assembly and Conformal Coating)
  • Critically reviewing designs and application of DFM methodologies to PCBA designs
  • Planning and managing development PCBA builds demands across the different Project stakeholders
  • Creation and delivery of manufacturing instructions for build technicians
  • Root cause capability to investigate manufacturing issues that arise during development board manufacture


  • IPC-600, IPC610 and IPC-2581 Qualified
  • Working within an EN9100 / AS9145 compliant environment
  • Experience of using Circuit CAM / Fusion Analytics /ODB++
  • Knowledge of PCBA test processes


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The PCBA team:

The PCBA New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer is the Operations PCBA processing subject matter expert. You will work alongside the NPI Team and Process Engineers to support the design, development, and manufacture of PCBA’s across multiple development projects. You will take the product through the Design for Manufacture maturity stage gates and will be responsible for ensuring that the development cards can be manufactured to the Project time scales.

To support Operations technology roadmap, you will work with the production process owners to identify technologies required to meet the future requirements of the emerging future designs. Therefore, ensuring that the required processes are available to meet the cards PCBA processing needs.

As the Operations PCBA interface to the Projects, you will assess and influence Engineering’s designs using Design for Manufacture (DFM) principles to ensure that manufacturability is kept at the heart of the design, which will ensure that the cards produced can be repeatedly and consistently manufactured to the correct quality, delivery time and cost.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.”

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.


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