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Software validation team lead

  • GE Energy Connections
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/23/2017 2:13:01 PM
  • 2772219
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Energy Connections Grid Solutions
Location(s): United Kingdom ; Stafford

About Us:
GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.
GE’s worldwide HVDC Centre of Excellence in Stafford, provides complete turn-key solutions for the rapidly-growing global HVDC market. Project Management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Test Laboratories and R&D are all located in Stafford.

Role Summary:
The provision of GE HVDC Control system is critical to the success of each HVDC Contract awarded. his role has key objectives of mentoring, supporting and leading a team of software engineers in ensuring that reference and project design of world-class Control & Protection software for VSC, LCC and SVC converters is fully tested and validated within the framework of formal release control and technical risk management.

Essential Responsibilities:
• Management and coordination of a software validation engineering team and common tools to meet the project resource requirements throughout the full project delivery life cycle in conjunction with the Project Lead/s.
• “Resource Pool” management, work load tracking and recruitment activity of new engineers; generate Job Descriptions, interviewing and assessment of applicants, induction and mentoring of new team members.
• Overall coordination and planning of validation life-cycle activities within the Controls Delivery Group; researching and implementing effective test methodologies and strategy, support for projects’ overall configuration control and release management, software quality assurance and validation documentation.
• Manage and execute FST/FAT test activities. Generate test plans, specifications and reports for internal and external stakeholders. Check and approve technical documents and reports generated by others.
• Inspire the team to implement innovative ideas to improve product, processes, tools and knowledge management.
• Grow a "professional" engineering delivery, right first time culture, attitude and
approach with team.
• Play a high profile and proactive part in the development and deployment of engineering processes, working methods and best practices.

• Lead and manage the team ensuring performance standards, annual objectives, policies and procedures are met.
• Regularly manage and review performance of team members according to the GE Performance Management Cycle
• Review the software validation team skills, identify any shortfall or skill gap and ensure the
necessary training, guidance and mentoring of Engineers and Lead Engineers is in place.
• Working with the Group Lead/s and Project Lead/s, the Validation Team Lead will predict the skill requirements in the medium and long term and match it with the validation team’s development plans and succession planning.

Educational requirements
Degree Qualified (or equivalent) in an Engineering Discipline or proven experience of equivalent level.

Experience and Knowledge
Significant experience as Software Testing / Validation Engineer with conceptual understanding of full life cycle of software development.
Experience in implementing validation strategy using full-suite of modern automated techniques in real-time hardware environments of complex systems.
Proven track record of experience as engineering Team Leader or leading technical role in projects.
Proven track record of a structured approach to knowledge transfer

Technical skills
Understanding of realtime-software design targets and constraints.
Knowledge and experience in safety critical software development practices (e.g. IEC 61508, IEC 62304).
Experienced in Test Driven Design techniques (e.g. CI/Continuous Integration, Unit Testing, automated regression testing).
Knowledge and experience with realtime simulation environments (e.g. RTDS).
Requirement management; requirement capture, RQM tools, tracability and the V-model of development.
Change control and issues tracking (e.g. CCB, Jira).
Release management; release testing and reporting

Personal skills
Strong advocate of best engineering practices and adherence to company values
Sense of urgency and delivery
Ability to coordinate a team
Project management skills
Sound level of communication skills
Right first time culture & attitude

Desired Characteristics:
Knowledge and experience in Agile development practices (e.g. Scrum)
Project management qualification (e.g. Prince2)
Static analysis (e.g. Klocwork, SonarQube)
Knowledge of HVDC
Knowledge of Power Electronics control system design
Model-Based Design techniques (Matlab-Simulink)

Locations: United Kingdom ; Stafford

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
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