Senior Test Engineer

Purpose of the Job:

Directly support Ceres in the development of its solid oxide technology through the execution of test plans for verification, validation and development testing. Ensure auditable data is produced in line with company quality processes. Maintain and, where appropriate, modify test equipment in conjunction with the Test Capability Team. Work closely with the Test Strategy Team and project teams to understand test objectives and ensure tests are conducted rigorously and safely to schedule. Provide leadership and guidance for other Test Engineers and support the Test Operations Team Lead with test scheduling and planning.


Recruitment Summary: 

We are a world-leader in solid oxide technology with the aim of playing a central role in the global transition to clean, affordable energy to help tackle climate change and air pollution. We are looking for a highly-motivated Engineer to join a high-performing, fast paced and expanding Test Team. As a Senior Test Engineer, you will directly support the development of the solid oxide technology through the execution of test plans for verification, validation and development testing. The role will require you to work closely with the Test Capability and Test Strategy Teams to develop robust test plans and ensure the test stands are capable. The successful candidate for this position will have a proven ability to understand and communicate complex engineering concepts and a track record of investigating and resolving challenging issues.


Recruitment Brief – Key Responsibilities:

  • Execute test plans for Ceres Solid Oxide technologies.
  • Prepare test stands and platforms for testing.
  • Installation of test pieces on test stands.
  • Develop processes to ensure auditable data is produced and recorded.
  • Review and analyse test data.
  • Produce test reports and present findings and recommendations.
  • Provide accurate timely updates to test management.
  • Lead fault finding, issue investigation and improvement projects.
  • Create work instructions, standard operating procedures and risk assessments.
  • Support the Test Operations Team Lead with test scheduling and planning. 
  • Support the Test Capability team with the design and development of test stands.
  • Support the Test Strategy team with the development of test plans.
  • Provide technical leadership to less experienced members of the team. 
  • Interface and communicate with internal and external customers and suppliers


Person Specification/Core Competencies:

This section describes the personal characteristics and behaviours that you will be required to demonstrate and fulfil to successfully deliver in the above role.

Career Experience – this section highlights the experience previously gained through undertaking and delivering various projects, key duties, achievements and knowledge



  • Minimum 4 years' post-graduate industrial experience.
  • Industrial experience ideally gained in a fuel cell/battery company, automotive, aerospace or similar industry.
  • Working knowledge of test automation software, e.g. LabView.
  • Experience of planning and carrying out testing.
  • Experience of working with hazardous gases.
  • Knowledge of heat transfer, control systems, electronics and instrumentation
  • Knowledge of chemical and thermodynamic processes, control systems and instrumentation.


Education, Training & Skills – Degree, A Levels and professional qualifications including subjects studies

  • BSc/MSc or BEng/MEng level in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or similar.


  • Chartered Engineer or on track to achieve Chartered status
  • Software coding, eg Visual Basic, Python

Strength, Talents, Abilities & Aptitudes – this section highlights the desired attributes that you will require to successfully deliver in this role

  • Ability to visualise and summarise data, perform basic sense checking, identify inconsistencies and perform basic thermodynamic calculations, e.g. efficiency, simple heat balances.
  • Ability to read and produce technical documents including mechanical drawings, electrical schematics and P&IDs.
  • Ability to plan and manage work packages.
  • Ability to produce risk assessments and other similar safety tools, e.g. HAZID, HAZOP and FMEA.
  • Sound report writing skills and the ability to communicate results and deliver presentations to colleagues and management.
  • Grasp new concepts quickly and develop a good working knowledge of Ceres Power products and their operation.
  • Delivery-focused and highly motivated, capable of handling multiple priorities and working alone as well as part of a high-performing team.

  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to drive and motivate the team.



This role will be required to work flexible hours which may include occasional weekends.


Applications from candidates who are also fluent in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese or German are welcome, as well as from those who have experience of working or living within these countries and cultures.

Applications from candidates outside the UK will be considered. However, all offers of employment will be subject to meeting UK Right to Work legislation.


Closing date for applications:    28 March 2021