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Head Of Tech & Engineering at KETS Quantum Security Ltd

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  • Bristol
  • fulltime
  • -

  • Role overview

    We are currently looking for a Head of Tech & Engineering to join our expanding Tech & Engineering team. 

    What we do

    At KETS Quantum Security we are combining the power of quantum technologies with the scalability and practicality of integrated photonics to fix some of the biggest security problems facing some of the largest organisations on the planet.

    Working at KETS

    Our values are focused on always adapting to a changing landscape, trusting ourselves and each other, connecting together, continuous development and security. In a fast-moving industry, we are expected to adapt quickly but these values act as a compass to ensure that our people are always central to our culture. 

    At KETS, everyone has regular individual, team and all hands catch up and career development sessions to make sure that they are doing okay, to connect them with their team goals and so that everyone knows what development opportunities are available to them. We also make sure that everyone has the right tools and resources to do their role from IT equipment to stand up desks and sunlight lamps. 

    We trust each other to be in the right place, at the right time and to do the right thing which means that everyone can balance their work and home commitments in a way that works best for them. 

    We have a host of benefits like flexible working from day one, a great pension scheme, share options, enhanced family leave and sickness leave, 28 days holiday and more. 

    What we’re looking for

    The Head of Tech & Engineering is a new role within KETS and demonstrates our commitment to providing strong support and mentoring to our Tech & Engineering team. The main focus of the role will be to convert the strategic vision for the Tech and Engineering team into every day, operational steps designed to make that strategic vision a reality. 

    The Head of Tech & Engineering will be responsible for supporting and leading the Tech and Engineering team, facilitating the development of new products through various stages of their lifecycle, improving company policies and standards, with responsibility for ensuring that design requirements and timescales are met.

    You will play an integral part in our team and your main responsibilities will be to:  

    • Take responsibility for all people management and project management of a multidisciplinary Tech and Engineering team 

    • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with, and encourage collaborative working across: Tech and Engineering, Applications, Commercial and Operations, to ensure a holistic platform approach across the wider business 

    • Developing and implementing New Product Development (NPD) processes within the engineering team along with other business functions

    • Conduct regular 1:1s and set Goals for the team, ensuring that they are aligned to the KETS strategic goals and reflect individual personal development, monitoring performance and morale to swiftly and effectively manage any issues raised

    • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with the CTO to understand and define requirements to cascade these to the Tech and Engineering team 

    • Work closely with the CTO to create process and lead improvement of Tech and Engineering related activities from design through to release and beyond, to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget

    • Provide support to and a point of escalation for the Tech and Engineering team when undertaking tasks 

    • Developing procedures and drive continuous improvements of process to ensure that quality standards are met and consistent

    • Create, monitor and optimise budgets across projects and products

    • Willingly support technical development as/when required in order to achieve deliverables

    • Contributing to recruitment activities

    The experience you’ll need 

    To be successful in this role you will need the following: 

    • Experience of successfully building, coaching and mentoring highly skilled multi-disciplinary engineering teams

    • Proven experience within a senior technical delivery/engineering/production role, ideally within one or more of the following: optical communications, photonics, electronics, software engineering

    • Extensive experience in R&D and Engineering, ideally bringing products through R+D to market

    • Experience of product development methods and enjoy working openly, collaboratively and as part of a fast-paced multidisciplinary team 

    • Strong project control and management experience (risks, issues, resourcing, reporting) and define timelines on key priorities and facilitate discussion relevant stakeholders on ongoing actions 

    KETS skills & values

    Our values are important as they help to guide our actions to ensure that we’re always working in a way that reflects our unique culture.

    Each of our values is underpinned by skills that are important to develop if we are going to progress at KETS either through developing our role to its fullest potential or moving to future roles within the business.

    The Head of Engineering is expected to exhibit all of the KETS skills without support, have the ability to support others to develop the skills and also have the ability to embed these skills within the business from an Operational perspective.

    • Trust - We trust each other to be in the right place, at the right time and to do the right thing

    • Connect - We connect with each other to provide knowledge, support and guidance where it’s required

    • Adapt: We adapt the way we operate to best suit the circumstances

    • Secure: We understand the importance of analysing risks and making the right judgements to secure the future of KETS

    • Develop: We develop our approach through learning from our experiences and try-adapt-try again until we get it right

    How to apply 

    We operate a rolling recruitment process which means that we will close the role once it is filled so we would advise you to complete an application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. 

    We are able to offer a range of working arrangements for this role so please specify what you are looking for within your application. Due to the fact that some of the work of the team is lab based, you will be required to work from our Bristol office when necessary. 

    If you require any reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or you would like to speak to a member of the KETS team before applying then just drop us an email at – we’d love to hear from you. 

    To enable us to build a world-leading quantum security business, KETS are proud to be Tier 2 visa sponsors. If you require visa sponsorship to work in the UK, please make sure that you include this within your online application.

    NO AGENCIES PLEASE – we prefer to fill our roles without the help of recruitment agencies, thank you for respecting this. 

    Contract type



    -£55,000 - £65,000

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