PMES has a growing team of approximately 300 people, working in specialist areas including Engineering, Production, Supply Chain and Finance. The team is a mix of long serving and new employees, but everyone is welcoming and supportive.
I decided to change career path from an engineering role into project management
Stuart Whittall – Project Manager
In 2005 I decided to change career path from an engineering role into project management, with lots of enthusiasm but little experience in the area. I commenced employment with Ultra Electronics PMES in February 2005 as a project Co-ordinator in the Sensors division managing small projects and supporting the project managers on larger projects. From Day 1 I was provided with a varied and challenging work load that enabled me to develop my project management skills and grow in the role.
My desire to develop within the business was identified early and through support of my managers during my time, a career development plan was agreed. This included mentoring from more experienced members of staff, internal training courses as well as recognised external qualifications to allow me to progress. With this and selected projects increasing in both value and complexity I have developed into a full project manager with PMES where I am now the customer facing project manager for a multi million pound multi year contract to one of the countries leading tier 1 defence suppliers. Even now PMES provides the opportunities for further training and career development, and through this I intend to continue to progress my career with Ultra Electronics PMES.
I knew I was looking for an environment which could give me the technical challenges
Nick Mason – Power Engineer
Having been employed for a number of years before embarking on a PhD, I knew I was looking for an environment which could give me the technical challenges I required, whilst also providing a stable and friendly place to work. From my initial contact with the company I was assured that Ultra Electronics PMES would be able to provide all of these. This was borne out from my first day here where people went out of their way to welcome me, and it did not take long before I felt I was making a worthwhile contribution to the team. Now, several years after joining I am glad to say that things have gone from strength to strength; my work being interesting and challenging, and the company also supporting me in further study. On top of this I have also made some good friends here, and feel that I am very much a part of the PMES 'family' which I look forward to being part of for many years to come.
From the day I started I have been able to utilise my degree knowledge
Ed Draycott – Development Engineer
Having graduated from University with a 2:2 in Electromechanical Engineering I worked for 5 years in a non-electrical engineering industry. I wanted to change career paths and chose to return to electrical engineering. Ultra Electronics took me on as a Graduate Engineer and from the day I started I have been able to utilise my degree knowledge and my 5 years work experience on live development projects for the company. I feel that I have integrated well and have been given support and training any time I have needed it. Ultra put a strong emphasis on successful team work and I have really enjoyed working in the atmosphere that this creates. After only one year here I have been given responsibilities within the projects I'm working on and have developed a clear career progression plan with my managers with both short and long term aims and the training that Ultra can supply to back them up.
Ultra came along and brought stability
Andy Matthews – Assembly Team Leader
I joined what was then Thorn Automation in 1979 as a craft apprentice. Over the following years there were many ups and downs, but then Ultra came along and brought stability, strength and a brand new state of the art building. We now have a strong order book with a wide variation of work from underwater sensors, rail and submarine systems.
I am now operations team leader, my personal development plan has been set and it is closely monitored, it is also supported by appropriate training courses. Since my promotion I feel that my social and life skills have improved greatly which has helped me make the operation department a great place to work.