Marconi job hunt

Marconi job hunt
Largest ever technical recruitment programme at Marconi; Growth in broadband communications creates vacancies for 300 engineers; “an explosion in our plans”. Richard Wilson Marconi Communications is looking for 300 engineers in its largest ever technical recruitment programme. The UK manufacturer is anticipating “explosive” growth in its broadband communications system business. Marconi’s optical fibre systems group will take on 100 hardware and software development engineers to work at sites in the UK and Italy. In addition, the firm is aiming to recruit over 180 graduate engineers in one of its largest ever graduate recruitment programmes. The GEC company, formerly known as GPT, is benefiting from the success of its broadband telecommunications systems which includes the SDH optical fibre transmission systems and the new high capacity fibre systems based on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. According to Phil Griffin, development director for photonic systems at Marconi Communications, the expansion plans are driven by the need to upgrade existing optical systems, but also to develop new spin-off products. “It is an explosion in our development plans,” Griffin told Electronics Weekly. The split in the recruitment plans are 60/40 in favour of hardware engineers. As well as specific knowledge of optoelectronic system design, the company is also looking for IC and PCB designers. Software engineers with object-orientated design skills will also be needed. The 100 engineering jobs will split half and half between Marconi’s development sites at Nottingham and Genoa in Italy. The 180 engineering graduates will be recruited over the next three months for a range of jobs across all Marconi Communications’ businesses. “We are looking for the best technologists and managers of the future,” said Tony Lewis HR manager at the company. Marconi claims that its DWDM photonic systems will offer the capacity increase operators will need to meet the growth in data services such as the Internet. Since the system was first demonstrated in October, Griffin claimed the company has been speaking with potential customers including BT and other UK operators. Following last month’s sale of the Marconi Electronics defence business, Marconi Communications now accounts for over half of GEC’s turnover.


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