Scientific Advisor to the Managing Director


The HR Smith Group is based in Hereford and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of Aerospace Search and Rescue equipment and airborne Antennas. We are a family run business with over 50 years of experience and are dedicated to finding the perfect solution for our customers. We are currently looking to fill a key post based in Hereford. This senior post is being created to ensure that the HR Smith Group is keeping abreast of technological advances.

There are two specific areas of interest. Firstly in the field of Material Science, particularly engineering composites and materials specific to R.F applications. Secondly in the field of battery technology for use in Aerospace environments.The successful candidate will have a relevant post graduate qualification and or sufficient levels of experience. The candidate will not be Project or Product based but will advise the Managing Director on a broad technological front that will be focussed on our current and future needs.

You will be required to produce well-argued reports that summarise the strengths and weaknesses of current technologies and identify centres of excellences both in the UK and overseas with whom we could develop partnerships.You will report to and receive your taskings directly from the Managing Director and will be required to produce weekly progress reports, as well as periodic briefings to the Board of Directors and Senior Managers.Benefits:

  • Opportunity for company bonuses.
  • Cost of living reviews carried out annually by Directors.
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off (to be taken anytime in the year).
  • Long service holiday accrual scheme where you gain 1 extra holiday day per year from 5 -10 years’ service up to maximum of 26 days.
  • Life insurance Scheme – 3x annual salary.
  • Full time position.
  • Hours are based on a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm with half an hour each day for lunch. No weekend, evening or bank holiday working.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
If you want to find out more about one of Herefordshire’s largest hi-tech companies then please visit our website;

If you are interested in this role, please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:

Mr R.E.L. Smith,
Managing Director,
HR Smith Group of Companies,
Street Court Kingsland,           


Ben Reynolds, 20


An engineering apprenticeship was the obvious choice for me, after studying engineering for two years at college I felt an apprenticeship would offer me the best opportunity to make a career. As apprenticeships are so widely accepted and appreciated in industry I decided that university would not have been so beneficial long-term, as the opportunity to gain real experience is limited as well as the opportunity to earn whilst building large debts. HR Smith offer a great apprenticeship programme through HGTA and encourage you to build your own future. At HR Smith there is always something different everyday and you gain a full understanding of the processes involved in the company product design and manufacturing. You get satisfaction in understanding what the final outcome your job is for, I know I made the right choice.

Scott Bradley, 22

Electronic Test Development Engineer

I finished my electronic apprenticeship at HR Smith two years ago and now work in Research and Design. Part of my job also involves helping to look after apprentices when they are in my department.

I was fortunate enough to do my work experience at HR Smith during high school. This definitely made the idea of an apprenticeship more appealing to me, especially after finding an apprenticeship with HR Smith was an option through HWGTA.I did my apprenticeship straight from school, and I can remember how unsure I was about whether college or an apprenticeship was the right decision. Now both options are valid but I would recommend an apprenticeship, the practical experience alongside learning is a fantastic way to move from education into the working world, plus an important factor for me was avoiding the huge cost of higher education.And for anyone thinking that an apprenticeship won’t allow you to study at higher education, I am currently studying part time to obtain my HND, whilst other colleagues and ex-apprentices have completed Bachelors and Master Degrees through the company. So the higher education qualifications are still obtainable through an apprenticeship scheme, provided that you prove you’re worth it.

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