Celestial has an exciting new opportunity for a skilled and strategic candidate looking to be a part of a new and innovative company.
Who we are
Celestial is a drone display company that has delivered beautiful, award-winning drone shows all around the world. The company includes drone pilots, amazing filmmakers, event producers and tech wizards with a passion for innovative storytelling using drone technology.
In an age of the smartphone, we are looking to encourage communities to look away from their screens and connect with the nature and beauty around them. We tell stories using the sky as a canvas and drones as their storyboard, uniting people in a shared sense of wonder.
Celestial in its infancy has delivered amazing shows for high profile clients including New Year’s Eve shows from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Melbourne New Year residency and a feature length show at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. Collaborations with Greenpeace, Manchester City and Amnesty International also feature on a stellar client list.
Within a growing team Celestial is looking to recruit talented and enthusiastic R&D Engineers.
This will be a full-time role based from our Celestial offices in Frome.
Working exclusively for Celestial, alongside the design, innovation, animation and show operations teams, your role is to scope and develop proprietary drone hardware systems, from prototype to finished product. Those systems will facilitate the innovation already articulated inside the business, but you will also have a platform to bring fresh ideas to the table to help improve our competitiveness and resilience in the drone display market.
A knowledge of all underlying drone hardware, firmware and software is essential, including but not limited to ArduPilot, PixHawk and PixHawk Cube. A strong, practical grasp of electrical engineering and all transceiver and network technologies is also essential.
Reporting to the CEO / CTO / CDO your responsibilities will involve (but are not exclusive to);
- Conducting market research and evaluating similar products and their functions
- R&D into hardware solutions; project specific and company wide
- Create detailed project development plans and specification sheets
- Create preliminary artistic drawings in the form of illustrations and storyboards of product concepts to present to the wider design team for feedback
- Overseeing the engineering of MVP product prototypes utilising 3D printing technologies
- Provide specifications for necessary workshop hardware to complete your tasks
- Develop hardware augmentation solutions to existing swarm hardware to enhance functionality
- Utilise the latest CAD technologies to refine designs and create virtual models of products
- Design and develop PCB’s that meet robust and optimal functional requirements of UAV’s
- Conduct testing of prototype products for functionality, weather resistance and longevity
As an additional enhancement to the role there may be an opportunity to train as a drone swarm pilot to allow Celestial to grow its bank of pilots crew. This training will be covered by Celestial.
There may be times in the role, where working outside of the standard hours is required in order to support the operations of the business and the events that may occur throughout the year. You may be required on occasion to work from other locations at the company’s request. Occasional international travel may be required in your role for research purposes.
Location: You will be based in Frome in Somerset and work across our two locations; the head office at Frome Business Park, Marston Trading Estate, Manor Road, Frome, BA11 4FN and the flight base in Norton St Philip
Working Hours: Full time; 37.5 hours per week
Holiday: 25 days + bank holidays
Salary: £40,000+ per annum
Start Date: As soon as possible
The company operates a pension scheme, electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme with additional benefits available as they grow.
If you are interested in applying, please send your cover letter and CV evidencing why you are a good fit for this role to email@example.com. Please title your email R&D Engineer Application.
Closing date for applications: Friday 16th December. Applicants can expect a response by Friday 13th of January, 2023.
We craft unforgettable moments through the art of storytelling in the sky.
At Celestial, we take pride in creating breathtaking 360-degree productions using cutting edge technology to bring our audiences into a new world of creativity. It’s our mission to use the power of storytelling to connect audiences in an immersive moment of suspended time and wonder.
Our filmmaking heritage allows us to capture the magic of our shows in an unrivalled cinematic style. We are a creative collective of filmmakers, event producers and tech wizards with a passion for innovative storytelling. As we continue to grow, we would like to give you the opportunity to join us.
"The cosmos is within us. We are a way for the universe to know itself"
- Carl Sagan
We reconnect people
Since the dawn of time, humanity has enjoyed a profound connection with the stars. We once looked up, using celestial bodies to navigate our world and discover our wisdom. Out of this relationship came a sense of belonging, connecting us deeply with each other and with the universe.
We create powerful stories that stir the soul and return our gazes to the sky. Celestial drone art inspires hope and has huge potential as a tool for positive change. There is purpose and integrity in our work. And where possible, let’s bring this gift to communities that can’t afford it. Let’s be a business that reconnects people through a shared sense of wonder.
"To boldly go where no man has gone before"
- Star Trek
We are pioneers
Our combination of storytelling, artistry and technical skill means we’re capable of doing this better than the rest. But to remain pioneering takes courage, humility and creativity. We can’t rest on our laurels. And being pioneering means taking risks. Sometimes we’ll get things wrong, but we’ll learn from our mistakes and get it right next time.
Because it’s technical innovation coupled with an unparalleled artistic vision that makes the impossible possible. Yes, it’s often a step into the unknown, and yes, it can feel uncomfortable at times, but it’s an adventure, and every obstacle is an opportunity in disguise. Let’s be a business that celebrates our courageous spirit.
"If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it… one step at a time"
- Marian Wright Edelman
We are responsible
For us, responsibility means being sustainable, inclusive, ethical, caring and transparent in the way we work. Responsibility places wellbeing (both planetary and human) above commercial imperative.
It’s up to us, as employees, to take responsibility and embody these qualities in the way we work with each other and with our clients. Let’s be a business that is as groundbreaking in our holistic culture as our cutting edge drone technology.
"Imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution"
- Albert Einstein
With bold, artistic imagination comes soul, spectacle and the ability to startle. Because those who can imagine – the artists and the adventurers – skip playfully on the fine line between order and chaos. They imagine the impossible, the beautiful and the unsettling, creating the world anew.
And, of course, imagination can not only create beauty and dazzling drone performances; it can solve problems or find a new path around them. Let’s be a business that promotes the power of imagination.
"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new"
- Dalai Lama
With complex and high-pressure projects, collaborating well is essential. When working with each other and our clients, this means letting others speak, listening thoroughly and remaining flexible. Good collaboration is about knowing when to stand your ground and doing so peacefully with clear reasoning.
It’s not always easy because we’re only human after all, but it’s a crucial ingredient in every successful production. Let’s be a business that seeks to understand other points of view.
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