Jobs in Rochester, United Kingdom

London’s Gatekeeper

Rochester is situated just 30 miles east of London, in a marshy low-lying area near the confluence of the Thames and Medway rivers. It was recognised as a Cathedral City in 1211 and retained this status until 1998. In that year it joined together with Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and several outlying villages to form a unitary urban area, the Medway Towns, administered by the new Medway Urban Authority.

The Rochester Bridge crosses the Medway River at its lowest point, connecting Rochester to Strood and thence to London. The first bridge was a wooden structure dating from Roman times. It was followed by a medieval stone bridge and then by a Victorian cast iron structure which is still used today. In the early medieval period, Rochester Castle was constructed to guard the waterway; Rochester Cathedral also dates from that time. In the 16th century, the Royal Navy began to moor large warships in Gillingham waters and established a refitting dockyard in Chatham and a provisioning depot in Rochester. The Chatham Dockyard subsequently became a major shipbuilding centre, employing thousands of workers and building more than 500 ships for the Royal Navy before its closure in 1984.

During the Industrial Revolution, Rochester experienced a boom in manufacturing. Aveling and Porter developed and produced agricultural steam engines and steamrollers there from 1862 to 1938.  The Short Brothers, a pioneer in the aviation industry, opened a seaplane factory on the Medway River near Rochester in 1915. The factory expanded into production of flying boats for military use during the war years, but it was heavily damaged by German bombs, and in 1948, all production activities were relocated from Rochester to a sister company in Belfast. When the Chatham dockyards closed, many jobs were lost and large numbers of British military personnel who had been stationed there to man the dockyard’s defences left the area. Only The Regimental Headquarters of the Corps of Royal Engineers and the Royal School of Military Engineering remained in Chatham. The unemployment rate soared, and local shops and services lost much of their business. Chatham and Gillingham fell into economic decline and many parts of the Medway area became derelict.

21st Century Transformations

Today, even though some derelict areas still remain, the situation has been largely turned around, thanks to the success of the following initiatives. (1) In 1985 the first office building opened in Medway City Estate on land acquired in Rochester for development of a business park. The Estate has now expanded to include several retail and residential complexes in Rochester and Strood, as well as working space for over 600 small businesses. (2) Tourism has been successfully promoted as a growth industry. A portion of the vacant docks has been restored as the Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Here, tourists can see restored Georgian and Victorian docks and buildings, an anchor wharf and ropery, and three historic warships. Rochester’s historic centre features a number of medieval landmarks, and several sites that commemorate Charles Dickens, who resided nearby for much of his adult life. (3) Improved rail and motorway links to London and provision of attractive new housing at affordable prices have turned Medway into a bedroom community for London. Medway’s rural character and rundown conditions initially discouraged commuters from settling there, but waterfront conversions and new housing developments are attracting first-time buyers from the city. Also, formerly unemployed Medway residents are now going in to London to work.

Rochester offers Georgian and Victorian terrace homes at affordable prices which are competitive with modern housing in neighbouring towns. Its High Street is dotted with independent shops and cafes, and there are plenty of scenic, leafy side streets that are ideal for wandering. Local options for leisure pursuits include seven game and entertainment centres; the Medway Little Theatre; three outdoor venues for nature walks, and a number of bars and pubs. The Medway Council owns and manages Capstone Farm Country Park, which occupies 114 hectares of converted farmland in Gillingham. Ancient woodlands, green meadows, cycling paths, a lake for fishing, a horse riding trail, picnicking and play areas, and a field for kite flying can be found there. Kayaking, canoeing and other water sports are also available nearby.

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Senior Systems Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Senior Systems Engineer – Display Products Would you like to work as part of an integrated project team developing world-leading augmented reality and see-through display systems? We currently have a vacancy for ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Senior Technical Representative new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Senior Technical Representative Would you like the opportunity to work on military and commercial platforms within BAE Electronic Systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Technical Representative to join ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Test Technician new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Test Technician BAE Systems Rochester is entering an area of unprecedented growth and we are looking for experienced and talented Test Technicians to join us to support the development of a wide range of state-of-the ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Senior / Principal EMC Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Would you like to join one of BAE Systems’ fastest growing teams? We currently have a vacancy for an Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineer to join at either Senior or Principal level at our site in ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Hardware Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Hardware Engineer Would you like to be working on the latest technology within commercial and military platforms? An amazing opportunity exists to join our highly talented engineering team at our Rochester site in ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
BAE Systems
Software Quality Assurance Engineer Would you like to an exciting opportunity to join our Development Quality Assurance Department? We currently have a vacancy for a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at our site in ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
BAE Systems
Manufacturing, Production and Quality Engineer (Electronics) Would you like the opportunity to work in a challenging role that combines Manufacturing, Production and Quality engineering responsibilities, QPM ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Electrical Tendering Engineer new Add to Favorites
Siemens
The future of the UK’s Energy is in our hands. Join us and make it your job to see our ideas come to life.How do you shape the future through Engineering? We’re looking for the makers of tomorrow –the ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Engineering Project Manager new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Engineering Project Manager Would you like to be in a key role which contributes to the successful delivery of various projects whilst utilising the newest defence technology on the market? As an Engineering ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 12th June
Lead Hardware Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Lead Hardware Engineer As a Lead Hardware Engineer you will be part of the technical leadership of a dedicated expert team responsible for the design lifecycle of our electronic solutions for cutting-edge products ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Software Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Software Engineer BAE Systems Rochester is entering an area of unprecedented growth and we are looking for Software Engineers to join us to support the development of embedded software across a wide range of state of ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 12th June
Head of Communications new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Head of Communications Would you like have a challenging role with influence in both the PLC and INC business? We currently have a vacancy for a Head of Communications at our site in Rochester. As a Head of ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Hardware FPGA Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Hardware FPGA Engineer As a Hardware FPGA Engineer, you will be a member of a dedicated expert team responsible for the design and verification of Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Senior Hardware FPGA Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Senior Hardware FPGA Engineer As a Senior Hardware FPGA Engineer, you will be a member of a dedicated expert team responsible for the design and verification of Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs) and Field Programmable ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Releasing Officer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Releasing Officer We currently have a vacancy for a Releasing Officer at our site in Rochester. As a Releasing Officer, you will be working as part of a small flexible team with responsibility for planning and ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Production Technician with outstanding Wiring / Soldering Are you an enthusiastic and talented Production Technician with outstanding Wiring / Soldering skills? Are you looking to join a company that is world leading ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
BAE Systems
Senior/Principal Hardware Engineer As a Senior / Principal Hardware Engineer you will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team to formulate and optimise innovative hardware engineering solutions, for products ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Hardware Team Leader new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Hardware Team Leader As a Hardware Team Leader, you will lead a team of highly skilled and experienced hardware engineers responsible for the design lifecycle of our electronic solutions for cutting-edge products such ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
Senior Application Engineer new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
Senior Application Engineer We have a technical opportunity for a Senior Application Engineer to join one of our dynamic teams that supplies, installs, tunes and tests hybrid-electric and full electric drive systems ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June
IT Support Analyst new Add to Favorites
BAE Systems
1st / 2nd Line IT Support Would you like to be part of a busy and diverse role? We currently have a vacancy for an 1st / 2nd It Support Analyst at our site in Rochester, Kent UK. As an 1st / 2nd Line IT Support ...
job from Cleverism, originally posted on 16th June