8 great reasons to work for Ultra Precision Control Systems

Ultra Precision Control Systems has just announced a £2 million investment in its long-standing Gloucestershire base and a recruitment drive – but, just in case that is not enough, here are eight more reasons to work for the advanced engineering global success story...

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Ultra Precision Control Systems was founded in Cheltenham in 1925 and is a world-leading advanced engineering and manufacturing firm.
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Ultra Precision Control Systems

Ultra Precision Control Systems in Cheltenham can trace its roots in Gloucestershire back to 1925 when it made domestic radios, before switching to aircraft parts for the RAF during World War II and becoming part of legendary county engineering name Dowty from 1977 to 1992. Today, the independent FTSE 250 firm is still at the same Arle Court base, part of Ultra Electronics Group, a world-leading manufacturer of products for the aerospace and military sectors, and it has just invested £2 million in its Gloucestershire operations – where it already employs 300 staff.

The list of reasons to work at Ultra Precision Control Systems could have been as long as its many achievements, but SoGlos has picked out eight we think help show off the world-leading firm, which remains focused on the very best for its staff.

Help make the world a safer place

If you work for Ultra Precision Control Systems you become part of a business with ‘a mission to make the world safer’. Part of Ultra Group, the business delivers the very best, most reliable engineering solutions for sectors including aerospace and defence, maritime. And in Cheltenham, Ultra PCS is creating technologies and capabilities at the cutting edge of innovation for aerospace, military vehicle and soldier applications. Each of those customers depends on Ultra.

Flexible working

Ultra prides itself on a business model which cultivates and delivers a dynamic, inspiring, inclusive team for the purpose of solving complex problems, and to do this it has also developed flexible working to suit its individual staff member’s needs, to allow its workforce to get the most out of their time at work, and their life outside.

Competitive salary and bonuses

Of course, as well as a fulfilling job where the door is always open to ideas and opportunities to train and develop your career, a competitive annual salary is a major factor. Ultra promises that as well as an annual salary review and a bonus scheme too to make sure its staff are rewarded for their work.

Benefit your community

Members of the Ultra PCS CSR committee at the Neonatal Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital to support the Scoo-B-Doo Charity, which supports the care of sick and premature babies.

Each staff member gets two paid charitable giving days per year to take as they please doing good things within their communities for good causes. Staff from the firm's corporate social responsibility committee recently delivered a cheque for £5,000 to Gloucestershire charity Scoo-B-Doo, which supports sick and premature babies at Gloucester Royal Hospital. It was part of £10,000 staff raised through 2021 for its chosen charity of the year.

Discounts at hundreds of High Street shops

Staff at the advanced engineering firm based at Arle Court also enjoy a reward hub with discounts at hundreds of High Street shops and supermarkets. Including the opportunity to nominate colleagues against our values for their achievements and hard work.

Free parking

Car drivers only have to visit the petrol station to fill up their vehicles to get a stark reminded of just how much the cost of motoring can hit their wallets. The last thing they want is to also pay for parking when they arrive at work. If you work at Ultra PCS Arle Court site in Cheltenham you can drive to work knowing that your onsite parking will be free of charge.

Inclusivity and diversity

Ultra has taken the call to inclusivity in the workplace as seriously as it takes everything else it does and applied the same attention to detail. It believes ‘feeling like you belong somewhere doesn't come from grand outward gestures. It stems from making changes every day. And so, this has been our approach’. It believes the diversity of its workforce is key to its success. According to the firm the best decisions are made in teams that are diverse, feel free to challenge and whose input is really valued. Ultra’s mantra is ‘uniquely Ultra – be you – be open – be Ultra’.

Even more benefits

Not everyone thinks their salary should be paid in the same way as their colleagues, and they might have different ideas on how to use their holidays and time off. Ultra staff have what the firm calls a flexible benefits package, which works through salary sacrifice with the option to buy medical plans, holiday, and will writing for example. The benefits are tax and National Insurance efficient as the deductions are made out of gross pay.



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