Principal Systems Engineer

Ref: ZR_6953_JOB  ·  Posted on 05 May 2022


Hybrid role with the opportunity for remote working days

Our client is a leading engineering and technology consultancy

This role will involve lots of customer facing activities and site visit

The successful candidate will have experience leading enterprise scale solutions

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Our client is seeking a senior engineering lead capable of spearheading high profile client-side transformation programmes. As well as Technical & Leadership credentials, you’ll need a solid understanding of Commercial and P3M activities on major defence delivery programmes such that engineering transformation proceeds in harmony with evolution of the customer’s wider business.

Experience of successful Agile / Hybrid Agile implementation within the defence industry is a bonus!

Key responsibilities
  • Working with senior client stakeholders to understand required technical capabilities and timelines across related sets of large-scale Information Systems delivery programmes.
  • Provide a leadership role within the client-side team. Work with client-side functional leads to develop and action time bound organisational capability delivery increments.
  • Work with delivery project teams to identify opportunities to trial new ways of working. Identify lessons learned and feedback into approach.
  • Provide outward facing support into Army HQ, Defence Digital and the Army end customer. Cohere approach with transformation activities running outside of immediate client-side delivery team.
  • Identify required skills to sustain gains made. Support recruitment as necessary and inform subsequent capability delivery vehicles.
  • Support effective technical decision making as required and present clear ways ahead for stakeholders. Seek to empower others (client team members and colleagues providing client-side support).
  • Help drive improvements in the operation of key delivery programmes to become ‘architecturally led’ and to benefit from System of Systems & service thinking.
Skills & experience
  • Experience of leading Enterprise-scale solution development or assessment within a defence context. Previous experience as a Design Authority in a complex Systems Engineering environment.
  • Experience of running an Engineering Function (e.g., as Head of Engineering) and continuous improvement.
  • Practical experience of leading transformation programmes whether in industry or client side.
  • Ability to influence a diverse set of technical and non-technical stakeholders both face to face and in hybrid working scenarios.
  • Experience of being an advocate for both Engineering and change activity.
  • Knowledge of architecture methodologies, standards, frameworks and tools (preferably TOGAF/ArchiMate).
  • Experience in the application of ITIL in the MoD domain.
  • Good awareness of Safety and Security Management practices in the MoD domain.
  • Hands on experience of configuration management & baseline development through lifecycle on complex programmes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Military Communications and Information Systems.
  • Understanding of both the military customer and defence procurement.
  • Project and Programme management skills.
  • Domain relevant commercial awareness.
  • Understanding of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) (Desirable).
  • The ideal candidate will be degree qualified in a related subject or have the equivalent experience in relevant engineering, scientific or technical-based discipline.
Additional benefits
  • Flexi Leave and Flexi Time Scheme
  • Annual Holiday
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Sickness Benefit
  • Business Performance Related Bonus
  • Share Save Plan
  • Pension scheme


  • Free car parking
  • Minibus from client to the train station
  • Subsidized restaurant serving hot and cold food
  • Membership of the sports and social club for just £1 per month
  • Membership of the onsite gym/ tennis courts for only £7 a month

Note: Benefits may vary by business unit and location.

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