Principal Systems Engineer

Ref: ZR_6561_JOB  ·  Posted on 05 November 2021


  • Our client is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets.
  • Our client also designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic systems and software at facilities in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Our client is a technology company focused on Defence, Aerospace and Cyber & Intelligence with sites across the UK; in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • A fully owned subsidiary of a company in the US, a listed technology company, they have been in the UK, in one form or another, for more than 100 years.
  • Currently, they contribute £700 million* to the UK economy and are responsible for 10,000 jobs within the company and within the supply chain.
  • They are strongly committed to investing in the UK and are ambitious to double the size of the business in the UK in the next five years.
  • Achieving this will involve continued investment in skills and training as well as people and technology in order to ensure that everyone can share in a secure and productive future.
  • The increase in data and connectivity is growing exponentially. This brings many positives, but it also brings considerable threats, too. They work with partners in this dynamic environment to ensure they deliver the right solutions.
Key responsibilities
  • The Principal Systems Engineer, Directed Energy Weapons shall provide domain expertise and technical oversight to system development and integration teams..
  • Develop and maintain technology roadmaps, risk management plans and strategies for future growth in Direct Energy Weapons.
  • Establish relationships with key/strategic customers representing Engineering’s Technical Executive to the customer.
  • Define and participate in resolution of systemic issues that affect technical execution.
  • Provide technical interface with programme and senior leadership teams.
  • Remain informed of current and emergent Directed Energy Weapon technologies, industry developments, and programmes to maintain engineering excellence, innovation and cost reduction.
  • Perform engineering studies and analysis associated with Directed Energy Weapon systems and oversight of specifications, procedures and standards that will be applicable across all relevant programs.
  • Support Business Development with customer liaison and in the preparation of bids and proposals.
  • Provide independent assessment and guidance at Design Review and Technical Review Boards.
  • Ensure that engineering practices and procedures are maintained in accordance with relevant standards and regulations.
Skills & experience

Senior technical leadership experience, including but not limited to the following:

  • Experience of recent Directed Energy Weapon programme experience
  • In-depth technical knowledge and experience with existing and future Directed Energy Weapon systems and their capabilities.
  • Demonstrated competency for strategic thinking and leadership with strong abilities in relationship management.
  • Successfully developed and implemented Directed Energy Weapon systems in established and new environments using new and emerging technologies.
  • Extensive experience in systems engineering and guidance of multidiscipline, high-performance teams (cross-functional experience highly desirable).
  • Demonstrated competency in relating efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems.
  • Proven ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team and ability to advise programme teams and stakeholders.
  • Broad based technical background with experience in systems design and integration.

The client would also like to see some of the below, but this is not essential:

  • Previously held a Senior Engineering Leadership post.
  • Significant experience within UK/US International defence industry.
  • Endorsed CVE signatory in a relevant engineering field.
  • Chartered Engineer and member of relevant Engineering Professional Institution.
  • Must be willing and eligible to hold SC security clearance and possibly obtain DV clearance if required.
Additional benefits
  • 25 days holiday (increasing to 27 days) + statutory public holidays.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (up to 10.5% company contribution).
  • 6 times salary ‘Life Assurance’.
  • Flexible Benefits scheme.
  • Discretionary Bonus scheme.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies.
  • 37hr standard working week, with an early finish on Fridays whilst operating a ‘Hybrid Working Model’*
  • Canteen facilities are available at Harlow & Glenrothes sites. Manchester & Gloucester offer free snacks & drinks (hot & cold).
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