Systems Engineer - Defence

Reference: VAC-414
Sector(s): Defence
Salary: £45,000 to £60,000 Per Annum
Town/City: South West
Contract Type: Permanent
Date Posted: 25/01/2017 16:15:00

Systems Engineer - Defence

We are working wiht a company that thrives on solving complex and interesting problems across the Government sector in all environments (maritime, air, land and joint, information, cyber and cognitive). Our aim is to develop the right solution with and for our clients. We do this through the application of our world leading systems engineering principles, skills and practice and integrated change management practices.


The business covers:

Systems engineering (for Capability, Systems of System and more typical SE problems)

Change Management (Programme and project management)

Through-life capability management

Operational analysis / modelling

Information / communication systems

Software development

High integrity software

Business case support

Security and Information Assurance

The variety of progressive work you’ll do in Systems Engineering – much of it in direct partnership with their clients – means you’ll quickly build up expertise in different areas. The work is always challenging and evolving, but if you’re ready to take on a challenge and learn every day, Systems Engineering is a great place to further your career.


The role


We are seeking Systems Engineering Consultants for the Defence Sector. The role will involve direct liaison with clients and you will be required to apply systems engineering principles, skills and practices.


The role provides the individual with significant development opportunities that arise through working in a growth area in an expanding team.  Additionally, there will be a need to support business development activities.


Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted.




Applicants are expected to demonstrate a range of abilities to support:

Stakeholder management to understand and interpret user aspirations, needs and requirements and maintain relationships.

Developing solutions to complex problems using SE Principles, Skills and Practice to achieve the necessary balance of performance, cost, time and risk.

Communicating complex concepts and solutions in a compelling and straightforward way, yet underpinned by a strong grasp of the detail

Influencing stakeholders and non-technical team members

Supporting the marketing and selling of advisory and implementation Systems Engineering services programmes

Plan and implement chosen solutions.

A potential for Line Management of other team members

Interact with industry to understand the current state of the art and emerging technologies which can satisfy the user requirement.


The requirements of the role




Degree qualified in an Engineering/Mathematical, Software or Scientific Discipline or have equivalent experience. A relevant higher degree and/or professional qualification, e.g. CEng, would be an advantage.

Experience of military systems, equipment and technologies.

Experience of the application of Systems or Software Engineering principles, skills and practices (in accordance with recognised frameworks and standards e.g. ISO 15288:2008).

A good understanding of the principles, guidelines and methods used in the specification and acquisition of military capability, systems and services.

Track record of effective liaison with clients and their stakeholders.

Experience of interpreting client’s requirements and capability needs. Able to collect, assess and interpret client information in order to provide consultancy advice as appropriate, using data from previous projects, industry, internal experts and published sources.

Familiarity and confidence in using Systems Engineering tools and techniques to capture, engineering and manage requirements.

Effective written and verbal communication skills, including excellent presentation and report-writing skills.

Ability to influence and communicate with all levels of stakeholder

Flexible approach to work, able to work alone or as part of a team.



Experience of Systems Engineering modelling languages such as UML, SysML, MoDAF and tools such as MooD, Enterprise Architect

Experience in a relevant consultancy environment, with a proven ability to act as a technical team member.

An understanding of whole life costs.

Experience of DOORS requirement management tool, including DXL programming.

Experience of the MS Office toolset, including Visio and Project

Experience of leading or contributing to bids and tender

Additionally, we are also looking for people with the experience and skills in developing business relationships at all levels