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Head Design, Performance and Requirements.

Ref no. BHN566885
Location Bristol, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Closed

Job summary

The company are a multi-national group, being No 1 in Europe for what they do! With a number of awards and recognitions, with great career progression and opportunities across the business!

Key skills required for this role

Systems Design, Systems Performance, Systems Requirements, Requirements Management, Full lifecycle, Systems Engineering, Leadership, Technical Lead


Systems Design, Systems Performance, Systems Requirements, Requirements Management, Full lifecycle, Systems Engineering, Leadership, Technical Lead

Job description

The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to lead the technical elements of Domestic New Business activity for the Sea Ceptor System, be responsible for System Performance activity, and lead the management of Requirements across several key domestic and Export programmes. The role will also offer the opportunity to lead the Systems element of the Sea Ceptor product design evolution, whilst providing technical support to both the Chief Systems Engineer and Chief Engineer.

Sea Ceptor is a very successful, innovative, high profile maritime air defence system that is in-service with the Royal Navy and export customers.


  • The Head of Sea Ceptor - Systems, will need great communication skills within the function to communicate with a multi-discipline engineering team (e.g. Electronics, mechanical, electrical, software etc…)
  • Responsible for leading the technical elements of all domestic new business activity, leading the bid work alongside a Programme Manager through to bid submission.
  • This role will require interaction with a wide variety of internal and external partners.
  • Responsibilities will include the coordination of the Sea Ceptor Project route map for Product Evolution working closely with the Chief Systems Engineer, Chief Engineer and Head of Export New Business and Delivery.
  • This element of the role will likely evolve as the Project route map evolves.
  • Requirements Manager (System and Sub-system)
  • For any new Sea Ceptor programme, this role is responsible for handling the System requirements and associated documentation and tools, and responsible for ensuring requirements are flowed down to Sub-System Design Authorities in a timely and coherent manner.
  • Responsible for Requirement Coherency both at System and sub-system level, across multiple domestic and export programmes.
  • This role will require engagement with the Systems Verification lead to ensure the verification strategy is maintained through the use of good requirements.
  • This role may require the mapping of Sea Ceptor requirements to customer requirement sets to show applicability.
  • Supervise System Performance activity. This role is responsible for the coordination of planned modelling activity, communicating with the pan project Performance Lead to deliver performance evaluations as required.
  • Support to technical queries on Sea Ceptor System Performance and behaviours.
  • This role will also offer the opportunity to support the wider Sea Ceptor Weapon Systems team, whether providing direction and insight or supporting others to meet deliverable needs.
  • Systems support to the Sea Ceptor Chief Systems Engineer (CSE), advising on system design and functionality conflicts, whilst providing the CSE with support in the product's development, technical risk areas and reporting.

Through the above-described responsibilities, this role will require task package management, as well as some line management responsibility, whether to permanent staff or offload resource.

Experience needed

Ideally qualified to degree-level or equivalent experience in a Physics or Engineering based subject, such as; Electronics, Hardware, Computer Science, Software or Systems Engineering etc.

  • System engineering background with an ability to understand hardware / software interactions.
  • Shown experience in Naval Weapon Systems.
  • Validated experience with eternal collaborator management within the defence community.
  • Understanding of Weapon System integration and operation on Naval Platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, essential to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in building cohesion in the relationships between the Systems team and various interfacing teams.
  • Evidence of an ability to manage work streams across several programmes, whilst providing clear direction and guidance to team members.
  • A candidate who has detailed understanding and validated experience of the Systems Engineering lifecycle including requirement elicitation, identifying and managing key design drivers, modification development and formal verification and certification.
  • Experience of managing technical work package delivery.
  • Ability to work proactively and flexibly, responding quickly when programme priorities change.
  • Experience in RTC & DOORS.

Desired Experience

  • Experience in the Defence / Aerospace or safety regulated environment would be advantageous.

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