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Software Technical Lead (SDA)

Ref no. BHN569975
Location Weymouth, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Open

Job summary

We are seeking a highly experienced and enthusiastic Senior Engineer (Software SDA) to assume the role of Design Authority and lead a dynamic team.

Key skills required for this role

Software engineer, SDA, Sonar, Radar, C++, Linux, Hardware, Team Lead, technical lead


UK Nationality and eligibility for UK Security Clearance at SC level are required.

Job description

In this position, you will oversee requirements analysis, software design and development, system/software engineering, acceptance, technical governance, and mentorship within the design team. The primary focus will be on the in-board aspects of Sonar processing and display software, along with sensor data acquisition sub-systems, and broader submarine combat systems development. There is also potential for expansion into related domains in the future.


  • Lead software design, development, and review processes for various Sonar-related systems, ranging from small embedded single processors to multi-processor networked systems, from concept to final product.
  • Collaborate with software, systems, hardware, firmware, and mechanical engineers to devise multi-discipline solutions, including defining software-hardware and software-firmware interfaces.
  • Oversee design activities at equipment, system, and software levels, ensuring the implementation of rigorous test procedures.
  • Ensure technical requirements are met throughout all design phases, integration, and leading to customer acceptance.
  • Exercise technical governance over one or multiple projects by serving as Design Authority or independent reviewer as necessary.
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Software lead as required, providing additional support on projects, bids, and product development activities.
  • Offer technical guidance on the suitability of engineering software design solutions.
  • Collaborate with Project Managers and other Design Authorities to resolve technical, project, or resource issues.
  • Provide software mentoring across project personnel.
  • Support research and development efforts within the company to enhance engineering quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Sonar systems and software development, with a strong understanding of Sonar signal processing.
  • Proven track record of delivering complex system design, implementation, test, and integration in the underwater domain.
  • In-depth understanding and experience in software design and development.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Proficiency in C++/C# with a background in UML modelling using Enterprise Architect.
  • Ability to assess, mitigate, and manage engineering risks across assigned project(s).
  • Prior experience in developing Naval combat systems equipment using open architecture is desirable.
  • Familiarity with both waterfall and agile software development methodologies.
  • Capability to articulate complex ideas to various stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multi-site team environment.
  • Familiarity with engineering program and system modelling (UML, Enterprise Architect, SysML).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for regular interaction with internal and external stakeholders, customers, and suppliers.
  • Ability to manage, motivate, and develop engineering employees to ensure timely fulfillment of roles and meeting quality standards.

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