Software Systems Engineer

Ref No. OTH11111
Salary £28,050 - £33,000/annum
Location Bristol, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Not Specified


Are you an Engineer with a passion for the defence industry and a keen interest in working with innovative technology? We're looking for an experienced Software Systems Engineer to join our targeting system software team here at the SDA.


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The Job

Our software management team coordinate the production of software used to directly support the UK's deterrent programme. Within this, the Software Systems Engineer will be responsible for gathering and analysing high level customer requirements, decomposing them into system requirements. Through verification and validation of these requirements, they oversee software design and change management, accepting solutions on behalf of the SDA. The Software Systems Engineer is responsible for the delivery of these solutions to the Royal Navy. Customer focus and interaction is of the highest importance for us, so working effectively in our team requires a healthy balance of engineering acumen and strong people skills.

Please be aware, the successful applicant will be based at a site within 25 miles of MoD Abbeywood and the post may involve some domestic and international travel.

Please also note, the working conditions for this role are situated in an underground facility and therefore, for health and safety reasons, the successful applicant must be physically able to climb 100ft of stairs in the event of an emergency.


In this unique role, you will become intimately familiar with the operational use of the software system by various means, including short-term deployments to user sites, if agreeable. This will enable you to act as a key point of contact with the users, advising on system use and directing issues to the appropriate support. This will also allow you to assess the impact of proposed changes on the user experience.

Your key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
* Directing programme, requirement and configuration management of software systems to support the Strategic Weapons System
* Championing current and future software capabilities through established change management processes, raising and management of all proposed changes to the systems and their requirements
* Acting on behalf of customers to define functional requirements for changes to software systems
* Collaborating with industry partners to provide scrutiny and acceptance of software changes
* Monitoring and managing US and UK software interfaces

Due to security, this role is reserved for sole UK nationals only; you will be working under Government Arrangements including the Polaris Sales Agreement (PSA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), amongst others. The successful applicant will also be required to obtain DV clearance before starting in the post.

This post is on the MOD Civilian Nuclear Post Control List (PCL) and could attract the Nuclear Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA). The post being on the PCL does not mean the post holder will automatically receive the RRA however, as this is a discretionary allowance. The NSQEP RRA is a temporary allowance and, in line with MOD main and Submarine Delivery Agency policy, could be changed or withdrawn without notice.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

* Level 4 (e.g., HNC, or higher) qualification in a STEM subject, Computer Science or closely related discipline, or have demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
* Experience providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes
* An understanding, or working knowledge, of the product lifecycle (i.e., requirements development or management)

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

* Be self-motivated with the ability to work unsupervised to meet programme timescales

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

* Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
* Technical Decision Making
* Seeing the big picture
* Communicating and influencing


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