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Assistant Chief Engineer - Communication Systems


Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:               Assistant Chief Engineer – Communication Systems 
Location:               Bristol, Plymouth, Harrogate or Cumbria + Hybrid Working 
Compensation:     Competitive Salary + Benefits
Role Type:            Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:                SF55865


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as an Assistant Chief Engineer  at one of our Mission Systems sites.


The role

As an Assistant Chief Engineer you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. Mission Systems enable our customers to deliver their mission, through our products and solutions, using intelligence and analysis and delivering critical communication services. Our aim is to be at the centre of our customers' modern digital backbone by connecting and delivering sensors, decision support, and air effectors across military and business domains.


Day to day, you’ll be acting on behalf of the Chief Engineer and working alongside programme leads, you will be providing technical leadership, independent technical oversight and subject matter expertise to the Strategic Communications engineering teams to develop new, and support in-service, Radio and Satellite Communications systems for Defence customers in the UK and overseas.


Key responsibilities and accountabilities include:


  • Providing governance and oversight of the technical work of the Strategic Communications engineering teams, to ensure that our technical output is optimally compliant to customer requirements.
  • Ensuring that the appropriate level of independent assurance is applied to the technical output, including chairing design reviews, and conducting independent review of deliverables.
  • Helping to grow the Strategic Communications business through supporting bids and business development activity and representing Babcock in external meetings related to a range of communications systems including Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) High Frequency (HF) and Satellite Communications (SATCOM).
  • Providing subject matter expertise in the areas of communication systems and network design and support
  • Ensuring technical risks and issues are being appropriately managed and mitigated.
  • Ensuring that our strategic communications solutions are safe to build, commission and operate by our suppliers, customers and end users.


This is a full-time, permanent position 37-hours per week, and can be based at various sites, including Bristol, Plymouth,  Tewkesbur, Harrogate or Cumbria. The successful candidate can work from any of the mentioned Babcock sites 1-2 days per week with hybrid working from home arrangements. 


Essential experience of the Assistant Chief Engineer

  • Significant experience and subject matter expertise in end-to-end, strategic communication systems, including the development of new solutions using a formal systems engineering approach.
  • Experience of strategic military RF communication systems, tactical military communication systems and/or military SATCOM systems is preferable.
  • Experience of overseeing the technical work of others, including reviewing designs and documentation, and authorising the release of deliverables.
  • Demonstrable experience of engineering delivery on large and/or complex engineering projects
  • Experience of delivering service-based contracts to the Ministry of Defence
  • Problem solving capability and the ability to simplify, prioritise, and resolve issues, using data as well as good judgement. 
  • Able to communicate complex concepts and technologies, clearly and digestibly, to non-specialists, from the most junior colleague to the most senior Customer.


Qualifications for the Assistant Chief Engineer

  • You will be degree educated or equivalent professional engineering qualifications and either hold Chartership status or work towards Chartership status 


Security Clearance
The successful candidate must be a sole UK national who is able to achieve and maintain Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance for this role.


Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


What we offer

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme 
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave 
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity
  • Opportunity to work with innovative technology.
  • Opportunity to work on some of the most exciting engineering projects this country has to offer.


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock  has helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 


We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header ‘Reasonable adjustments requirement’. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working – please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.




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