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Chief Engineer Software


Bristol, GB, BS16 1FJ

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:            Chief Software Engineer
Location:            Bristol, UK - Hybrid Working Arrangements 
Compensation:  Competitive + 20% Bonus, PMI, Employee Benefits
Role Type:          Full time and Permanent 
Role ID:              SF54756


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as our Chief Software Engineer at our Bristol (BTC) site.


The role
As our Chief Software Engineer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. You will support the Mission Systems Head of Software and Head of Technology Delivery in ensuring that all software produced is safe and compliant to all relevant customer, regulatory and legislative requirements.  The role will report into the Head of Software and will be responsible for the quality of delivered software and associated documentation across all Mission Systems contracts across Land, Sea, Air and Space domains.


Day to day, you’ll ensure that our software policies and processes are mature, robust, affordable and meet necessary regulatory and legislative requirements. Working with the Quality discipline to ensure these are embedded in our Quality Management System.


Other Key Duties of the Chief Software Engineer Include:
•    Understanding current and future software process requirements, ensuring that Mission Systems policies and processes are adapted accordingly
•    Overseeing the software content on Mission Systems bids and contracts, providing leadership and direction
•    Working with software delivery teams within Mission Systems to ensure that robust designs, architecture, coding, testing and documentation are produced, and that appropriate processes have been followed
•    Ensuring the quality of software delivery, identifying, and raising technical risks to senior engineering leadership
•    Subject matter expert for software development and delivery throughout the software development lifecycle, supporting delivery and bid teams with this expertise

This role is permanent and full time post, consisting of 37 weekly hours of work. The role will be based in Bristol (BTC) but with flexibility of hybrid, working from home options available too. There is a requirement to travel to Plymouth/Tewkesbury offices when needed.


Agile working may be available to employees in some instances, applying the principles of fairness and consistency whilst ensuring that the overriding business needs can be appropriately met. We are happy to consider flexible, blended working, including part-time, condensed hours, and job sharing. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Experience of the Chief Software Engineer:
•    Experienced hands on software development background in our key languages (C#/Java.), C# would be preferential 
•    Worked through SDLC
•    Supported delivery of complex systems - these include:
Launching & handling type systems for submarines, Weapon handling systems, Comms – High frequency systems/ electro/radio systems
•    Software Frameworks and Standards such as Tickit Plus, JSP 9440 and AQAP 2210
•    Led a technical team in a previous role

Qualifications for the Chief Software Engineer:
•    Degree in relevant subject – Engineering/ IT etc


The successful candidate must be able to achieve SC security clearance for this role.


Our Benefits
•    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 most 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


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock International have 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. 


If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. 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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