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Test (Verification & Validation) Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol


Make a real impact, immediately
Mission Systems has an enviable reputation for fostering partnerships and innovation, and delivering technological advantage to an array of global customers. We have built on these strengths with the creation of an innovation hub which is at the forefront of our contribution to the Defence Digital era.  

The Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) team is built from a diverse mix of skillsets, backgrounds and experiences; highly motivated people who are driven by the prospect of working with industry leading technology in a challenging, agile and forward looking environment. You will be joining a committed and supportive bench of professionals comprising both permanent and seconded positions, TDI will adapt to bring fresh thinking to growth opportunities, develop new capabilities and put innovation at the centre of Mission Systems growth moving forward.  

We are building on our early success and growing our team to meet our ambitions and are looking to appoint a motivated and dynamic Test (Verification & Validation) Engineer to the team.

The difference the new Test (Verification & Validation) Engineer will make

You will drive our research and development efforts to realise innovation projects and prototypes across multiple domains ensuring that we deliver quality outcomes.

You will work on a wide range of communication and integration themed innovation projects ranging from embedded prototypes to GIS and the identification and exploitation of new technologies.

Who we’re looking for

You will be a self-starter with initiative and a broad range of technical skills. An enthusiastic technologist who is able to define, manage and execute the test, verification and validation of complex software and electronic hardware systems, either as an individual or as part of a team.  You thrive in an environment where requirements and priorities can change rapidly to meet the needs of our customers and where every day is a learning day; actively seeking out new knowledge, tools and technologies to help take us forward into the future.


You will have good understanding of systems engineering and should have a demonstrable portfolio of technology projects or hobbies which prove creativity. You’ll also have experience of the following:-

Required Skills:

•    Demonstrable interest in technology particularly related to autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence
•    Great communication skills enabling you to quickly build trust and rapport at all levels
•    The ability to conduct integration, verification, validation and qualification planning
•    An understanding of test frameworks, test procedures and trials scenarios
•    The ability to deploy modern test scripting, automation and reporting techniques
•    Demonstrable ability to conduct testing at system, sub-system, hardware and software levels 
•    The ability to identify and resolve incidents/defects arising from developmental test and evaluation
•    Knowledge of best practices, standards and quality guidelines for safety and/or mission critical complex system development
•    An appreciation of synthetic and model driven engineering approaches
•    Software literacy


Skills and attributes

•    Problem solving, agility & lateral thinking
•    Ability to upskill, learn new subjects & skills
•    Time management and prioritisation
•    Collaborative and interpersonal skills
•    Integrity


You will be able to demonstrate that you are a critical thinker able to be innovative in your approach and thinking and able to work at pace balancing multiple priorities concurrently.  Collaboration, adaptability and inclusion are key to the success of Mission Systems  and these will be core attributes of all TDI team members.

Interested individuals should apply with a CV, but also send us something which outlines their interest in innovation and their suitability for this role and this team.


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:

•    Flexible working 
•    Mission Systems promotes a Work Anywhere ethos.  This means the TDI team will enjoy working together in newly created Mission Systems collaboration spaces in and around Bristol. But when it’s not necessary to be physically together, Mission Systems employees choose where they work best and we give them the kit they need to work anywhere. 
•    Opportunities to develop your career
•    Autonomy to perform the role


As well as:

•    Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays 
•    Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
•    Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
•    Employee Share Scheme
•    Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
•    Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
•    If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments


Where it all fits in:

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.

The trail blazing analytics and technology applications team delivers innovative solutions to optimise how we deliver our business today and grow it for the future. Approximately 50 people with different specialities, based mainly in Devonport, Plymouth and Bristol focus on data management, information and visualisation, data science, and identifying and developing new technologies. They value curiosity, challenge the status quo, and love all things tech. Their in house developed technologies are accelerating business growth.

A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence

Other need to knows:

•    You must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Application Guidance

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.

Babcock International Group
For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within four market sectors; Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.  



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