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TDI - Senior Software Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Make a real impact, immediately
We’re looking for someone dynamic, ambitious and eager to make an impact to become our next Senior Software Engineer.

The difference our new Mechatronic Explorer will make

Defence Systems Technology (DST) is transforming and we need you to support our key leaders in forging new paths, and leading their teams through exciting, but sometimes challenging change. You’ll be key in helping implement our ambitious people agenda throughout DST, part of the Marine Sector of Babcock International.


Babcock Defence Systems Technology (DST) has an enviable reputation for fostering partnerships and innovation, and delivering technological advantage to an array of global customers. We are building on these strengths with the creation of an innovation hub which will be at the forefront of our contribution to ensure DST remains at the forefront of defense and security innovation.  The Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) team will be 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. A dynamic bench of professionals comprising both permanent and secondee positions, TDI will adapt to bring fresh thinking to growth opportunities, develop new capabilities and put innovation at the centre of DST growth moving forward.
We have a current R&D project working to develop the mechanical, electrical and software systems to support AUV exploitation. We are looking for software engineers to join the already established team working in a fast paced, iterative design process solving a range of technical and non-technical challenges including but not limited to:

Using subsea acoustic, free space optical, and computer vision localisation to determine relative AUV position and heading, Using a 3D virtual environment to integrate all system information to act as a real time operator interface, enabling control of our system and the AUV systems, Developing a GUI to support capture & recording of test data, and performance evaluation of the system, Using a PLC to control the articulated/actuated aspects of our system and interpret sensor readings and Designing, building, and testing, electrically and hydraulically actuated mechanical subsea systems which have to operate under significant loads and in harsh environments.

Knowledge and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess experience building and testing with;
• Experience developing C# GUIs and other applications.
• Experience with Unity, or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) / Helix toolkit and C#.
• Experience with developing flight control algorithms in Simulink or C++.
• Experience with Open CV or other computer vision tools.
• Experience with IEC61131 development environments (we use Beckhoff PLCs).


Experience with Python for visualising data and experience with NEMA 0183 or other low level communications protocols and networking would also be beneficial.

You should also be strong in problem solving, agility & lateral thinking, with the ability to upskill, learn new subjects & skills. We would also like you to have good time management, prioritisation and collaborative and interpersonal skills

Successful applicants will demonstrate that they are critical thinkers able to be innovative in their approach and thinking and able to work at pace balancing multiple priorities concurrently.  Collaboration, adaptability and inclusion are key to the success of DST and these will be core attributes of all TDI team members.  


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:
• Flexible working
• Autonomy to perform the role.
• The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit.

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 Plan;
• 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:
Defence Systems Technology (DST) forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help DST to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission.  Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST employs approximately 1,500 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.
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:
• Location: Bristol
• The successful candidate 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.

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment.

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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..



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