Principal Systems Engineer

Posting Date: 09 January 2021

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4DG

Company: Babcock

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Job Title: Principal Systems Engineer
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Salary: PC

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

Overall department direction
Defence Systems and Technology, Mission Systems, Critical Communications provides support to the MoD for various key communications and training systems in the UK and abroad.

This Principal Systems Engineer (Secure Communications) post will be primarily based in Devonport Plymouth or Ashton House Bristol.


Main purpose of role
To undertake Principal Systems Engineering (SE) activities and produce technical information in support of all Mission System – Secure Communications projects and new business opportunities across the SE lifecycle.

To deliver tasks allocated to them which will encompass the following areas of competency:
System concepts, System capability issues, Enterprise and technology environment, Determining and managing stakeholder requirements, Architectural design, Concept generation, Design for attributes, such as safety, security, ARM, etc, Functional analysis, Interface management, Maintain design integrity, Modelling and simulation, Preferred solution selection, System robustness, Systems integration, verification, and validation and Transition to operation
You will provide engineering expertise in the military communications domain and associated IT network/Infrastructure.

To support Bid/Proposal Managers for the following:
New business development supporting feasibility studies, support to competitor analysis, responding to pre-qualifying questionnaires (PQQ)/invitations to tender (ITT) and attending related internal/external meetings; Follow technical enquiries through the business acquisition process, taking responsibility for areas of expertise;To develop and write sections of proposals relating to area of expertise; Interfacing with potential sub-contractors to identify technical solutions for specific system requirements.


You will also provide Engineering management expertise and functional management of Systems Engineers, Engineers, Graduates and apprentices.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences
You will require excellent communication Skills both verbal and written as well as experience of MoD working practices and experience of System Acceptance & Installation Acceptance.

You should also have considerable knowledge of Engineering discipline. ((Electrical/ Electronic/ Mechanical/Information Systems / Communication Systems/ Engineering)


We would also like you to have the following:
• Knowledge of or experience in commissioning communications systems and shore facilities.
• Knowledge of or experience in network installation and configuration.
• Knowledge of or experience in Computer System operating systems.


Preferably a degree qualified, chartered engineer or working towards chartered status within a recognised and relevant professional body.  Alternatively the SE may hold an HNC/D or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline in concert with significant and demonstrable subject matter expertise in the system domain.


What else do I need to know?
• The successful candidate will hold, or be eligible to acquire, Security Clearance at the appropriate level for this post.
• Passport, Licences and Qualifications must be shown at interview stage.


This position is within the Technology business unit as a PC, with DRDL Terms and Conditions.
Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.

About Babcock International
For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, 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 the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.

Application Guidance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.

Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.

Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.

All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.

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.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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 check our career website for more information.


Closing Date: 10th January 2021

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