Software Solutions Engineer

Posting Date: 11 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL2 2BG

Company: Babcock

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Software Solutions Engineer
Location: Devonport,

Plymouth or Ashchurch, Tewkesbury. 
About the role


Here at Babcock in our Mission Systems area we have established a Solutions team in response to customer demand for bespoke and custom technical solutions, typically falling outside more common business delivery activities. These development activities range from novel interface solutions, right up to full development of computer and network systems in domains such as:
• Command & Control and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
• Situational Awareness
• Vehicle Internal Communications Networks / Control Systems


This growing Solutions team is recruiting for a Software Solutions Engineer with strong experience in Software Development, Computer Engineering and networks, to deliver novel solutions to our expanding current and prospective customer base. Reporting to the Information Systems Solutions Manager, you will be responsible for the delivery of software development tasks in support of our product portfolio.
Primary tasks will include the development of bespoke interfaces to external systems, data proxies and simulation systems that will be used to present high-quality live demonstrations to our customers. You will be expected to take ownership of projects – planning, developing and presenting proof of concept solutions to customers with support from the wider team as required. This is an excellent opportunity for a confident, skilled and experienced Software Engineer with TCP/IP software development expertise to move into a key role in a high-profile customer delivery-focussed team.


What do I need to do the role?
You will have experience in some or all of the following areas:
• Sound fundamental knowledge of object-oriented software development techniques using Microsoft .Net Framework and Java technologies.
• Working knowledge of TCP/IP networking including development for data exchange and transmission.
• Development of systems utilising technologies such as HTTP REST, XML, JSON; Databases such as SQLite, PostgreSQL. Familiar with connecting to systems using existing APIs.
• Experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Sound fundamental knowledge of IP Network and System architecture design, Database architectures, Active Directory, Group Policy, Virtualisation technologies and Serial Communications is also highly desirable.
• Hardware integration and configuration – for example integration of communications hardware (modems, radio receivers, cryptographic equipment), Proposing IT hardware such as servers, workstations, storage. A knowledge and understanding of defence and government communications networks would be advantageous but not essential.
• Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering, fundamentals of RF, signals test and measurement. RF hardware (signal generation, spectral analysis).

You will also have:
• A positive “can-do” attitude – this role is about timely delivery of solutions, not just about identifying problems!
• A willingness to think outside of the box and propose innovative solutions based on new technologies.
• A confident ability to lead small delivery teams in addressing and presenting to customers and colleagues, but also the self-motivation to work independently where required.
• A drive to deliver results on time, meeting cost and quality targets, taking ownership of problems / issues whilst working diligently towards a resolution.
• A relevant Engineering or IT qualification such as a degree, foundation degree or HND.
• Chartered or Incorporated status with a Professional Body such as The IET or British Computing Society. Alternatively, Membership and evidence of working towards Chartered or Incorporated status.

Due to the sensitive nature of some of our existing and target projects the successful candidate will be expected to obtain and maintain a Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance.


This role can be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth or at our Ashchurch site in Tewkesbury or in Bristol.


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.


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 visit our website.


Application Guidance

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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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