Systems Engineer Communications Systems

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    Southampton, Hampshire

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    Aerospace and Defence

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    Morson Rosyth

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  • Published:

    12 months ago

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    6 Months

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Job Description:

Perform Systems Engineering activities covering the full lifecycle for system design and integration of satellite, HF and UHF communications systems into Land and Maritime Platforms.

The Systems Engineer has responsibility for the technical solution, in support of the Programme SDA, which will include work in a partnering environment with the project team, suppliers, customer, users and other relevant stakeholders to develop a technical solution to meet the requirements.

This role is key to ensuring a high level of design integrity in terms of structuring reviews, checking that a record of design documentation and evidence is built up that is sufficient to meet the integrity needs of the project, and providing a level of independence to challenge assumptions and decisions; thereby ensuring that delivered system meets the customer requirements for function, performance and qualification in all its aspects.

Responsibility Areas:

Developing the solution architecture for optimum cost effectiveness and SRD compliance.

Establishing overall system level requirements and their subsequent derived requirements for flow down to the lower level subsystems.

Supporting the main project engineering reviews and contribute to producing the main engineering deliverables (Design descriptions, ICDs, specifications etc.) at each project decision milestone.

Produce system architectures and derive requirements at all system and sub system levels

Produce sub-system, product and work breakdown structures and associated work package estimations

Assessing the Solution architecture and technical choices in order to ensure the best solution is realised within consistent with schedule, costs, make-or-buy strategy

Work with multiple stakeholders to finalise system design.

Support to sub-contract reviews, answering questions raised by sub-contractor

Responsible for requirements change management, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, and understand technical and cost impacts.

Ensuring the solution architectural design satisfies the customer needs, and that the technical risks are identified and mitigated.

Alerting and escalating technical issues to the System Design Authority as required through effective issues and risk management

Preparation of System/Subsystem Test and Integration Specifications

Integration, Qualification & Test of equipment and sub-systems

Ensure that the integrated designs meet:

Legislative validation and certification

Functional safety and sign-off for production

Transversal requirements, including shock / vibration in a land environment

EMC and Information Assurance requirements

Provide support to Test Evaluation and Acceptance Manager for TEA activities to obtain Customer acceptance of the system

Effective management and execution of project Work Packages.

Skills and Experience:

Educated to degree level or equivalent in an engineering or engineering related discipline.

General understanding of Systems Engineering activities on multiple applications/projects.

General understanding of systems design, integration & test.

General understanding of the whole product lifecycle (concept generation, concept demonstration, development, production and in-service support).

Background in Data Comms, Sat Comms and secure networks

Background in RF Comms desirable

Awareness of formal user requirements capture, traceability and compliance management methodology and tool.

Experience of IBM DOORS tool is desirable

Awareness of the application of transversal engineering disciplines (Environmental & EMC Qualification, Safety, Security, Information Assurance, Human Factors, ARM&T).

Experience in UK MOD and other defence related areas. Holding, or be capable of attaining, UK SC security clearance.

Good inter-personal skills with the ability to communicate to all levels within the organisation and externally

Cost and Schedule planning Awareness.

To apply for this position, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK and either possess or be able to obtain UK MOD Security Clearance to SC Level.