Lead Systems Engineer

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We are an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ‘smart’ solutions. We employ 4,000 people across the UK with 2,000 based at the Edinburgh site. In addition to achieving Investors In People accreditation, we won the Queens Awards for enterprise and international trade. We are entering a period of expansion offering exciting opportunities to work at the forefront of technology. With a large proportion of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals.

Our technology defines the capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon. Our products help to return service men and women safely home to their families. Our surveillance radar helps coastguards to save lives of people lost at sea. We provided the perimeter security for the Commonwealth Games. Our thermal camera was used in the BBC’s Winter Watch. We are Number 1 in Airborne Infra-Red Counter Measures, in Airborne Laser Designators and in Airborne Radar outside of the US.

An opportunity for a highly motivated Project Engineering Lead has arisen within the Advanced Lasers sector to lead the engineering activities on a current strategic laser project.

Key Responsibilities

Duties will include:

Lead Engineering activities of a multi-discipline engineering team.

Deliver Engineering Solutions on time to cost and performance

Own and manage design compliance against requirements.

Provide Engineering Support to Operations

Pro-active management of Engineering Risk and Opportunity

Define and implement Cost reduction opportunities.

Define and maintain engineering estimates, plans and schedules.

Support project manager with monthly status / progress reports.

Provide primary interface and support to Sales and Marketing Team including off-site support to trials activities.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required


Degree in an Engineering Discipline or related engineering/science subjects.

Essential Skills/Knowledge:

The following skills/experience are required:

Well-rounded engineering experiences in all phases of the lifecycle across several projects or programmes and preferably in a number of engineering domains.

Will typically have had prior experience in a Team Leader or Principal Engineer Role.

Experience of customer/supplier relations and working within lPTs. Good interpersonal skills.

Able to lead, encourage and share experience and knowledge with all other engineers within the team.

Able to communicate well both verbally and written with engineering team and with other functions such as Operations, Procurement, QA and Programme Management, and with Customer and multiple suppliers.

Able to influence and drive change within the team.

A broad experience of Design experience, preferably in products for military applications.

Experience of the application & management of a design lifecycle.

Experience in negotiating and writing requirements specifications.

Experience in communicating directly with customers both internal and external.

Intrinsic Job Factors

This is an office based role using display screen equipment working full time hours. Some time will also be spent in Engineering Labs and Production Facilities. Occasional off-site visits to suppliers or customer premises & support of field trials. Requires full SC clearance