Systems Engineering Manager

Reading, Berkshire
Competitive with bonus and benefits
15 Sep 2020
13 Oct 2020
Job Role
Systems Engineer
Job Type

Job Description System Engineering Manager

Primary Purpose of Role


  • We are looking for Senior Systems Engineers/System Specialists/Solution Engineering Managers to join the Central Engineering team that is challenged with supporting complex projects across the 5 areas of the business and across multiple domains.
  • The successful candidate will report directly to the UK Systems Engineering Director /Chief Engineer to define, support and/or commence execution of systems engineering and Engineering management activities on a range of projects in various phases of the life-cycle.A common denominator is that the project will be in need of external help and expertise to maintain/regain schedule/technical baseline
  • The role will provide guidance and leadership to the project/programme Engineering team with particular reference to deploying a systems approach to the required engineering activities, the developments of efficient ways of working, individual and team development.
  • In addition to potentially leading project engineering activity, the role shall also participate in and in some cases lead tiger team reviews in support of bids and projects and therefore must be able to balance the demands of SE excellence with strong practical engineering delivery ability.
  • It is highly likely that successful candidates once established in an engineering role on a project will transfer into a permanent role within a business unit. Mobility and location flexibility is therefore essential

Key responsibilities & Accountabilities

Key Responsibilities


  • Responsibilities include working collaboratively within and across various teams, often in a complex matrixed and multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Potentially responsible for defining and managing the solution engineering activities at various levels of projects including identifying the people and skills needed to ensure delivery and for driving delivery through appropriate governance.
  • Sometimes responsible for the specification and execution of SE management and control processes including:
  • Configuration and Data Management,
  • Risk Management,
  • Quality Management,
  • Technical Performance Measures etc


  • Sometimes responsible for Production and maintenance of management plans such as Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), Through Life Management Plans (TLMP) etc.
  • May be responsible for developing and maintaining customer/stakeholder relations both inside and outside of the organization and will be required to actively seek information to understand customer/stakeholder circumstances, problems, expectations and needs.
  • May be required to define the system development cycle and defines the process, practices and tools (PP&T) applicable to the product based on project specific constraints (eg tools imposed by the Customer).
  • Will be required to ensure global consistency of the engineering process, practices and tools, organise the co-engineering and potentially approve lower level solution elements’ or components’



Leadership Skills


  • Ability to engage and influence a diverse set of stakeholders (CBU Heads of Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, Project Management, IS/IT)
  • Ability to work in complex multi-stakeholder environment to create clear and achievable goals.
  • Able to influence a wide range of people to get things done – needs to be highly effective in a matrix based organisation – a good team player.
    • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills – encourages an open environment where information and ideas are shared and innovative thinking is stimulated.  Will be adept at effectively building stakeholder relationships and working collaboratively with customer, supplier and internal teams.



Experience and Skills


  • Team player with a sharp intellect, challenging approach and a “can do attitude”.
  • Understanding of systems engineering life cycle, practices and tools
  • Experience of multi-stakeholder change management activities
  • Experience of delivering the engineering content of system of system and system level programmes in land, sea and/or air domains
  • Ability to make sound judgements on benefits vs. risk
  • An understanding of the exploitation of Architectural modelling techniques and use of requirements management tools (specifically DOORS).
  • Significant experience in execution of SE lifecycle processes, including:
    • Requirements Elicitation
    • System Specification
    • Interface Specification
    • Test Specification
    • Conduct of Trade Studies


Education and Qualifications


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in an engineering discipline or closely related technical field.
  • The successful candidate will have a proven track record of having demonstrated the key competences listed elsewhere on this document.
  • Membership or fellowship of a professional engineering body preferably with chartered status.

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