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SDA Lead Systems Engineer

BS34 8JH, Bristol (City Centre)
£55,500 - £60,000 per annum (plus generous benefits)
Closing date
5 Dec 2022

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Defence, Engineering, Marine
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Job description for SDA Lead Systems Engineer

The SDA have an exciting opportunity for an experienced systems integration engineering professional to join our team. You will integrate with a team of highly skilled professionals, getting up-close and personal with complex submarine systems, overseeing engineering challenges unique to this industry whilst significantly impacting project/programme success.

As senior member of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to be an authority on weapon system integration and engineering coordination of this complex capability. You will operate at deputy project chief engineer level, covering in-service and test documentation services to the Vanguard and Dreadnought submarine build programme. Due to the nature of these programmes, working with stakeholders is critical to success. You will therefore be required to uphold strong and productive relationships with the US Government through the Polaris Sales Agreement and be the Intelligent Customer with UK Industry Partners within the Strategic Weapon Enterprise.

In the SDA you will have unparalleled opportunities to learn and develop as a professional and will be actively supported in this respect. Training is readily available, invested in and essential to stay abreast with new technologies and you will be working in an environment that encourages this.

Please be advised that due to the nature of security, this role is reserved for sole UK Nationals only.

  Responsibilities for SDA Lead Systems Engineer

The post has a small but capable team of circa 20 staff assigned to deliver and control engineering management activities, configuration change management and specialist engineering support services, as well as undertake whole weapon system integration and testing oversight on-board submarines. In joining, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide support and oversight to all Strategic Weapon System and Strategic Weapon Support System maintenance activities on Vanguard in-service submarines.
  • Manage the Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment programme via liaison with key stakeholder, associated UK Industry Partners and Royal Navy personnel
  • Provide support to and oversight of the Document Control Centre responsible for the receipt, control, issue and dispatch of US and UK Strategic Weapons System documentation to operators
  • Co-ordinate several information exchange and compliance activities to ensure operation of the Strategic Weapon Enterprise is in accordance with the Polaris Sales Agreement
  • Provide strategic direction and assurance to the management of configuration change management for both Vanguard, Dreadnought build, and UK Facilities in accordance with US/UK technical agreement and departmental best practice in support of UK legislation.

  Person Specification

To be successful with your application, you’ll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Member of a relevant Professional Engineering/Science Institute or equivalent body; holding or able to confirm you are seeking chartered status
  • Relevant Level 6 (or higher) qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of providing technical advice at a senior level and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcomes in multidisciplinary projects.
  • Wide ranging depth and breadth of technical experience in own specialism with knowledge and application of Systems Engineering approaches.


In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Improve Engineering Capability – Practitioner
  • Technical Requirements, Evaluation and Acceptance – Expert
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and improving

  The benefits

We’re pleased to offer a generous benefits package to support everything from your work-life balance to your bank balance, including:

  • 25 days’ holiday a year, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, an annual performance-based bonus, and recognition awards
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, with plenty of opportunities and support for progression
  • A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more
  • Up to six days of paid leave a year for volunteering
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave schemes, offering 100% pay for 26 weeks (after a qualifying period)
  • We champion a diverse and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and give their best. We believe that by harnessing the power of different ideas, experiences, and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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