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Job description for Senior Systems Engineer

The SDA have exciting opportunities for experienced systems integration engineering professionals to join our team at MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol. You will integrate with teams of highly skilled professionals, getting up-close and personal with complex submarine systems to oversee engineering challenges unique to this industry, whilst supporting the Royal Navy and significantly contributing to project/programme success.

As senior member of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to be an authority on combat systems delivery, verification, validation and acceptance, you will be responsible for coordinating these complex capabilities. You will operate at senior level, engaging with delivery projects across wider SDA teams to provide specialist insight. By engaging with stakeholder across the combat system enterprise, you will help to ensure robust and coherent systems engineering approaches are developed and combat systems hardware/software is rolled out across the UK submarine flotilla.

Due to the nature of this work, working with stakeholders is critical to success. You will therefore be required to uphold strong and productive relationships with senior SDA stakeholders and act as intelligent customer to UK industry partners within the nuclear 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, these roles are reserved for sole UK Nationals only. Due to there being posts in multiple teams, the SDA reserve the right to offer the highest scoring applicant/s for each team respectively, subject to requirements.

Responsibilities for Senior Systems Engineer

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Manage the delivery of all engineering aspects in area of responsibility as defined in the assignment specification or objectives including managing the acquisition safety aspects.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance in own technical area to solve complex technical problems and identify application risks.
  • Manage the technical requirements for the acquisition lifecycle stage of one or more project, programme, service or system.
  • Monitor and implement any governance and assurance policies and procedures to ensure the ‘safe & professional’ status of the area led.
  • Lead on the development of requirements related to own area of specialism including acceptance plans, performance criteria and draft specifications.
  • Interface with industry as the intelligent customer both in a scrutiny role and supporting the identification of application risks.
  • Likely to hold Safety Responsibilities (SR) SDA Training will be provided.

Person specification

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

  • Chartered or Incorporated Engineer or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Relevant Level 4 (HNC or higher) qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of providing technical advice and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcomes.
  • 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 Supervised – Practitioner.
  • Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance – Practitioner.
  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving


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.
  • Discover more about SDA Benefits and pension schemes.

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Job Details

Job title

Senior Systems Engineer


£43,400 – £47,000 per annum (plus generous benefits).

Contract type


Business area


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



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Recruitment contact

Iustina Onisor – SDA Talent Acquisition Specialist –

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