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Job Description for Systems Engineer

Engineering is the largest business function in our organisation – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. Because it’s only by delivering the most advanced, battle-winning technology that we can keep those on the front line at the top of their game. That’s why we stay inventive and create positive change, with a strong focus on sustainable sourcing and minimising environmental impact too. Ready to make an impact that matters to the nation?

You’ll benefit from plenty of opportunities for development, access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women in Engineering Network, Parents Network, Race & Culture Network, Neuro Inclusivity Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.

DE&S have created an exciting and empowering place to work in Internal Technical Support (ITS). In this team you will apply Systems Engineering and Consultancy Skills to engage with and deliver to Project Teams across all areas – Land, Maritime, Air and Space. You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however these roles are exceedingly flexible and offer smarter working to empower you to make decisions about when, where and how you work. These roles do have some travel expectations, however this is typically limited to other UK locations and comes with advance notice.

The Internal Technical Support – Systems Engineering Team (ITS-SE) work closely with clients across a range of delivery teams to help solve some of the most complex problems in Defence. Individuals in this team enjoy the variety of work with the ability to support a number of platforms and engage a vast number of stakeholders. The ITS SE team continues to exceed client expectation, providing novel or system engineering solutions to challenging problems. You will have the opportunity to work across the entire project life-cycle and be instrumental in helping clients translate military customer needs into clear technical and contractual requirements. You will oversee delivery, develop robust acceptance plans, and solve in-service problems.

The ITS Team has provided consultancy support across a range of projects, including the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Protector Remote Piloted Air Systems, Autonomous Systems, Submarines, Tactical Data Links, Guided Weapons, Challenger 2 LEP, Skynet, Air Defence Systems, Space and Land based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. As well as broader improvement projects including developing an approach and way of thinking to coordinate activities to realise value from assets, drawing a line of sight through the organisation.

Please be advised that due to the nature of security, some of these roles are reserved for sole UK nationals only.

Systems Engineering Consultants can choose their permanent duty station (PDS) from the list below:

MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol, BS34 8JH
MOD Manchester, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD
MOD Boscombe Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JF

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for Systems Engineer

The responsibilities of these posts will include, but not be limited to, the following:

As a Systems Engineering Consultant, you will collaborate with colleagues to deliver and support our military capabilities, working alongside delivery teams to support routine activities and respond creatively to emerging challenges. You will develop a range of system engineering products, including requirements documents, integrated test and evaluation plans, innovative system and capability architectures, and engineering management plans. You will ensure that these products meet your client’s needs, addressing the unique situation each project faces.

You will drive some of the most complex and critical programmes forward, making a real difference to lives in the UK and abroad, and advancing state of the art systems engineering.

The responsibilities of these posts will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Understanding the inter-dependencies and interrelationships between systems.
  • Developing innovative solutions to complex problems by thinking across technical and professional disciplines.
  • Explaining complex issues in a simple and compelling way to clients.
  • Providing technical consultancy by working with customers to understand their needs, scoping for the work and delivering it with pace and impact.
  • Continuing your professional development and driving your career forward using our supportive learning environment, career planning tools and Function Development Officers to help you unlock your own potential.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • You will hold a minimum of a Level 4 qualification (e.g. HNC or higher) in a relevant Engineering or Science discipline, or have equivalent relevant experience
  • You will have demonstrable experience applying systems engineering methods
  • You will have experience of providing technical consultancy services skills from within a regulated environment
  • You will have demonstrable evidence of stakeholder management

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

  • Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
  • Technical Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Managing a quality service

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

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Job Details

Job title

Systems Engineer


£46,200 – £50,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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



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Recruitment contact

Chantelle Hardy –

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