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Job description

This is a dynamic role for an enthusiastic Systems Engineer with a passion for bringing innovation into our engineering services. With touchpoints across Defence, this role provides the successful candidate with exceptional development opportunities in a supportive working environment with scope and freedom to make a real difference.

“Working in the Engineering Services Team has provided me with visibility of engineering projects underway across Defence and enabled me to highlight synergies across projects, create opportunities for innovation, and implement efficiencies that are really improving delivery agility, value for money and ultimately Armed Forces capability”.

The Engineering Services team is seeking a Systems Engineer with the knowledge, skills and experience in Stakeholder engagement, requirements shaping, and engineering planning to enhance our team.  The team enables the delivery of technical services within and across Air, Land and Maritime environments and all engineering disciplines, including safety, environment and security.

As a Systems Engineer, your role in the team will be to manage the end-to-end process from task initiation to completion, working with customers to understand their short to long term needs and shaping their requirements into a formalised programme of work.  Taskings range from the delivery of single engineering outputs to integrated services or capabilities.

You will contribute to business improvement through novel, agile thinking ensuring alignment with Corporate strategy.  You will also have the opportunity to champion innovation across the DE&S Domains ensuring innovations in technology, systems and processes are considered to achieve better value for money for Defence and deliver improved capability to the Armed Forces.

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

Responsibilities for Systems Engineer 

The responsibilities of this role will include but not be limited to:

  • Key responsibility will be driving digitisation into current processes and systems.
  • Business improvement through innovation leading on ‘Dragons Den’ style innovations.
  • Shaping engineering requirements into a contractable scope of work.
  • Supporting delivery teams by understanding their needs and business processes.

Person specification

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

  • Experience in extracting Stakeholder needs and translating them into a coherent set of requirements for engineering delivery.
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying systems thinking, engineering practices and methodologies.
  • Experience in engaging with and influencing Stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
  • Experience in managing engineering tasks/services.
  • Relevant Level 4 (HNC or higher) qualification or equivalent experience in an engineering or science discipline.

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

  • EFCF3 Technical Requirements Evaluation & Acceptance (Practitioner)
  • EFCF4 Technical Decision Making (Practitioner)
  • Communicating and influencing
  • 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 Little Book of Big Benefits and pension schemes.

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Job Details

Job title

Systems Engineer


£43,400 – £47,000

Contract type


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Working pattern

Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working, Job Share



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Recruitment contact

Christos Nakoutsis- DE&S Talent Acquisition Specialist


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