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26 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S Sonar Systems Engineer

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000 per annum (plus benefits)

Job description

The Underwater and Electronic Warfare (UEW) team sits in the Maritime Combat Systems 1* area as part of the Ships Support organisation. The UEW equipment portfolio covers Sonar and Sensor systems, Visual systems and Mine Neutralisation and Exploitation. UEW has around 30 active projects establishing future support arrangements and the delivery of new capability, alongside a large in-service support business with upward of 30 support contracts. These are delivered through four sections; Capability Development (CD), Sensors (SENS), Underwater Warfare (UW) and Spearhead Anti-Submarine Warfare (S2087 Optimisation). As Sonar Systems Engineer, you will sit within the Underwater portfolio and utilise the ‘Spearhead principle’, which is to seek to work in an agile framework, by accelerating Design, Development, Test, Evaluation, Trails & Acceptance of capability, from Science & Technology or Industry concepts delivering the best solutions into service by working at pace.

Please note that due the security requirements of the role, this position is restricted to Sole UK nationals only.


You will be responsible for developing the Engineering Management Plans in-line with Systems Development life-cycle, including but not limited to:

• Act as System Approval Authority; using your engineering thinking to be subject matter expert, undertaking projects from concept through to in-service, optimising Sonar or Underwater Acoustics systems across a wide variety of MOD projects
• Take a pro-active and innovative approach, leaning on your key knowledge of current Sonar technology to:
o Develop and review the scope
o Develop, review and manage the technical & system requirements (including DOORS)
• Lead on Preliminary Design Review Engineering Activities and Critical Design Review Activities, and provide engineering assurance throughout the development and in-service cycle.
• Develop an Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance Plan (including planning and trial activities) applying SMART techniques to drive the projects to successful implementation.
• Ensuring security and safety is maintained and appropriate assurance can be given that the system complies with all applicable policy and legislative requirements, including contributing to the development of safety artefacts

Under the Spearhead Programme, there will be opportunities for you to undertake all aspects of the CADMID (Concept Assessment Development Manufacturing In-Service Disposal) cycle.

You will also be expected to oversee ship-borne activities, and will be required to travel to Client sites occasionally for the development of detailed technical proposals as well as providing technical consultation on future technological solutions. You will also play a key role in managing and mentoring.

What you will be assessed against

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

• Relevant Level 4 (or higher) qualification in Engineering or Science discipline or equivalent relevant experience
• Significant experience of integrating engineering solutions into complex systems
• Evidence of setting technical requirements for a complex system through the acquisition life cycle
• Demonstrable experience of working on sonar/underwater systems and an extensive understanding of sonar principles
• Experience of working with diverse stakeholder groups to deliver an outcome

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Specific knowledge of S2087 (2087) or wider Anti-Submarine Warfare sensors / technology
• Experience of software management, open architecture or shared infrastructure development
• Experience of contributing to the development of demonstrably safe systems including safety artefacts
• Experience of engineering governance and assurance

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
• Technical Decision Making
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

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Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Defence, Engineer, Sonar, and systems. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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