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22 Oct 2020

Full-Time SDA Design Authority Software Engineer

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

Job Description


£28,050 – £33,000 per annum (plus benefits).


The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

Job description

The SDA are looking for a motivated Engineer to join them working in the In Service Submarines Platform Chief Engineers team as part of the electrical Design Authority.

The Design Authority (DA) contribute to maintaining safe systems across all In-service platforms through the design change process. The DA Electrical team assess all design changes against a series of electrical requirements including software. This role is required to assess all design changes wth software against the electrical DAs software safety requirements in order to ensure the changes will not impact on the safety of the platforms.

The focus of this role will be for our DA Software engineer to use their knowledge and engineering background to understand and highlight where and how software may be affected when engineering design changes occur. You will then liaise with the appropriate stakeholders to discuss or escalate any potential issues.

This position offers the chance to join a dynamic team, with the opportunity to gain additional exposure to other departments, building your broader knowledge, as well as the chance to work with a tangible product, via regular access visits to the submarines for context.

Our successful DA software engineer will not require an in depth knowledge of Submarines, but this knowledge and experience would be desirable.

You will have a strong engineering background either as an apprentice or in a systems engineer post, as well as Systems software experience, ideally with safety software.

Please note, due to the projects involved, this role is only open to Sole UK Nationals.


Managing design changes, with escalation to appropriate teams as needed.

Working to manage processes that have been created from the baseline, ensuring that they remain fit for purpose.

Determine quality management and assurance approaches and ensure technical risks are understood and managed.

Participation in identification, selection, evaluation, performance verification and demonstrations within your technical area.

What you will be assessed against

• L4 Engineering Qualification or Equivalent engineering experience
• Experience with Software assurance
• Demonstrable experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes.

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

• Experience with JSP Policies
• Experience in the Submarine industry.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
• Technical Decision Making

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Communicating and influencing
• Seeing the big picture

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.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

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 & SDA – 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 & SDA and our industry partners and professional bodies.

Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’  here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):
• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for SDA, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).
If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S & SDA Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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How to Apply

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 1st November 2020 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, Defence, SDA Design Authority Software Engineer, and South West. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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