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12 Mar 2021

Full-Time SDA Software Assurance Engineer

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

Job Description

Job description

At the Submarine Delivery Agency, we are excited to be hiring for a new Software Assurance Engineer, to be based at our Bristol site.

As a dynamic and enthusiastic engineer, you will liaise with a number of different stakeholders, and have access to expertise from a variety of teams, enabling you to expand your own knowledge with on the job learning. You will build on your understanding of software and the part it plays in safety.

Utilising your awareness of Safety Integrity Levels (SIL), and how software is written to comply with them, you will provide advice and guidance on the delivery of projects and assurance of the supplies that they deliver.

Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, this role requires applicants to be Sole UK Nationals. The requirements of the post will include travel within the UK.


Working with a team and a number of suppliers, you will build your technical knowledge to be able to provide advice and guidance at various stages of projects.

You will manage software engineering technical requirements (definition, architecture, integration, contract assessment and change management).

You will be responsible for the development and maintenance of software system requirements, including in-service support.

You will determine quality management and software assurance approaches and ensure technical risks are understood and managed.

You will utilise your exceptional communication skills to offer all of the above services across multiple projects, ensuring that any solutions or recommendations offered are understood and appropriately executed.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• L4 (or higher) qualification in an engineering subject or equivalent relevant experience
• Experience of the delivery of software on projects
• Have an awareness of the role that software plays in systems and how it can affect the Safety Integrity levels (SIL’s)

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Military experience.
• Experience as a software assurance engineer in the defence industry.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Technical requirements, evaluation and acceptance
• Technical decision making
• 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 – 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.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click 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.

See our vetting charter.

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. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours.

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.

How to Apply

Click here to apply. 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Abbey Wood, Bristol, engineering, MOD, Safety, SDA, and software. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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