Principal Systems Engineer

United Kingdom
Competitive + Great Benefits
23 Apr 2018
23 May 2018

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.

In the UK, Leonardo operates from 6 main sites (Basildon, Bristol, Edinburgh, Luton, Southampton and Yeovil) employing around 7,000 highly skilled people, 67% of whom hold highly skilled positions. The company makes a significant contribution to the UK economy with revenues of over £2bn, around 50% of which are in export. Our products and capabilities range from manufacturing world-leading helicopters, the design and integration of radars, avionics and advanced targeting systems, the provision of secure communications and cyber security solutions through to development of cutting-edge optronics that sees us support sectors as diverse as defence, documentaries and sports.

Principal Systems Engineer – IFF Platform 2953

Job Description and Skills

A Platform Systems Engineer is needed to join the systems engineering team within the Mode 5 IFF programme IPT (Integrated Project Team), part of the S3 (Support and Service Solutions) Line of Business at Leonardo.

Leonardo are operating as a Single Prime Contractor to the Ministry Of Defence with responsibility for Design, Installation and Support. To achieve this Leonardo are working with Platform Design Organisations (PDOs), including Boeing, Leonardo Helicopters, Northrop Grumman, Thales, and BAE SYSTEMS to design and deliver the solutions, making use of major prime equipment (Interrogators and Transponders) developed by Telephonics, Leonardo and Airbus.

The Mode 5 team, customers and PDO's are spread across the UK (and abroad) these roles will be based in Bristol but may require frequent UK travel and occasion foreign travel.

Key Responsibility Areas

•Working under direction from the UK Mode 5 IFF Platform IPT Engineering Lead, this position is a hands-on role ensuring Technical input is delivered for assigned platforms.

•Applying your knowledge of systems engineering to undertake assigned activities, delivering to agreed performance targets, including cost and schedule.

•Work closely with engineering and other functions within the IPT to manage design changes and solve problems on complex systems

•Working to ensure delivery of the technical solution for the allocated platforms ahead of schedule, to achieve IOC and FOC.

•Working with PDOs and their technical team to ensure Maturity Design Gate Reviews are held and achieved ahead of schedule.

•Working hands on with guidance and support from Leonardo specialists to ensure that all engineering aspects are considered and assessed through Maturity Design Gate Reviews to ensure design integrity, including Systems Architecture (MODAF) Human

•Factors, System Design, Configuration Management, ILS, Security, Safety and Interoperability with other platform systems.

•Update and maintenance of all platform documentation are completed for use with suppliers and delivery to the customer, including Platform Requirements Database (DOORS), and the Verification and Validation Requirements Matrix (VVRM)

•Completing tasks in accordance with appropriate processes and procedures to a high standard.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

You will have knowledge and experience in several of the following areas:


•A degree-level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

•Demonstrable experience of the systems engineering lifecycle, with particular focus on early lifecycle phases

•Ability to produce clear and concise technical documentation

•Ability to demonstrate and apply system-level thinking

•A proven track record in schedule adherence and achieving high standards

•Knowledge of new and existing Mode 5 IFF technologies and products

•Willing to obtain SC-level security clearance. In addition, some roles may require clearance to access caveated information, such as UK Eyes Only and ITAR

•Self-motivated with an aptitude to problem solving and ability to drive difficult issues to conclusion

•Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to interact with subject matter experts regarding a range of technical and operational topics

•Able to work with minimum direction/supervision on complex tasks

•Confidence and ability to challenge/respond to technical/process issues.


•Previous experience of working with IFF systems.

•Worked with Regulatory Authorities such as QinetiQ Boscombe Down.

•Worked with DE&S customer teams.

•Previous experience in conducting End to End test planning and execution.

•Hands on experience with some of the software tools used on the programme, DOORS, System Architect, Teamcenter, SAP is preferred. Where this is not available, experience in similar toolsets with a good understanding on how the capability works is required.

Intrinsic Factors

•The UK Mode 5 IFF programme is based across a number of UK sites, with the Project Control Office in Bristol and with operating bases in the Basildon, Yeovil and Luton sites, travel will be required to these sites as required.

•Occasional travel outside the UK, working with suppliers, in particular in Italy.

At Leonardo, we believe that our employees work best when they are able to achieve balance between work and other aspects of life. That’s why we are committed to designing policies and developing a working environment that promote the benefits and well-being of all our employees. Our benefits include:

  • Annual leave: We offer 25 days holiday plus bank holidays.
  • Generous relocation package: We offer an excellent package to ease the move for people relocating for work.
  • Award-winning pension scheme: Our multi-award-winning pension scheme includes generous employer contribution.
  • Flexible working and additional flex-leave schemes: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare voucher scheme: We encourage working parents to save money on childcare by offering them several advantageous facilities and vouchers.
  • Maternity leave: We have very flexible working arrangements and advantageous Maternity Policy
  • Paternity, parental, adoption and dependent leave: We care to ensure that we consider every aspect of your needs. All these policies are covered as part of our Work-Life Balance Policy.
  • Learning & Development: We help assess your development needs in line with the role you wish to perform, and allow you to further develop your knowledge.
  • Reserve Forces: We provide positive support to the Reserve Forces and allow employees who are Reservists to take additional time off.

To Apply

If you believe you have the knowledge and experience to enhance our team, and would value the opportunity of working in a flexible and supportive environment across a variety of exciting domains, please upload your CV and cover letter below, once submitted your application is sent directly to the Leonardo HR Team.

You can email Kay Alexander the HR Manager for this role for an informal discussion -

Security Clearance requirements – please consider before applying

You must be able to satisfy the necessary security clearance for the role applied for and meet a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

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