Principal Systems Engineers

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
Closing date
23 Mar 2021

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Job Type
Engineering Manager

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Principal Systems Engineers

To enable the successful delivery of this programme, the AWE Warhead Engineer function is seeking experienced Systems Engineers who can lead and deliver key workstreams across multiple lifecycle phases.

Location: Reading

Salary: Competitive based on experience

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9 day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We welcome applicants that are looking for full time and part time hours, including term-time working hours. A full Job Profile is available along with package details.

AWE has been named in The Sunday Times top 25 Big Companies to work for in 2021.

The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment is embarking on a Replacement Nuclear Warhead programme, to ensure the UK continuous at sea deterrent.

We are interested in hearing from candidates who have an extensive knowledge of applying Systems Engineering and Systems Thinking to mechanical, electronic, safety, security or nuclear projects and are interested in developing their career with us.

Within this position you will:

Have demonstrable experience leading, or playing a significant role in leading, Systems Engineering teams on multi-disciplined projects (which could be weapons based) and have experience in managing a team in the delivery of one or more of the following areas:

  • Planning and managing the Systems Engineering project output delivery
    • SEMP generation,
    • Technical schedule generation,
    • Owning the SE Budget
    • Leading Systems Engineering reviews
  • Requirements engineering
  • System architectures
  • System integration
  • Verification and validation
  • System analysis and modelling
  • Trade Studies and Options Analysis
  • Production Readiness / Operations / Commissioning Activities
  • Configuration Management

To be successful in this role you will have experience in:

Core Systems Engineering leadership in the above, and experience of any or all the following would be advantageous:

  • Large project delivery
  • Formal governance and oversight roles
  • Functional/Business/Departmental leadership

Furthermore, an objective of AWE is to enhance our existing staff by augmenting the teams with proven System Engineering competencies, with the ability to stand up and implement Systems Engineer processes. Successful candidates must have demonstrated, exceptional soft skills working with people and teams. A key part of this role will be mentoring/coaching others and influencing the implementation of Systems Engineering.

To be considered for the role, you must have an HNC / HND or higher qualification in an engineering discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment. You should be a strong communicator with the ability to work with multiple stakeholders and effectively balance / prioritise your work around programme and technical requirements.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

We welcome applications from candidates who would like to discuss flexible/part time working



We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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