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GLA Principal Systems Engineer

Trinity House Lighthouse Service
Harwich, Essex
£54,481 PA  
Closing date
12 Jul 2021
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£54,481 PA  

Learning and development tailored to your role • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity  A Civil Service pension.


The General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland (GLA) are at the forefront in the provision of safety-critical marine aids-to-navigation.  The GLA consist of Trinity House (for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar), The Northern Lighthouse Board (for Scotland and the Isle of Man) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (for the whole of the Island of Ireland).  GLA Research and Development (GRAD) is a crucial area for us as we drive cutting-edge projects of global significance in the marine environment comprising satellite and terrestrial radio navigation systems, alongside physical and visual signalling systems.

This role is an exciting opportunity to join our internationally-renowned GRAD team employed by Trinity House, and working on behalf of all three GLA, applying your skills and knowledge for the benefit and safety of all mariners.  You will work at our modern, waterside offices that offer good transport links to London and beyond.  There will also be some travel to GLA locations around the United Kingdom and Ireland, with some international travel.

You will pilot and deliver strategic, conceptual, systems, technology and business-related studies, plans, proposals and trials, including procuring and managing external support as required. You will also seek and secure external project & funding opportunities that influence and leverage support for key future GLA initiatives. You will develop and maintain strategic external relationships and collaborations nationally and internationally that inform GLA strategy and strengthen engagement for future navigational safety developments. You will produce briefing notes and papers for internal and external meetings and conferences and represent GRAD and the GLA through meetings, networking and conferences.

You will be highly numerate with a good degree in engineering, systems engineering, mathematics or physical sciences.  You should have practical experience of the systems engineering lifecycle, including requirements capture, design, development, and implementation and testing.  Some business development skills are also desirable, as is experience in playing a pivotal role when participating in multi-disciplinary national and international projects.

Ideally, you will have some industrial experience, but you will definitely be adaptable, self-assured and enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively (both written and orally) at all levels.  Good organisation and time management skills are essential, as are well-developed IT skills.  Project Management skills are also desirable.

If you are interested in this opportunity and keen to bring your skills and experience to our GRAD team, please CLICK APPLY to download the job description and complete the online application form.

As an equal opportunities employer, Trinity House is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.  We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, to apply.

Application to be received by midnight on Monday 12th July 2021.

Interviews to be held in Harwich on Tuesday 27 July & Thursday 29 July 2021.



Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners

As the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, we are a world leader in the provision of aids to navigation.

Providing nearly 600 aids to navigation, the service uses three ships and new technology to deliver a leading-edge service.

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