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Principal Systems Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, West Berkshire, Berkshire
£55450 - £80000 per annum
Closing date
10 Nov 2021
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The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment is embarking on a Replacement Nuclear Warhead programme, to ensure the UK continuous at sea deterrent.

To enable the successful delivery of this programme, we are seeking experienced Systems Engineering professionals who can launch, drive, deliver and execute key workstreams across multiple lifecycle phases.

Principal Systems Engineer

Location - Reading / Basingstoke area

Package - £55,450 - £80,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)

As a key member of the Engineering Team, we are interested in engaging with 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.

We are particularly looking to deploy experienced Engineering Leaders into roles such as Test and Evaluation Campaign Director and Lead Systems Verification Engineer roles and are therefore particularly interested in hearing from those with experience in developing test and evaluation campaigns, leading test and evaluation activities or integration and test teams.

As a Principal Systems Engineer within a matrix organisation, your role will span a range of responsibilities:

  • As a Principal Systems Engineer, you will be a technical leader, responsible for developing or executing the project vision, working closely with stakeholders to scope, refine and break down projects, ensuring a high level of quality and timely delivery of these projects.

  • You will demonstrate the behaviours of a systems thinker and to select and apply appropriate systems thinking skills to solve complex problems and implement constructive change.

  • You will ensure collaboration across functional teams and work to pull disparate teams and plans together.

  • You will work with Project Management counterparts to create and maintain Integrated Master Plans and Schedule and will ensure the delivery of the technical output against these.

As a Test and Evaluation Campaign Director or a Lead Systems Verification Engineer, you will also be responsible for one or all of the following:

  • Generation of a fully justified, fully traceable and fully detailed verification plan. That may include ensuring that the people, process and tools (plant - rigs/facilities and HW) are on track to be in place to deliver that plan, with risks and assumptions managed. It will require the integration of disparate areas including Design, Production and specialist engineering areas.

  • Delivery of an integrated evidence dataset and associated case reports providing progressively growing confidence in the proposed designs, and delivery of final verification evidence to support certification and acceptance.

  • Oversight of test and evaluation activities ensuring plans, schedules, products, events, and reports align across the varied units contributing to final programme success. You will lead on the prioritisation of activities to meet customer and organisation objectives.

  • Coordination across delivery units, production houses, test facilities and systems engineering teams, seeking innovative approaches and ensuring a model-led approach to ensure the overall objectives of the verification plan are met.

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 will 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 will 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.

All candidates must be able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.



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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