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Software Architect

Lockheed Martin
Havant, Hampshire
Closing date
19 Nov 2021
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About the Role
If you are an accomplished Software Architect with an abundance of experience in the Defence sector, combined with the pride and passion required to drive cutting-edge solutions that directly contribute to UK National Security, then this is the ideal role for you.

Using your software expertise, you will work closely with the Business Development and Capture Management teams, using your architectural and technical knowledge to help shape strategies and solutions. This role involves customer- and supplier-facing activities and requires an ability to exercise initiative in the context of a long-term technical and strategic vision.

Demonstrating an enthusiasm for understanding new customer missions and generating clear, focussed and compelling cases for solutions, you will lead software architectural activities and software support to Business Development activities.

As part of this vital role you will develop candidate software solutions and outline technical solution concepts; deriving key elements of system and software specifications from high level system requirements. You will influence and shape the design of complex systems, including ensuring that software architecture supports accreditation against safety/airworthiness regulatory standards and other contractual requirements.

Day to day responsibilities include:

  • Taking ownership of enterprise-wide initiatives and planning, documenting, implementing and maintaining software solutions using internally created or off-the-shelf products.
  • Leading complex software design activities exploiting state-of-the-art knowledge of multiple technologies and planning, design and analysis methodologies.
  • Leading the design and documentation of the software development and integration process, e.g. Software Development Plan, Software Architecture Plan, Software Release Process etc.
  • Owning initiatives to drive continuous improvement, innovation and technical excellence.
  • Identifying and promoting alignment between opportunities and appropriate existing and planned LM products, including reach-back to LM US and international business units for product identification and influencing.
  • Proactively setting the direction for use of new technologies and tools, and developing roadmaps which have the support of relevant stakeholders.
  • Providing estimates for new work and internal projects, and contributing to the design, capture and presentation of meaningful metrics to track progress.
  • Serving as organisation Software spokesperson on programs.

Required skills, qualifications and experience

  • Extensive experience of software design, development, and assurance across the whole software lifecycle, including agile, waterfall, and hybrid frameworks.
  • Ability to synthesize customer requirements, whether broad objectives, aspirations or specific contractual specifications, into software solutions that take into account technical, schedule and cost constraints.
  • Ability to initiate assignments of a strategic nature.
  • Clear and concise communication and presentation skills with the ability to convey complex technical concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders, and to influence and invoke change throughout the organisation.
  • Ability to work with all levels of engineering, programme management and leadership.
  • Experience with the design, development and quality assurance of military safety-critical systems in accordance with Def Stan 00-055 and related standards.
  • Experience in integrating in-house and third-party components sourced from a multi-supplier ecosystem, and understanding of the criteria for make/buy decisions.
  • Knowledge of regulatory and safety standards (Safety Integrity Levels, RTCA DO-178, Military EMC, Environmental) and other Airborne and Maritime standards.
  • Understanding of the capture process, including contributing to major bids.

Desired skills, qualifications and experience

  • Experience in some of Ada 95, C/C++ or C#.
  • Experience with any of the following: airborne systems, electronic warfare, maritime combat systems, command/control systems, data links.
  • Experience supporting auditing of software processes.
  • Software / system modelling methodologies and tools e.g. UML, TOGAF, SysML, SPARX Enterprise Architect, Artisan / PTC Integrity Modeller / Windchill Modeller.
  • Understanding of collaborative toolsets e.g. JIRA, Confluence, SharePoint, Slack, Mural.
  • Experience of remote working and an understanding of tools and approaches necessary to make it work effectively.


Lockheed Martin UK is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation and has operated in the country for nearly 80 years. Headquartered in London, we employ approximately 1,800 people at more than 20 sites across the country.

From mail sorting technology to helping build the UK’s first commercial spaceport, our innovations and partnerships help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges, contributing to the UK’s defence, security and prosperity.

In 2018, Lockheed Martin committed £2.9 billion to UK industry, supporting approximately 20,000 jobs in almost 700 companies, 76% of which are Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) 

In addition, the F-35 programme, which Lockheed Martin is leading, will generate US$1bn per year for the UK economy at its peak, with 15% of every jet produced being made in the UK, securing a further 24,000 jobs.

The people of Lockheed Martin are critical to our success as a business – their work making a difference, every day. Our customers rely on their skills, knowledge and passion to deliver, time and time again. We are a diverse and inclusive organisation offering exciting careers for apprentices, interns, graduates and experienced professionals alike.

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