Principal Systems Engineer (Dependability)

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, England, West Berkshire
£55450 - £80000 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2021

Job Details

AWE is currently recruiting for a Principal Systems Engineer to join our team, providing Dependability (Availability, Reliability, Maintainability and Safety) support to technically challenging projects.

Principal Systems Engineer (Dependability)

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 (inclusive of Bank Holidays) 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)

In the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) era, AWE relies on cutting-edge science and computational methodologies to verify the safety and effectiveness of the warhead stockpile, without conducting live testing.

This role will require you to work within a rigorous assurance framework and the key responsibilities will be:

  • To produce high quality technical reports and presentations

  • Undertake analysis, modelling and simulation to provide estimations, allocations and predictions

  • Development of credible strategies and plans to deliver project deliverables to time, cost and quality requirements

  • To engage with Subject Matter Experts and other stakeholders, providing specialist Dependability support as necessary (Strategic Technical Authority)

  • To develop your expertise in Dependability engineering and where appropriate, provide support and mentoring to less experienced engineers

Whilst not considered a check list, we will be looking for candidates to be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • Systems Engineering knowledge and experience

  • Evidence that you operated as a strategic technical authority

  • Use of Reliability toolsets e.g. Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA, FMECA)

  • Specialist experience of Dependability (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability) Engineering on complex systems or projects

  • Experience of in-service reliability assurance

  • Experience in product development but facilities experience may be relevant

  • Data analysis and technical report writing skills suitable for a range of audiences

  • Good interpersonal skills, able to engage and communicate well with a broad range of stakeholders

  • Awareness of Dependability / Reliability & Maintainability (R&M) strategies and plans and cases

  • Ability to understand technical specifications and requirements, compliance, verification

Candidates must be willing and 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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