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Systems Engineer

Manchester, Greater Manchester
Closing date
23 Jun 2023

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Love solutions that make our world a better place?

Join our organisation, where we have a huge variety of projects on-the-go at any one time. So, when you start this role with us, it could take your career wherever your interests lie. You'll find everyone here is willing to pitch in and help because we all want you to succeed, and we're ready to help you grow.

When it comes to living your life, we want you to get the most out of it. So, talk to us about all our flexible and remote working policies that can support your personal priorities. Also, ask us about some of our recent pledges for Women's Equality, as well as being a 'Disability Confident' and 'Inclusive Employer’.

As a Systems Engineer in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T), you'll have all the support you need to succeed. Working in a team that uses Systems thinking, you'll analyse, assess, and develop ways to mitigate engineering risks, including safety, environmental and cyber threats. And with the huge variety of projects, we have – from local schemes to high-profile programmes – you'll always have something challenging to get involved in.

Our client base is large and varied and our work is stimulating, challenging, and rewarding. If you are ready to take on a challenge, responsibility and gain valuable professional experience in this complex changing world, then we want to hear from you.

Your purpose:

Our Systems Thinkers and Engineers work on tasks ranging from small consultancy projects to large multi-disciplinary programmes and may need to balance their time across concurrent projects.

Responsibilities typically include:

  • Stakeholder management across our clients and partners.
  • Problem discovery and definition.
  • The development of solutions to complex problems in balance with performance, cost, time, and risk and using our knowledge and experience in the state-of-the-art and emerging technologies.
  • The planning and implementation of engineering solutions.
  • Communicating complex concepts in a compelling and straightforward way.
  • Influencing stakeholders and non-technical team members.
  • Influencing the direction of Systems Engineering and introducing Systems Thinking to new industries.

What can you bring?

Essential -

  • Degree qualified (Level 6 or above), or equivalent depth of experience. We welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate that their degree and experience has equipped them for creative and Systems Thinking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build trusted relationships.
  • Ability to tailor the presentation of ideas to non-technical and senior stakeholders.
  • Able to work alone or as part of a team.
  • Experience and skill with the MS Office toolset.
  • Willingness to acquire knowledge on how to apply Systems Thinking, and Systems Engineering tools and techniques.
  • Effective and creative written and oral communication skills.

Desirable -

  • Degree in a STEM subject may be an advantage.

If you like -

  • Making a difference that benefits the world around you.
  • Working with people in multi-disciplinary teams to identify problems and solutions.
  • Using big-picture and holistic thinking to identify interactions between people, technology, and the world.
  • Creative thinking and finding innovative ways to visualise complex ideas.
  • Explaining and communicating ideas through storytelling.

If you think that -

  • The issues and concerns of society and industry cannot be addressed by technology alone.
  • Technology is part of the solution, including application of emerging technologies such as Cyber, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big-data, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Autonomous Vehicles, 3-D printing and 5G.
  • Solutions need to be designed to account for human behaviour, future scientific discovery and technology development, the environment and climate change, and political and social pressures.

What can you gain?

  • The skills and tools necessary to tackle tomorrow’s problems today.
  • The opportunity to become a Systems Thinker and Engineer for Atkins.
  • The opportunity to study for NVQ Level 7 Apprenticeship (Master’s degree equivalent) in Systems Engineering.
  • To work towards certification and chartership qualifications, (e.g., with INCOSE).
  • The opportunity to work with a range of clients across the Defence, Energy, Transport, Aerospace and Security sectors.
  • The opportunity to be involved in a diverse range of roles throughout your career with us.

Why work for Atkins?

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the ADS&T Business Unit and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a difference to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a top global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


Atkins is one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies; it is the UK's 3rd largest engineering consultancy.  As such, we have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical projects. The multidisciplinary nature of our work allows us to draw on expertise from across Atkins to deliver complex projects both in the UK and in support of our other businesses overseas.

The work is always challenging and evolving, but if you’re ready to take on a challenge, and assume technical, commercial and project responsibility to your full potential, then Atkins is a great place to further your career in engineering.

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