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Technical Manager - Optical Systems

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Great Baddow, United Kingdom
Closing date
31 Mar 2024

Job Details

Location(s): UK, Europe & Africa : UK : Great Baddow

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

About us:

In Digital Intelligence's C5ISR Business Unit we deliver solutions to complex multi-domain communication problems from the sea bed to outer space. We link information from operator, sensors, tactical systems, to provide fused information in a timely fashion to support decision making. We provide advanced mission planning and logistics applications to ensure the delivery military effect. We are world leaders in communications, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, securing data for communication and processing and providing advanced training for the systems and platform that BAE Systems delivers.

About you:

You might come from a number of different backgrounds: Academia; MoD; Defence Supplier; Commercial Communications or Sensing Organisation
You will have a good network of relevant individuals from across MoD, User Communities, Defence Supply Chain and/or relevant commercial industry
You will be able to influence MoD thinking on future requirements and technology selection
You will have an engineering background and have experience of translating customer need and operational context into solutions


You will have a thorough understanding of the underpinning physics in developing free space optical subsystems in the fields of sensing and communications. You will have a good understanding of the mathematical modelling techniques used for the design and performance prediction in the field of optics, and a practical understanding of their use and limitations. You will understand how measurements are made, both in free space and other media.


Acting as a technical expert guiding and supervising the development of novel optical sub-systems in the areas of sensors and communications. Building relationships with customers and partners and helping to define and bid deliverable programmes. Mentoring and developing teams of early career engineers in a fast paced and energetic environment.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to more than 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. With a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses from advanced threats, we work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data. We use the latest technologies, best practices and processes – combined with expertise gained from over forty years of application – to empower customers to detect and defend against the latest threats, transform their organisations, and secure their communications across multiple domains.

Everything we do creates a safer future. In a new age of cyber threats, our people have a shared vision to protect the connected world, to create and deliver intelligent global solutions across a dynamic technological landscape.  

The nature of our business means that we’re constantly looking for the very best people to fulfil our ambitions, and help you realise yours.

We’ve built a place that supports the changing needs of our multi-cultural, diverse, global workforce and we believe everyone can make a difference.

Careers webpage: Careers | BAE Systems






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