System Design Authority (Submarine Systems)

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  • Post Date: December 22, 2020
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Job Overview

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK develop, supply and support cutting-edge maritime technology for customers worldwide. Based in Winfrith, Dorset, we work closely with the UK Royal Navy and global customers to create products which protect lives at sea.

Due to the growth of the business we are seeking to recruit a number of System Design Authority's to join the Submarine Systems Division.

Our SDAs are responsible for the overall technical leadership and systems engineering of the solutions which we provide. They lead in the development of these solutions from initial concepts through to their acceptance by our customers. Beyond acceptance, they retain technical ownership and authority for the
design of our systems as these are used, supported and modified through life.

The role requires our SDAs to work closely with our customers and also with our project managers and colleagues in our internal Engineering and Production divisions, to ensure that our products and services satisfy the needs of our customers and are fit for purpose in all other respects. Many of the systems we provide deliver front-line defence capability and are depended on to operate reliably in the harsh underwater environments within which submarines operate. To achieve these goals means that the systems we provide must be right, and we need the innovation, determination, knowledge and skills of our SDAs to ensure this.


The SDA will work with the division's Product Managers in promoting AEUK capabilities and in engaging with customers and wider stakeholders to develop and secure future business opportunities this will involve the analysis of requirements, the development of solution concepts and the translation of these concepts into high level architectural designs and system specifications.
Working with technical leaders in Engineering Division, the SDA will prepare technical proposals and provide support to appointed Bid Managers in responding to invitations to tender and requests for quotation.

For ongoing work, the SDA has responsibility for the technical management of allocated projects, including all aspects of systems engineering management. You will work closely with divisional Project Managers, colleagues in Engineering and Production Divisions, other business support functions and external suppliers. The SDA is responsible for ensuring the delivery of products and services in accordance with agreed project plans and associated performance, cost and time targets.

The SDA will also engage with colleagues in other Divisions to ensure alignment of customer and self-funded research with Submarine Systems division product development needs and plans. This will involve the identification and road-mapping of key enabling technologies and an active contribution to AEUK's standardisation initiative. The SDA owns the long term plan for product development and updates.

The successful candidates can expect to be working on projects through the whole product lifecycle, from concept through assessment and demonstration to acceptance and in-service support.

The post provides an excellent career development opportunity for less experienced candidates as well as the more experienced, with good potential for further career progression.

Behavioural requirements

Systems thinker
Innovative and prepared to challenge conventional thinking
Tenacity and determination with desire to deliver outputs and results
Interest in submarine systems
Team player and leader
Confidence and enthusiasm
Excellent communication skills oral and written
Knowledge, skills and personal qualities required:

Candidates will be systems thinkers able understand the broader operational context of customer requirements and user needs. Previous experience of product lifecycles, systems design, system modelling and analysis, requirements management, test and acceptance and/or production and support would be beneficial, with a technical background in at least one of the following areas being highly desirable

Sonar/seismic arrays
Sensor data and signal processing, cabling and telemetry
Real time systems, decision support systems, and their infrastructure
Towed array and cable handling systems
Weapon and Countermeasure systems
Noise, vibration and electromagnetic data gathering, analysis, and management
Acoustic and RF communications
Industrial automation and control systems
Safety systems
Physical and system modelling and simulation
Future submarine design concepts and technologies
Familiarity with the UK Submarine Enterprise is advantageous but not a necessity. Candidates with knowledge of the workings of the Ministry of Defence may have the opportunity to spend time embedded within collaborative MOD/industry teams working within the Bristol area.

For those interested in a change of industry, familiarisation and support in gaining domain knowledge will be provided. Candidates are expected to be effective communicators, with experience of technical report writing and involvement in the preparation of customer proposals.

They will be able to quickly establish productive working relationships with customers, military staff and other stakeholders.

Key accountabilities

Reporting to the Submarine Systems Divisional Chief Engineer

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