Systems Engineer- Communications

BAE Systems
+ depending on experience and skills
24 Nov 2021
08 Dec 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

Systems Engineer - Communications

Do you want to design and build systems to provide secure tactical data communications networks for our armed forces? We have an exciting opportunity for a Systems Engineer - Communications based in our site in Christchurch.

As a Systems Engineer you will integrate cutting edge tactical and operational network elements together to create solutions for the customers. You will work on our future projects; developing and delivering military and commercial technologies in the secure defence area.

You could be an experienced communications engineer or have worked on other aspects of IT systems integration, either way this role could be the next step in your development path. The role will provide you with ample opportunities to work with cutting edge technology. In addition, BAE Systems are a company that invest in you as an individual and will support you in developing your careers within the business.

Your main responsibilities as a Systems Engineer will involve:

In essence our systems engineers make things work, whether they were intended to or not! You will be asked to do some or all of the following

  • Design of solutions that integrate both commercial, military and bespoke products in order to create solutions that meet the customers' needs
  • Supporting the improvement of the team competencies and skills.
  • Working with customers to support delivered systems and resolve issues
  • Production of documentation to support the product lifecycle capability; such as verification and validation, test, requirements, systems specifications and technical reports
  • Use of knowledge and experience to help predict mitigate any risks that may arise through the design and integration.
  • Ensuring compliance with systems engineering practices
  • Reporting on progress and providing feedback to team members and leadership
  • Planning and estimating development activities

As part of the engineering team you will work closely with colleagues and customers, and support the team and/or project leadership in daily activities. You may also be asked to lead elements of the engineering solution.

Your skills and qualifications:

You might have an IT or engineering degree but equally we will consider relevant non-academic experiences as well as relevant service within our Armed Forces.

  • Sub-System integration of data communications and Networking technologies.
  • Making Systems work to meet customer requirements
  • Translating customer need into technical specifications
  • Networks and Data Communications Modelling techniques and principles
  • Configuration and change management
  • System Engineering tools and processes

Understanding of some of the following:

  • Data Communications and Networking technologies and Systems
  • Security considerations and enforcing capabilities
  • An Engineering development Lifecycle
  • Physical and Electrical Safety, Security and Environmental compliance
  • Product acceptance with customers

What we're looking for in you:

You should have a 'can do' attitude; thriving in a varied, complex, and frequently changing work environment, often with demanding timescales. You will be creative and have a problem-solving mind-set. You will take responsibility for your own work and ownership of your deliverables. You will have strong communications skills and can positively influence junior members of the team.

If you feel you may not have some of these characteristics, we can certainly help you develop them.

Occasional travel to customer sites to support integration/demonstration activities may be required.

Location: Christchurch

Salary: Competitive


Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Flexible Working

At BAE Systems we are committed to supporting work life balance for all our employees and embrace a range of modern working practices, which aim to enhance flexibility for individuals whilst also enabling business performance. Flexibility provisions vary by role, but include; hybrid working arrangements, flexible working patterns and shift working.

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft provides managed solutions for aircraft design, engineering and fleet support to a global customer base. The Engineering portfolio is diverse and includes projects ranging from support to new aircraft development programmes, major special role aircraft development programmes and modification/upgrade to a range of fixed wing aircraft types. Following recent contract successes across the Engineering product range, we are looking to enhance key capabilities to support existing contracts and further growth in all areas.

BAE Systems Air

BAE Systems Air brings together the company's international capabilities and expertise to respond to customers' current and future requirements, and compete for international export and collaborative opportunities. In the UK, BAE Systems Air has an unrivalled track record and expertise in the development, delivery and support of military air platforms, components and technologies through Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, Tornado and Hawk.

BAE Systems Air has the capability to provide customers with information superiority through the delivery of actionable intelligence and information, together with the provision of innovative information systems and services. Training is a key enabler to delivering military capability, and at BAE Systems we bring together our expertise in the analysis, design, build and delivery of training solutions into a powerful combination for our military customers around the world.

Working as an integral part of the team delivering information superiority and effective air power, our aim is to provide our customers with the capabilities and intelligence that really matters.

At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

For more information on our Diversity & Inclusion work, please click here.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

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