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Senior Systems Engineers

Reading (Office based)
Closing date
2 May 2024

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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE is looking for Warhead Senior Systems Engineers (Product Surety)

The Warhead Engineering team at AWE are looking for a motivated and experienced individuals to lead and conduct systems engineering activities to support future weapon system development. These roles have a focus on technical product security and involves the analysis and assessment of threats to the product across the warhead lifecycle and, the development of the product security sub-system to provide mitigation. Although not purist systems engineer roles, these roles require the mindset of systems thinkers and the application of systems engineering methods, approaches, tools and techniques. These roles are within a specialist area so opportunities for relevant training and development will be provided.

Role: Warhead Senior Systems Engineers (Product Surety)

Location: Reading (Office based)

Salary: £44,990 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 02nd May 2024

The Role?

Successful Candidates will be responsible for:
  • Leading stakeholder engagement activities to collaborate with other areas of the business, the customer, government agencies (international and domestic) and regulators to support multiple Warhead Engineering projects
  • Developing and using tools and techniques to conduct domain specific analysis and assessments from system to component level
  • Applying Subject Matter Expertise to help influence the system design and solution, working alongside multiple engineering and scientific disciplines
  • Influencing, capturing and translating stakeholder vision into system and sub-system requirements
  • Developing Concept of Operations and system architectures (functional and physical)
  • Generating and managing Validation & Verification evidence
  • Producing high quality technical reports, presentations and project artefacts as required by company Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) process and project delivery
  • Developing your own expertise in the area and where appropriate, providing support and mentoring to less experienced engineers

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:
  • Strong communication and exceptional soft skills to work with people and teams to both discover and share key information
  • Ability to define approaches to progress from the uncertain early stages of a development and drive through to definition of solutions
  • Innovative systems thinking approach
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability to embrace the variety of activities which are part of the role
  • Ability to manage and deliver objectives on time to high quality

To be considered for these roles, candidates will ideally have an HNC/HND or degree qualification in a science or engineering discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment.

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

Occasional travel to the US for partnering opportunities may be required.


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


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The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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