Senior Systems Engineer - Radio Networks & Bearers

Job Description

Senior Systems Engineer - Radio Networks & Bearers



Make a real impact, immediately

We are looking for an energetic, dynamic, ambitious, and commercially minded Radio Networks & Bearers Engineer to join our Tactical Systems and Networks team as part of Babcock Mission Systems. This team conducts practise and activities toward programmes under and relating to LeTacCIS. Our goal is to gain Capability and Capacity for the application of Modern telecommunications product and systems within the modern battle space. We are a "learn by doing" community of capable engineers with a strong team togetherness and can-do, will-do attitude.

The difference our new Senior Systems Engineer will make

Mission Systems is transforming, and we need you to support our drive for growth beyond our current managed services and projects. You will both collaborate and lead the design processes of exciting, and challenging innovative telecommunications projects. You will contribute by playing a key role in growing our tactical communications capability.

You could be leading our portfolio of existing telecommunication projects or find yourself supporting the development of new technologies through business winning activities and new contracts.

Our current capabilities span a broad spectrum of market areas across Defence including Land, Air and Sea, in addition to commercial deployments. You will help raise Babcock's technical profile by building strong vendor and customer relationships whilst implementing our ambitious strategy.

Within the Tactical Communication and Networking team, we adopt a culture that means:
Working in an extremely fast paced, proactive, agile, and flexible team of SMEs who often travel and work from multiple locations and sites mainly in the UK. Overseas travel is rare to occasional with at least 2 weeks' notice
As a team, we commit to delivery timescales that are often tight and go the extra mile for our team, clients, and customers
We support each other in achieving the high standards expected by our company in the outcomes required by our customers

What you will be doing:
As Radio Networks & Bearers and Telecommunications SME, you will provide "hands-on" Technical Expertise and Leadership for the design, build, and implementation of Radio Network Systems.
Technical Expertise and Leadership of our Engineering Visions/Concepts from the white board through the lab to the field
Solutioning through design and problem-solving practises, through collaboration and learning with a team of capable peer and junior telecommunications SMEs
Be accountable for all plans subordinate to the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) e.g., Integration, Test, and Acceptance Management Plan (ITEAP)
Delivering technology solutions from the early phases of design through to fielded solutions
Design, Document, Present, Build, Support designs and solutions.
Integration and management of third-party Vendor Products (COTS/MOTS).
Assist the engineering transition from the bid phase into the delivery phase.
Performing senior technical customer relationship management and perform inter-project technical relationship management with our existing and future customers.
Develop solutions for demonstration and trial networks within your portfolio of responsible projects.
Provide Systems Engineering expertise for existing and emerging COTS/MOTS Network technologies.
Liaise and collaborate with peer individuals and organisations across the business.
Support Business Development, Marketing and Capture activities with your technical expertise and knowledge.
Producing Systems requirements and use cases, for architectures, systems, sub systems and components.
Conduct results analysis, adjustment, and validation.
Apply best-placed systems engineering practices and methods to develop systems that fully meet requirements.
Undertake the specification, design, implementation, test, and integration in line with required standards.
Extracting customer requirements, and in the absence of clearly defined specifications be able to understand the customer's underlying goals in order propose requirements.
Responsibility for the sourcing COTS\MOTS equipment to support system requirements.
Manual handling will be required at test and demonstration sites.
Be a technical mentor to junior engineers.

Who we're looking for

You are someone who brings big ideas and solves complex problems with simple and elegant solutions. Proactively thinking outside of the box, you continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo and actively seek different perspectives. You promote technology within the engineering teams, enthusing those around you to succeed. You will seek to collaborate and make a positive impact every day.


You will have considerable, relevant Radio Networking Engineering experience, with proven success in Trials, Demonstrations and Deployment:
Proven Radio Networking Engineering experience within defence and/or commercial telecommunication systems
Experience in Engineering of Open Standard Telecommunications technologies
Experience of new product and solution design, fielding and support within an R&D environment
Work within a fast-moving SME environment on both small and large projects
Engineering Expertise in both the Office, Lab and Field
Experience in the application of COTS/MOTS products within Wireless Networking Solutions
Understanding of IP routing/switching technologies
Knowledge in verification and validation of tests against system requirement.
Strong Understanding of RF networking systems as IP Bearer systems
Experience in the design, build and support of demonstrations and/or operational deployments
Production of technical reports and engineering documentation
Knowledge of geographically dispersed telecommunication networks
Awareness of software development environments process and support
Comfortable with Military systems, environments, communities, and ethos
Experienced in Technical Management, Planning, Leadership and Mentoring
Production of technical reports and engineering documentation
An Understanding of Systems Engineering, Integration, Testing, Acceptance V-Model, ITEAP, VVRM etc.
Experienced in customer and Vendor collaboration
Experience of working with or for the MOD

Skills and attributes
Forward thinking, pro-active and entrepreneurial
Sideway thinking problem solver
Collaborator, Sharer, kind
Strong thirst for knowledge
Prepared to challenge the norm and not afraid to fail
Ability to work independently or as part of changing teams within a collaborative environment
Ability to make rapid decisions and work at pace
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Comfortable presenting ideas and findings with internally and externally with customers/clients at all levels
Competent at producing technical documentation, diagrams, architectures, and reports

Education and qualifications
MEng/MSc/BSc in Engineering,
Or Equivalent Practical Experience

In return for your skill and passion, you'll get
Flexible working (Full time = 37.5 hours per week)
Working from multiple locations including home.
Autonomy to perform the role and influence to drive leading technical experts in developing solutions
The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme

within Babcock's' fastest growing business unit
Be part of an innovative cutting-edge technology leading team supported by a large UK defence supplier
Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays
Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
Employee Share Scheme
Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support, and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Health Care
Death in Service
Vehicle Allowance
Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
If you are a reservist in the armed forces or a volunteer within a recognised voluntary service, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments

Where it all fits in

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock's Marine organisation. As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best-in-class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It's a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.

A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.

Other need to knows
This role could be based at any of our sites in the Southwest of England (Plymouth, Bristol, Tewkesbury).
The successful candidate must be capable of obtaining SC clearance.
You should be a full UK passport holder with a willingness to travel nationally and internationally.
You should be willing and able to work variable hours if required.
You should ideally hold a full UK driving licence

Application Guidance

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week's special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.

Babcock International Group

For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability, and availability of their most critical assets within four market sectors: Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We're committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You'll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training




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