Principal Systems Engineer / System Design Authority

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems - Greenford

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Principal Systems Engineer/Systems Design Authority

As a Systems Engineer, to conduct systems engineering activities, either alone on a small project or as part of a larger project team, adhering to Engineering Function processes or project specific tailoring of those processes.

Systems Engineers will create and sustain successful, purposeful, systems that:

  • Relate to the development and delivery of goods and services;
  • Deliver real benefits to the company, suppliers and customers;
  • Works with all technical domains, and all business functions;

As a System Design Authority provide design governance to ensure projects are technical compliant and that all engineering activities are conducted to an acceptable technical quality in accordance with company procedures.

 Some Key Responsibilities:

As a System Design Authority will be accountable for:

  • The technical solution to meet the customer, legislative and business requirements.
  • Ensuring that the project/sub-system is design, developed or supported in accordance with the company processes and procedures. This includes, but not limited to: Product safety, design for manufacture, quality, development practices and guidelines.
  • As a System Design Authority will also be responsible for technical oversight of Engineering activities throughout the project lifecycle. This includes:
  • Product Certification and Compliance approval (all technical aspects, including contractual & legislative). This may include airworthiness where applicable.
  • Technical governance of engineering activities on a project. Any issues identified should be escalated as appropriate.
  • Design sign-off through key stages of the lifecycle, particularly at design reviews, or significant design change.
  • Approval of customer or critical concessions.
  • Ensuring that Design Reviews are appropriately planned, reported and signed off.
  • Approval of key technical management plans.
  • Approval of key specifications for development or procurement.
  • Ensuring engineering process are adhered to in accordance with company processes.
  • Liaison with Engineering Managers to establish lifecycle status planning & issue resolution.
  • Identifying Quality and Safety issues requiring support external from the project team
  • Coordination of Sub-System Design Authorities (where applicable).
  • Identifying strategic resource and capability issues to help establish and support future projects demands.
  • Supporting Engineering Lead as required for technical Customer discussions.
  • Supporting evaluation, mitigation and management of engineering risks.
  • Coaching and mentoring of other engineers.
  • Liaising with customers and suppliers as required.

 Additional Requirements:

  • Use of development, target and test equipment as well as laboratories to perform engineering activities relating to allocated functional discipline.
  • Experience in the use of software tools:
  • Essential: MS Windows, , MS Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook),
  • Desirable: DOORS, Bugzilla/Jira, Windchill & IFS
  • Based at Greenford.


Job Reference: JUL20198678
Salary: Competitive
Category: Engineering
Contract: Permanent - Full Time
Closing Date: December 31, 2019

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Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems

Welcome to Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, part of the Ultra Electronics Group, we are a UK-based solutions provider and systems integrator that operates in the Defence and Aerospace markets, where we deliver world-leading products, solutions and services to both national and international customers.

Over the past five years Ultra has proven that my initial motivations were well founded by supporting my career progression by providing structured training plans, reviews, training courses, personal coaching and on-the-job training.

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Over the past five years Ultra has proven that my initial motivations were well founded by supporting my career progression by providing structured training plans, reviews, training courses, personal coaching and on-the-job training.

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UK UltraSelect Benefits

As a UK employee you are offered company paid life assurance and membership of a contributory pension scheme as part of UltraSelect, the Group's flexible benefits scheme. Each year Ultra offers a SAYE scheme for all employees. UltraSelect offers important benefits flexibility for all UK employees by giving you the opportunity to consider how you wish to receive your benefits package from the company.

Up to 4x life assurance pension
Private medical insurance
Dental plan
Health screening
AESOP (All Employee Share Ownership Plan)
Holiday flexibility
Retail vouchers
Childcare vouchers
Salary Sacrifice for Cars scheme