Principal Systems Engineer

Leonardo MW Ltd
08 Mar 2018
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Leonardo - Engineering the future.

We are an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable 'smart' solutions. We employ 7,000 people across the UK with 2,000 based at the Edinburgh site. In addition to achieving Investors In People accreditation, we won the Queens Awards for enterprise and international trade. We are entering a period of expansion offering exciting opportunities to work at the forefront of technology. With a large proportion of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals.

  • Our technology defines the capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
  • Our products help to return service men and women safely home to their families.
  • Our surveillance radar helps coastguards to save lives of people lost at sea.
  • We provided the perimeter security for the Commonwealth Games.
  • Our thermal camera was used in the BBC's Winter Watch.
  • We are Number 1 in Airborne Infrared Counter Measures, in Airborne Laser Designators and in Airborne Radar outside of the US.

Working within the Applied Research group of the Advanced Targeting (AT) line of business, Leonardo requires a number of proactive and dynamic systems engineers to ensure that Leonardo stays at the forefront of EO capability. As part of AT, the work domain primarily focuses on image capture and processing, tracking, pointing and stabilisation for Infrared Countermeasures systems and Lasers. There is a highly successful, well-established product line, but also a number of new programmes in the early stages of development which are driving significant growth within the AT business.

This combination provides an excellent opportunity to be involved in and influence the entire lifecycle of new, key and challenging technologies in this growing business sector.

Key Responsibility Areas

The successful candidate will be required to undertake systems engineering responsibilities for the research and development of imaging-based solutions which are key to the system performance requirements. They will define, develop, analyse and optimise new and state-of-the-art algorithms for current and future products. They will be expected to build relationships with research partners and the academic community to expand image processing capabilities. They may be expected to lead a small group of engineers in such developments. They will need to engage and co-ordinate input from across the Engineering disciplines and will be required to support test and verification work, ultimately proving compliance to the initial requirement.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required


  • The prospective candidate must be experienced in both traditional and emerging image processing techniques.
  • Experience in systems performance modelling and verification methods is essential.
  • Experience of development and test of airborne Electro-Optics systems is preferable, but not essential.
  • A good understanding of Mathematics and Physics is expected.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential, along with experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience in modelling/analysis tools such as Matlab is essential, as is proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and other documentation tools.
  • A working knowledge of camera hardware and optical imaging systems is desirable.
  • A systematic and tenacious approach to problem solving is absolutely essential as is an enthusiasm for the acquisition of knowledge from a diverse spectrum of sources.
  • The successful candidate must have a very high degree of interpersonal skills and the ability to present reasoned arguments in a robust and professional fashion.
  • Organisational skills along with the flexibility to deal with the constant change that characterises the development of complex systems is absolutely essential.


  • A degree in a scientific or engineering subject is required.

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