Principal Systems Engineer (Mode 5 UK)

12 Aug 2018
25 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you want to work in a global high-tech company that's one of the key players in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector?

Leonardo provides you with the opportunity to work on meaningful and high-calibre projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within an established, award-winning company.

Within Leonardo, Support & Service Solutions (S3) is an exciting and rapidly growing line of business focused on customer product and service support, product improvement and ground breaking research and development.

One of S3's primary values is to provide a fulfilling future to our people; their well-being is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to fostering a culture where personal and professional development, work life balance and guided autonomy are the norm. We want you to enjoy being part of S3, and feel empowered to ensure that we meet and exceed our customers' expectations.

We recognise that diversity is vital to encouraging innovation and creativity. We want our people to bring their unique qualities and perspectives to help us enrich our services and offerings.

Leonardo provides flexible working options including part-time working, flexi-time, home working and job sharing to best support our people to build a work-life balance that works for them. We also provide an award-winning pension scheme, along with a number of rewards and benefits, including a generous relocation package for employees moving for work.


Leonardo is looking to recruit Systems Engineers to join the Engineering team in the introduction of the Mode 5 IFF capability on various Platforms in Land, Sea and Air Domains.

Operating as a Single Prime Contractor to the Ministry Of Defence (MOD), Leonardo is responsible for Design, Installation and Support. To achieve this Leonardo are working with Platform Design Organisations (PDOs), including Boeing, Leonardo Helicopters, Northrop Grumman, Thales, and BAE SYSTEMS to design and deliver the solutions, making use of major prime equipment (Interrogators and Transponders) developed by Telephonics, Leonardo and Hensoldt.

The Systems Engineers would work within the Equipment IPT under direction from the IPT Engineering Lead and in association with the IPT Project Manager. The team will be the equipment experts within the programme, providing support to the platform teams throughout the design, integration, trial and support stages of the multiple platform programmes.


As part of the Equipment IPT Engineering team you will be responsible for the delivery of certified equipment for assigned platforms ahead of schedule through to successful completion of First of Type Testing and released into follow-on embodiment, to achieve Initial and Final Operating Capability.

Working under direction from the UK Mode 5 IFF Equipment IPT Engineering Lead, this position is a hands-on role ensuring Technical input is delivered for assigned platforms.

You will work with Equipment providers and their technical team to ensure Maturity Design Gate Reviews are held and achieved ahead of schedule and that you acquire detailed understanding of the equipment to provide support back into the platform IPTs .

You will also work closely with other functions within the IPT to manage design changes, solve problems on complex systems and manage engineering aspects of external supply chain engagement. Applying your knowledge of systems engineering and whole product lifecycle, you will manage technical aspects of subcontract relationships with Equipment providers.

Working hands on with guidance and support from specialists, you will ensure that all engineering aspects are considered and assessed through the maturity gate reviews to ensure design integrity, including Human Factors, Interface Management, Hardware Design, Software Design, Configuration Management, ILS, Security, Safety and Interoperability with other platform systems

You will be responsible for the update and maintenance of all Equipment documentation and completion for use with suppliers and delivery to the customer, including Requirements Database (DOORS), and the Verification and Validation Requirements Matrix (VVRM), completing tasks in accordance with appropriate processes and procedures to a high standard.


  • This role requires systems engineers who are able to challenge the established "process" and methods, with a flexible approach to change from others.
  • Ability to demonstrate and apply system-level thinking
  • Knowledge of new and existing Mode 5 IFF technologies and products
  • A degree-level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • Self-motivated with an aptitude to problem solving and ability to drive difficult issues to conclusion
  • Hands on experience with some of the software tools used on the programme, DOORS, System Architect, Teamcenter
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to interact with subject matter experts regarding a range of technical and operational topics
  • Experience in Systems integration and certification with proven experience and understanding of MIL and DEF Standards and Certification requirements
  • Ability to produce clear and concise technical documentation


This role would be base at the UK Mode 5 IFF programme office in Bristol. Travel will be required to other Leonardo sites in the UK with occasional travel outside the UK to Supplier sites.
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