Principal Systems Engineer

Ultra Electronics
03 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The Ultra CIS (Communication and Integrated Systems) IA (Information Assurance) Business Unit comprises about 50 engineers, and conducts research and development of communications and cryptographic equipment and HSMs, for the defence, public and commercial sectors. Our Keyper HSM, the only FIPS 140-3 level 4 HSM, is used by ICANN to help secure the Internet DNS system, and also by many other organisations such as Mastercard, VeriSign and Shell. The Ultra Communicate technology provides an extensive range of connectivity options, with no reliance on a single bearer, Communicate is wholly independent and gives users complete flexibility to change connection in the field with no downtime. Integrating high-quality voice and data communications, Ultra Communicate utilises any connection possible (bearer of choice), from WiFi to satellite, to maintain the end user’s connection. Ultra CIS have also developed, and continue to develop, a range of form, fit and function High Grade and Commercial cryptographic products for the UK MOD and export markets. Designed to be future proofed, the software definable technology enables it to be upgraded anywhere, anytime. Ultra CIS prides itself on providing state of the art development tools, excellent working environment and development and growth opportunities for employees.

Job Purpose:

Conduct System Engineering activities to ensure designs and products meet customer requirements.

Scope / dimensions:

Provide systems engineering expertise to one or more projects simultaneously, with opportunities for technical leadership of a team of system engineers (1-5) within the Information Assurance Business Unit, which delivers multiple concurrent research, development and production programmes ranging from tens of £k to several £m.

Key Responsibilities:

* Develop technical solutions to large and complex engineering problems, following Systems Engineering processes, to ensure customer requirements are satisfied.

* Develop Systems Engineering artefacts, as required, across the product development lifecycle, to result in a positive project outcome.

* Plan, co-ordinate and present at internal and external design reviews, to senior management and customers, to ensure a successful event.

* Actively contribute to and/or lead defined aspects of the project to achieve optimal balance between requirements, schedule and cost.

* Manage customers and external suppliers to ensure compliance with agreed processes and achievement of project objectives.

* Provide technical direction and exert technical influence across one or more projects, such that the optimal approach, architecture, design, and implementation are selected.

* Responsible for the design, development and delivery of Systems Engineering artefacts for one or more projects to ensure high quality deliverables.

* Work closely with the system and software architects to ensure consistency, design for modularity and re-use, and technical excellence.

* Generate and review technical proposals, and provide accurate estimates for the associated effort, costs and risks, for bids and proposals, leading to contract awards.

* Work closely with project management and engineering project leads to create proposals that drive down project costs and increase margin.

* Manage security of information as defined in the Security manual.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


* Significant experience and a full understanding of Systems Engineering, the V-Model and associated processes/lifecycles.

* Significant experience of developing requirements and establishing a compliant systems design.

* Experience in writing high quality technical documentation and the formal technical review of such material.

* Experience working as a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) and developing new areas of expertise as and when required.

* Advanced knowledge of System Engineering practices, methodologies, processes, techniques and technology trends.


* Experience of DOORS, UML, SEBoK, Enterprise Architect and SysML.

* Experience of hands-on development of either hardware, software or firmware development, particularly in an embedded environment.


* Degree in an engineering, mathematical or science-based subject desirable.

* Willing and able to obtain and maintain SC and/or DV security clearance.


Functional / Technical Skills -
Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Motivating Others -
Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; can assess each person’s hot button and use it to get the best out of him/her; pushes tasks and decisions down; empowers others; invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility; makes each individual feel his/her work is important; is someone people like working for and with.

Process Management -
Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organise people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can't; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.

Decision Quality -
Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

Innovation Management -
Is good a bringing the creative ideas of others to market; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work; has a sense about managing the creative process of others; can facilitate effective brainstorming; can project how potential ideas may play out in the marketplace.

Presentation Skills -
Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers, direct reports, and bosses; is effective both inside and outside the organization, on both cool data and hot and controversial topics; commands attention and can manage group processes during the presentation; can change tactics midstream when something isn’t working.

Technical Learning -
Picks up on technical things quickly; can learn new skills and knowledge; is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge.

Written & Verbal Communications -
Is able to communicate clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.

Managing & Measuring Work -
Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work.

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