Capability Manager (comm systems)

22 Apr 2019
10 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The Company is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. They employ 4,000 people across the UK. In addition to achieving ‘Investors In People’ accreditation, they won the Queens Awards for enterprise and international trade. They are entering a period of expansion offering exciting opportunities to work at the forefront of technology.

Location: Southampton

Salary: Competitive plus excellent benefits including flexible working.

Key Skills: Communication Systems, Engineering Lead,


Support business winning in achieving customer intimacy through preparation of proposals and technical support to campaigns.

Understanding the market for the designated Line of Product (LoP) in terms of both; current capability, future needs and the competition.

Leading definition of the product strategy for designated LoP and maintaining route maps. Collaborating with the Chief Technologist to ensure Applied Research provides the technology to underpin the LoP strategy.

On behalf of the Technology/Line of Product IPT leader owning the Product Business Plan & defining the investment plans (including Product Development) for all relevant products & services. Identifying potential industrial partners relevant to the designated LoP and supporting the development of Line of Business (LoB) partnering strategies.

Acting as the customer, specifying and maintaining the Capability Requirements for products/services within the designated LoP.

Providing specialist technical advice and support to customers (existing and potential future) and also to the wider company.

Chairing Solution Reviews to ensuring the customer value proposition is optimised and the solution is consistent with Leonardo product strategy.


Growth of communications business area with focus into civil market opportunities Lead definition and monitor execution of product R&D investment in designated LoP Definition of product strategy objectives for designated LoP with milestones.

Comprehensive market intelligence. Right Capability, at the right price.


To ensure effective technical support is provided to business winning activities, working in close partnership with Sales & IPT. To exploit military technologies into adjacent civil markets for airborne communications products To develop and maintain relationships with customers, key suppliers and partners to directly support the definition and direction of future capabilities and allocation of budgets. To collaborate with the Chief engineer and Heads of Engineering Projects to ensure the correct balance between capability and cost (NRE and UPC) is achieved.

To ensure proper and effective technical governance and delivery of consistent technology best practice across designated Lines of Products within the EW LoB. To provide technical leadership from the top and through sharing knowledge and experience develop others within the IPT and across the business.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

Degree in Engineering (or related discipline) or Military Experience Experience of airborne communications systems

Technical leadership

UK SC Clearance

Strategic thinking

Excellent Communicator : Able to influence and manage customers and partners

Cordius Ltd team offers unrivalled expertise; a flexible and personal approach of successful recruitment within Engineering, Supply Chain and Technical disciplines - our highly experienced team of specialist consultants offer professional and transparent services to match the individual needs of both clients and candidates

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