Systems Engineer - Trials, Experiments & Technology Development

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Systems Engineer - Trials, Experiments & Technology Development

AWE's Trials, Experiments & Technology Development division is looking for a Systems Engineer to provide expertise to Orion projects and programmes. If you would like to work within some of the UK's most impressive facilities and in a role which provides excellent careers progression opportunity, we want to hear from you!

Location: Aldermaston, near Reading (Berkshire)

Package: £37,860- £53,000 per annum (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 31st July 2024

What's Orion?

Orion is a high energy density physics experimental facility that enables AWE scientists and physicists to improve their understanding of nuclear warhead science. Experts are able to apply a model-based approach to researching the performance, reliability and safety of the nuclear deterrent - in the absence of live testing since the UK's ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996.

AWE has historically used lasers to replicate the physical conditions found at the heart of a nuclear detonation, albeit on a minute scale. The Orion facility was commissioned as a replacement for the HELEN laser facility, which operated from 1979 to 2009.

By recreating the huge pressures and high temperatures (up to 10 million degrees, which is similar to temperatures found at the centre of the Sun) that happen at the heart of a nuclear explosion, the facility is also able to replicate the centre of stars and large planets. This makes Orion a valuable tool for astrophysicists or scientists working in nuclear fusion, which is the process where atoms combine to release a huge amount of energy. Nuclear fusion reactions power the Sun and other stars.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities of a Systems Engineer:

  • Working closely with and advising Project Managers and Task Managers to ensure that Systems Engineering methods tools and processes are used to best effect

  • To action ISO 15288 best practice

  • Deliver solutions that meet safety and performance requirements, across AWE programmes

  • Plan and execute tasks to deliver agreed objectives to time; requirements, quality and cost

  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality

  • Elicit, analyse and translate stakeholder needs into technical requirements

  • Undertake requirements derivation, architecture development, system simulation, modelling and simulation to explore problem space and potential system solutions

  • Undertake requirements verification and validation and support technology teams' derivation of verification and validation events, test cases, test plans and test specifications, to support integration activities

  • Undertake test results analysis and documentation

  • Perform trade studies and analyse the relative benefits/merits of competing solutions

  • Support development and delivery of viable technical solutions that meet customer requirements

  • Contribute to long term plans in support of life-cycle phases using Systems Engineering best practice

  • Support process capture, implementation and improvements for integrating the sub-systems

  • Support project reviews, providing written reports and verbal briefs to management and stakeholders

  • Maintain awareness of Systems Engineering best practice and wider systems issues

  • Effective stakeholder management, engaging others to have a positive impact on decisions and programme delivery. Identify and support opportunities for cost saving, efficiency and business improvement

We'd love to hear from individuals with the following:

  • Experience of working to System Engineering Plan

  • An understanding of system architectures and have experience in Product Breakdown Structure & Functional Breakdown Structures

  • Experience of stakeholder engagement at all levels regarding system engineering

  • A relevant HND or higher qualification or equivalent

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you.

These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work).

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time.

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training.

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services.

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution).

  • Life Assurance.

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending.

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site.

  • Free on site parking

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.