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Head of Systems and Software Engineering

BAE Systems UK

Location: Medway

Job Type: Not Specified


Job Title: Head of Systems and Software Engineering

Location: Rochester - We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £85,000+ DOE, plus car allowance and annual bonus

What you’ll be doing:

    Providing strategic direction for the Systems, Software, Test Systems, Logistics and Optics functions

      Operating as part of an engineering leadership team for over 500 engineers

        Providing world class people development processes and retention strategies

          Ensuring the functions can grow to meet the business forecasts

            Providing long term strategic improvement plans for the functions

              Providing, developing and maintaining industry leading functional processes, policies, procedures, Knowledge and best practice guides

                Collaborating within BAE Systems and promoting our capability through external engagements

                  Driving effective tailoring of processes for project application

                    Determining, negotiating and managing functional overhead budgets

                      Resourcing projects appropriately, making priority calls where necessary

                      Your skills and experiences:

                        Experience of a leadership role within Engineering / Relevant experience within Systems, Software, Test Systems or Optical Engineering, at least one with a strong depth of experience

                          Ideally a good understanding of the principles of Model Based Engineering

                            Proven experience of managing an Engineering functional department or product delivery programme on a large scale

                              Demonstrated active stakeholder management, proven ability to influence and negotiate

                                Engineering or STEM degree held (or equivalent qualification)


                                You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

                                The Engineering team:

                                You will be providing direction and leadership for an engineering function, consisting of; Systems, Software, Test Systems, Optics & Logistics. This is a great opportunity to work with cutting edge technology at the forefront of the defence industry, driving innovation and productivity for our world leading electronic systems. An opportunity to devise and execute a strategic growth plan embracing automation and outsource patterning

                                This will include engaging and managing stakeholders to implement a resourcing strategy that meets the business needs.

                                Why BAE Systems?

                                This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

                                Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation