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Systems Architect

PA Consulting

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

  • We work flexibly at PA, but your work base will be whichever of the following offices is nearest to you - Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, London (Victoria), Manchester
  • Full time
  • Application deadline: ASAP
  • We are guided by our client work and needs; however, you have autonomy to manage your time and diary to suit your work/life balance.

Business Architecture and Model Based Systems Engineering at PA

Our Systems Insights and Solutions experts create lasting change through their advisory and delivery around a variety of business and physical systems to clients across multiple sectors.

Examples of these include:

  • Optimisation of defence systems across large scale platforms
  • Implementation of AI and machine learning to transform data analysis
  • Development of cutting-edge transport solutions which are shaped by the requirements of modern societies
  • Organisational design to create new ways of working for our clients
  • Development of systems-based frameworks to inform improved capability procurement and management

Our success is driven by our capability to understand the problem and solution spaces, from business need to component design, drawing on a wealth of knowledge from our team of diversely talented consultants. We combine our knowledge on Systems Engineering,Systems Thinkingand Architecture to be the go-to company for developing practical and innovative systems for complex real world strategic issues.

As a Systems Insights and Solutions Consultant, you will be working on projects with true impact on everyday life, that deliver game changing solutions. You will be working not only with the Systems Insights and Solutions team but also with our other highly talented consultants in our Digital, Engineering and Design capabilities, amongst others. This role will include model-based systems engineering and tailoring and application of various architecture frameworks and tools.

Systems Insights and Solutions Makes a Difference

British Army Capability Management – Embedding the principle of integration into the delivery of capabilities in the face of a rapidly evolving threat and technological environment. Our engineers utilise a systems-based approach to drive the robust implementation of Open Architecture solutions across major Land platforms and mission systems, reinforcing organisational strategy to achieve Information Advantage through greater digital integration.

Our systems architecture and enterprise architecture experts designed and delivered the complex software and traffic control systems that were needed. We implemented a high-speed transport portal that acts as a central hub, integrating with all nearby transport modes to enable a seamless, end-to-end journey.

Defence sector client – Investigating the feasibility of integrating Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) and Counter-UAS (CUAS) systems to create a single, highly capable, airspace management platform. Our engineers looked at the architecture integration to enable data sharing between the two systems. They utilised UML modelling to demonstrate feasibility across representative scenarios. This resulted in a huge step forward in enabling and directing aviation security across the UK.

Please note: We like to recruit lots of great people into this role, across all ranks. You will see this advertised year-round and will be individually reviewed by our recruiting team who will reach out to you dependant on your suitability at this time or in the future


To rise to the challenge that this role brings you will be degree educated or qualified by experience, in a relevant subject area.


  • Experience with solution definition and design especially around defining system boundaries, identifying interdependencies across the wider eco-system, and identifying key stakeholders
  • You are comfortable in applying systems engineering, including MBSE.
  • You are comfortable working both independently, and within a team.

You will need experience of one or more, in each of the following:

  • Frameworks
    • TOGAF
    • MODAF
    • DoDAF
    • NAF
    • TRAK
    • Zachman
    • Arcadia
  • Tools
    • Sparx EA
    • MooD
    • Archi
    • Capella
    • BizzDesign
    • IBM Rational Rhapsody
    • NoMagic/MagicDraw
  • Languages and notation
    • UML
    • SysML
    • Archimate
    • BPMN

Desirables include:

  • Experience with systems engineering principles including the systems development lifecycle
  • Systems integration and verification and validation approaches
  • Experience in cloud architecture, such as AWS
  • Experience with open architectures
  • Requirements engineering

It is ideal for you to have previously worked with clients/organisations in:

  • Defence and Security
  • Public Sector
  • Transport
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Consumer and Manufacturing
  • Health & Life Sciences

This is a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop yourself and your career at PA so we are also looking for excellent interpersonal skills and the drive to succeed.

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today by completing our online application


Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.