Leonardo has a fantastic opportunity for a Principal Systems Engineer on a permanent basis working at our modern and purpose-built Luton (Capability Green) site. The Principal Systems Engineer will need to be a talented and highly experienced systems engineer and team leader, familiar with working on complex (ideally RF-based) sensor systems. The Principal Systems Engineer will have hands-on experience of leading teams and multi-discipline engineering design projects across the engineering lifecycle, managing a diverse range of stakeholder needs and requirements to achieve the desired outcomes.
This Principal Systems Engineer role is within the Combat Air business group, and will focus on the development and delivery of the Praetorian Defensive Aids System for the Eurofighter Typhoon. Praetorian provides detection, identification, and countermeasure capabilities to protect the Typhoon aircraft from a wide range of airborne- and ground-based threats, affording enhanced situational awareness and platform protection, and enabling mission effectiveness and platform survivability.
The role will require technical, people and work package management across the engineering lifecycle, managing internal and external suppliers and ensuring the delivery of a fully compliant solution to our customer.
Advanced Technology: You will have the ability to contribute to the development of market-leading technology and product development, providing advanced capability and protection to UK platforms.
EW Expertise: Leonardo has subject-matter experts with extensive and detailed knowledge of the EW domain, technology, performance, and operational capabilities – the learning potential is limitless!
Continuous Learning: Whether it's EW, engineering lifecycle processes, leadership, or personal development, you'll be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring.
Teamwork: You will work alongside like-minded professional engineers in a highly collaborative environment.
Connections: You will be joining an expansive team of around 7,000 people at six major sites across the UK.
EW Heritage: We are proud of our rich heritage in Electronic Warfare (EW), with 100 years of pioneering EW development. Today we're providing the latest advances in RF technology and enabling our customers to keep pace with an evolving EW environment.
Key Responsibility Areas
Oversee the day-to-day operation of the team, setting clear goals and deadlines, monitoring performance, and resolving issues / conflicts.
Monitor and manage deliveries against cost, schedule, and maturity measures and lead Systems Engineering resource and technical planning activities.
Developing, and executing engineering against, cost estimates, technical proposals, and activity schedules, including the capture and management of risk.
Manage the team's workload, performance, and ongoing capability provision.
Work alongside internal / external stakeholders to understand user needs and requirements with which to define and influence system requirements and designs, ensuring suitable routes to compliance, certification, and acceptance.
Assess system design compliance against user and system requirements across the engineering lifecycle, supporting design reviews with independent technical authorities.
Lead verification and validation activities to fully test performance, usability, and effectiveness of the Praetorian system.
Develop and deliver engineering specifications, reports and presentations for delivery to customers and industry partners.
Travel within the UK and abroad to meet with our customers and industry partners.
Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required
You really must have:
Proven experience of team leadership; driving technical delivery alongside proactive people management to create a high-performing team environment.
Experience of work package management; cost & schedule planning & tracking and reporting of key metrics.
A strong understanding of systems engineering principles & highly experienced in whole lifecycle product development and delivery.
Ability to define and influence requirements definition and design decisions, both within the internal project team and within a customer environment.
Ability to define test & acceptance criteria and assess system design compliance against user and system requirements.
Understanding of the key principles associated with RF signal propagation for passive sensors or active emitters, ideally for airborne applications.
Self-motivated with a strong aptitude for problem-solving & decision-making within projects involving design complexity & uncertainty.
Excellent verbal & written communication skills, with experience of delivery to a variety of internal & external stakeholders of varying seniorities.
Undergraduate engineering degree or related scientific discipline. It would be nice if you had:
Experience of working in the defence electronics sector (ideally airborne sensor systems).
In-depth knowledge of passive/active RF sensor systems.
Proficiency with MATLAB & Simulink.
Chartered Engineer status (or working towards this)