Job description for Communications Engineer
Are you passionate about the defence of the United Kingdom, with a good moral compass and a drive to protect people? Do you want to work in an environment where you can develop your skills and experience whilst working to support the UK’s Armed Forces? If so, opportunities have arisen for Communications Engineers to join us at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).
These roles offer you an exciting opportunity to support the British Army, working in the Integrated Battlespace Operating Centre (IBOC), supporting either Project Guardian, Maritime Multi-Link (MML) or Tactical Communications, or other similar projects focusing on wider Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Recognisance skillsets.
Project Guardian is a defence Command and Control system that delivers state of the art air traffic services, co-ordinating a complex network of radio and radar devices, across 145 sites, and is a key component in delivering new capabilities to improve our communication across our UK locations. MML provides specialist acquisition support in upgrading the tactical data links on maritime platforms, including tactical data links. Tactical Communications delivers body-worn tactical communications systems, enabling secure voice and data transmission and situational awareness.
If you are seeking a challenging role, offering great development opportunities and the chance to make a real difference in supporting our Armed Forces, apply today!
Please note that some of these posts may require occasional national and/or international travel.
Due to the secure nature of these roles, please note that some are reserved for sole UK nationals and some will require the successful candidate to be willing and able to undergo Developed Vetting in-post.
Responsibilities for Communications Engineer
As our Communications Engineer, you will support the engineering related activities of the project, which includes the acquisition, upgrade and/or in-service support tasks. Other responsibilities may include, but not be limited to:
• Managing engineering technical requirements (definition, architecture, integration, contract assessment and change management)
• Developing and maintaining system requirements, including in-service support
• Determining quality management and assurance approaches and ensuring technical risks are understood and managed
• Leading in identification, selection, evaluation, performance verification and demonstrations of requirements, within your technical area
• Producing and leading Engineering Management and Specialist Engineering Plans and other artefacts
• Overseeing user trials and acceptance testing
What you will be assessed against
To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• You will hold Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status or will demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
• You will be qualified to a minimum of Level 4 (e.g. HNC) in a relevant discipline or demonstrate the equivalent experience within a relevant area (e.g. cyber security, encryption, RF transmission & waveforms, safety hazard log & legislative compliance)
• You will have experience of providing technical advice and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcomes
• You will demonstrate a wide ranging depth and breadth of technical experience in your own specialism, with knowledge and application of relevant engineering procedures
In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance (Practitioner)
• Technical Decision Making (Practitioner)
• Communicating and influencing
What’s in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market-leading employer pension contributions of between 26.6% and 30.3% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.
Whilst you will be based out of the listed location, DE&S promotes Smarter working, which provides flexibility over where work is carried out whilst ensuring organisational outcomes are delivered effectively and efficiently. We adopt an ‘attend for a purpose’ approach in relation to visits to site.
Find out more about what DE&S offers by clicking here. Please refer to the Civil Service Pensions Retirement Modeller to get an indication of the benefits you may receive from your Civil Service Pension, when you come to retire.
We value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.
About your team
Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.