Systems Engineering Director / Systems Development Verification Director

  • Job Reference: N6030-651A
  • Date Posted: 8 May 2018
  • Location: Wimborne
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering, Executive Positions, Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Anne Hartley
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  • Telephone: 01252 710215

Job Description

Systems Engineering Director / Systems Development Verification Director – Systems Engineering & Design Verification  


Our client is a highly successful global aerospace company they are looking for a Systems Engineering Director – Systems Engineering & Design Verification. As a member of the Engineering Leadership team and Functional Discipline Head for delivery of a capability, this position is for an engineering professional who has demonstrated domain expertise in the field of Systems Engineering and Design Verification. The position is accountable to the Business Unit (BU) VP Engineering and responsible for the implementation of engineering strategy for people, tools and processes in the given discipline. The role is responsible for providing guidance and oversight to multiple teams working on numerous products progressing through the Systems Design Lifecycle.

The role also provides mentoring and coaching of staff and sharing of expertise to the broader technical community across the BU including acting as a Design Review Chair/Assessor. The role will lead discipline excellence through processes and continuous improvement to improve the performance, capability and competencies of the discipline.  


As a Systems Engineering Director your skills, qualifications and competencies will ideally include:

Deep discipline domain knowledge, with experience in the application of the discipline to the entire design life cycle from inception to delivery.

Product Design, test, integration and development experience in Aerospace

Flight testing design and verification.

Extensive use of V model in Systems Engineering.

Good Project Management understanding and use of partners to support, i.e.  bringing work packages to drive projects to completion.

Experience in managing a discipline engineering team with excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills.

Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate progressive change in processes, practices and measures of performance. 

Degree in engineering (or demonstrated expertise/domain knowledge) Apprentice served.

Understanding and experience of the practical implementation of systems engineering processes including: ARP4754 & ISO15288.

A solid understanding and significant ‘hands on’ experience of environmental, functional and performance qualification & certification aspects of aerospace equipment & systems.


As a Systems Engineering Director your main responsibilities will involve:

Lead and manage the functional excellence for the Systems Engineering and Design Verification discipline including: technical leadership; governance; quality of output; recruitment, performance management; professional development; competence; capability; reporting; budgets and KPIs for the discipline engineering team

Provide domain Subject Matter Expertise (Mechanical, Fluids, Avionics & Electrical) input into Integrated Project Teams and Product Development Teams.

Own and action a functional People Plan to address, Talent, Recruitment, Succession.

Ensure the discipline engineering team activities and output complies with company & legislative procedures, specifications and industry best practice.

Ownership, delivery, development, deployment and maintenance of discipline engineering policy and processes which enable effective and efficient delivery of development programmes and for implementing System Design Review lifecycle practice.

To develop and ensure consistent methodologies and tools are used throughout the discipline in line with the BMS process frameworks and the Engineering strategy.

Identify areas for coordinated improvement, to improve engineering skills, processes, and knowledge for the discipline.

To be the point of escalation; provide governance through approval/authorisation of deliverables and to provide Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE) signatory for the discipline.

Secure external discipline service providers for work package outsource opportunities.


Keywords:  Systems Engineering, Design, Verification, Environmental Testing, Aerospace, Avionics, V Model, Electrical, Mechanical, Fluid Engineering, ARP4754, ISO15288


Systems Engineering Director / Systems Development Verification Director – Systems Engineering & Design Verification  

Salary:  Competitive plus bonus and large company benefits

Location:  Wimborne, Dorset