Chief Engineer - RF Communications

Undisclosed Company
£65000 - £90000 per annum
Closing date
21 Dec 2021

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Salary Range
Permanent, £60,000+, GBP
Job Type

Chief Engineer


Location flexible with travel to sites


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Chief Engineer to provide governance of technical development activities and technical support to the RF Communication systems engineering functions. You'll be part of Babcock Mission Systems, which provides support to the MoD for key communications and training systems. Our communications work is based in multiple locations across the country, with our main offices in Bristol.

You will be working in a small but highly effective team where the highest of standards will be expected from both a technical and behavioural perspective. You'll be collaborating with both Royal Navy and MoD staff as well as internal Babcock employees and as such stakeholder management is essential in this role to ensure all groups are working towards common goals in a timely and acceptable manner.

As the Chief Engineer you'll be the Subject Matter Expert on communications systems at relevant forums, coach and mentor junior members of the team as well as facilitating improvements within the Mission Systems business.

Although this role is within the Defence industry we will consider applicants from all highly regulated industries.

What will you be doing?

  • Providing Subject Matter Expertise and Governance of technical development activities and technical support to the Communications systems engineering functions.
  • Contributing to the delivery of Communications systems contracts to time, quality and cost, achieving Customer satisfaction and internal targets.
  • Providing independent engineering governance of all engineering activities on communications projects and on other projects when required.
  • Acting as the Design or Technical authority where delegated.

The experience you'll bring

You will have excellent communication skills and a drive to solve technical issues in support of the contracts. Presentation skills will be essential for representing Mission Systems through design reviews and presenting design solutions to both internal and external customers. You'll be someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally.

  • Systems engineering experience ideally communications related.
  • Knowledge / Understanding of electrical / electronic design processes, procedures and tools.
  • Knowledge of Electrical /Electronic, Software and Mechanical disciplines.
  • RF communication systems, design and implementation, including VLF, HF and VHF.

What a role with Babcock offers:

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
  • Employee Share Scheme
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments

About Babcock Mission Systems

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock's Marine organisation. As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It's a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.

The Critical Communications Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.

Application Guidance

All applications should be made online using PC, Laptop or Mobile devices. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.

We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week's special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please check our career website for more information.

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