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Job #: R-00122833
Location: Remote, GB
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 75%
Clearance Required: UK - BPSS


Chief Engineer

Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people and our community. Our mission and our values guide the way we do business. The foundation of our Leidos culture is our Values, Beliefs and Expectations by which we select, recognise and reward employees. They create the environment that drives us toward our mission. Inspired to make a difference, we are committed to solving the world’s toughest problems.

Passionate about customer success by being determined to understand and respond to our customers’ needs as if they were our own.

United as a team, we are bound together by our conviction that ethics and integrity is core to how we operate.

Being part of the Leidos team is a commitment to push yourself and those around you to do better, constantly adapt and learn new technologies. We’re a passionate team and are committed to developing and growing our staff.

Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defence, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

The Chief Engineer is the single individual responsible for delivery of all engineering on the programme (i.e. all engineering deliverables) on time, to budget and to the required quality, and leadership of the engineering team.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide the primary interface between the engineering team and all others, including external customers, internal customers, and subcontractors / suppliers

  • Work in tandem with the Solution Architect to ensure that the solution is and remains deliverable, identifying & using re-usable processes, tools, products, patterns, etc.

  • Define and run the organisational structure for the technical team including role descriptions, support to hiring activities, working with engineering resource managers to ensure the right skills are provided to meet the needs

  • Publish & maintain the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), capturing the engineering deliverables, timescales, metrics, standards, processes and tools to be used, ensuring that this is followed by all members of the engineering team

  • Ensure that all customer engineering requirements are fully satisfied to the quality required

  • Ensure consistency of all engineering activities (e.g. architecture, design, development, integration, verification, support, assurance) across all engineering aspects (e.g. functional & non-functional)

  • Continuously reduce the risk of delivering the solution through planned activities (design, development, testing, etc.) and reviews (e.g. PDR / CDR) as appropriate

  • Plan & co-ordinate all engineering activities and resources, monitor progress thereof, and resolve issues that arise

  • Manage the engineering baselines and their governance activities, avoiding scope creep

  • Co-ordinate & review contributions from across the engineering team as input to PM functions (e.g. cost, schedule, risks & dependencies)

The Chief Engineer who is an Individual contributor who leads and/or manages

works of other technical staff that has significant impact on results / outputs. With a focus on delivery and operation, the Chief Engineer contributes to the development of solutions that influence strategic programme goals. They have thorough understanding of advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts; they recommend and collaborate in the development of new technical solutions and/or standards in support of strategy and operations. A Chief Engineer will be a natural self-starter and team motivator who will guide the technical team to deliver upon Leidos commitments. They are a leader and champion in technical delivery with the experience to back up their decisions and actions, preferably hands on at a high level. You will work with field leading subject matter experts who will provide detailed designs.

  • Responsible for technical planning, system hardware, software & network design, development and integration, verification and validation, and fielding. Evaluates alternatives including cost and risk, supportability and analyses for total systems. Duties include performing systems requirements analysis, functional analysis, timeline analysis, trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition, technical management, integration, system testing, and quality assurance.

  • IMPACT: Influences development of solutions that impact strategic programme goals and business results. Recommends and develops new technical solutions, products, and/or standards in support of strategy and operations. Leads and manages works of other technical staff that has significant impact on project results/outputs.

  • COMPLEXITY: Resolves complex problems using significant application of technical knowledge, conceptualising, reasoning, and interpretation. Develops solutions that are highly innovative and achieved through research and integration of best practices.

  • COMMUNICATION: Requires ability to communicate with executive leadership (internally or client) regarding matters of significant importance to the organisation/project. Works to convince others to accept view/current practices and agree/accept new concepts, practices, and approaches.

  • KNOWLEDGE: Has in-depth understanding of technical principles, theories, concepts, and their application across range of programs. Serves as a subject matter expert within technical domain area.

  • TYPICAL EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Typically requires BS degree and 12 – 15 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 10 – 13 years of prior relevant experience.

Core skills and behaviours:

  • Drives the team towards delivery by shaping and encouraging the team to achieve outcomes

  • Significant experience in delivery of complex and parallel technical deliverables for large government organisations or private corporations using a diverse engineering and technology team

  • Significant experience in breaking down technical deliveries into manageable and trackable parts

  • Strong and practical knowledge of cross functional business skills, including but not limited to; project management, cost management, risk management, estimating using formal methods, supply chain, schedule management, forecasting, resource planning

  • Experience in lifecycle methodologies, technical governance and technical solutions relevant to the domains

  • Experience of technical business analysis or systems engineering, including requirements management

  • Experience of large-scale integrations, service orientated architecture and key technologies

  • Keen technical advocate and self-learner up to date with the latest technology and innovations; encourages and inspires those around them

Required Skills:

  • Concept of Operations Development

  • Test Engineering

  • Requirements Management

  • Requirements Analysis

  • Requirements Definition

  • Excel Workbook

  • Microsoft Visio

  • Microsoft Office

  • Technical Planning

  • Technical Management

  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis

  • Data Architecture

  • Performance Analysis

  • Configuration Management

  • Modelling and Simulation

  • Trade Studies

  • Technical Decision Making

  • Risk Management

  • Customer Management

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Systems Integration

  • Systems Architecting


  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

Work Experience

  • Engineering - Testing and Quality Assurance

  • Engineering - System Integration

  • Engineering - Systems


At Leidos we are PASSIONATE about customer success, UNITED as a team and INSPIRED to make a difference. We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance.
We provide an employment package that attracts, develops and retains only the best in talent. Our reward scheme includes:

• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Private Medical Insurance
• 33 days Annual Leave (including public and privilege holidays)
• Access to Flexible benefits (including life assurance, health schemes, gym memberships, annual buy and sell holidays and a cycle to work scheme)

  Dynamic Working 

Commitment to Diversity:

We welcome applications from every part of the community and are committed to a truly diverse and inclusive culture. We foster a sense of belonging, welcoming all perspectives and contributions, and providing equal access to opportunities and resources for everyone. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know, and we will respond in a way that best fits your needs.

Who We Are:

Leidos UK & EUROPE – we work to make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through technology, engineering and science.

Leidos is a growing company delivering innovative technology and solutions focused on safeguarding critical capabilities and transformation in frontline services, our work in the United Kingdom includes addressing some of the most complex problems in defence, healthcare, government, safety and security, and transportation.

What Makes Us Different:

Purpose: you can use your passion and abilities at Leidos to keep the people you care about safe. We are at the forefront of machine learning, AI, cyber security and solutions. Using your skills in the technology frontline by helping to build a safer world. You can inspire change.

Collaboration: having flexibility to do your job is one of our core benefits, enabling you to become part of our extraordinary team. We have been empowering our people to work flexibly for years. Whether you work from home, the office or on customer sites, we will give you the digital tools and the flexibility to work smarter and align your needs and ours.

People: Leidos empowers people from every background to be themselves and gives you the tools to learn new skills by enabling growth whilst developing. We believe that extraordinary people need opportunities to grow, to be inspired and to inspire others. At Leidos, we invest in technical academies, career rotations and a career development plans that enhance your future.

Pay Range:

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


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