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Key accountabilities:

1. Devising of systems architectures (and/or related concepts) which capture the problem to be solved and/or essential features (form, structure, characteristics, principles) of the outline solution

2. Engaging with customers, other stakeholders, suppliers, other technical disciplines to help develop an appropriate understanding of the problem and to form the bases of viable solutions

3. Performing more than one of generating, elaborating and evaluating systems architectures

4. Directs technical documentation in support of work carried out

5. Delivers work and reports on progress to project leads and customers

6. Anticipates and escalates major problems with appropriate business and professional discipline staff

7. Plans and structures own work

8. Understands and applies relevant regulatory, safety and technical standards to work and supports compliance

9. Responsible for managing the output of assigned junior systems architects.

Particular skills/experience required:

1. Architecting of complex engineered systems

2. Naval combat systems/mission systems, maritime T&E, air ISTAR and/or army C2 domain knowledge

3. Architecture description using appropriate notations and tools

4. Architecture generation

5. Architecture evaluation techniques.

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:

• Natural systems thinker

• Enjoys addressing unknowns

• Able to partition between discipline technologies and integrate relevant disciplines using architecture as a basis

• Able to document and communicate architectures and architecting issues (such as safety, security, human factors)

• Able to manage multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders whilst building and maintaining excellent relationships

• Able to employ excellent negotiation and presentation skills

• Able to communicate effectively with people at all levels, both internally and externally

• Leadership skills with confidence supported by professionalism and competence

• Self-motivated, with a ‘can-do’ attitude

• Collaborative to build a ‘one team’ outlook

• Works flexibly

• Ability to (where required) work on several projects simultaneously

• Experience in at least one relevant application domain – we will consider individuals with varying levels of experience, including those moving into systems architecting from relevant backgrounds e.g. software architecting.

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