Lead Autonomous Systems Engineer

Lead Autonomous Systems Engineer

Job Title: Lead Autonomous Systems Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Plymouth
Salary: UP TO £70,000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: OS4719
Contact Name: Oli Solari
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 26, 2021 16:03

Job Description

Position: Lead Autonomous Systems Engineer

Location: Plymouth

Salary: Up to £70,000 & attractive benefits


The Company

Our client is seeking an experienced Autonomous Systems Engineer to drive the development of a new Autonomous vehicle for a UK Defence customer.

As the Lead Systems Engineer you will be responsible for delivery of communication, command & control aspects of the new vehicle.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a hugely talented team, where you will play a key role in the evolution & realisation of the company vision, to deliver cost effective autonomy to defence clients in the UK and abroad.

Role details

  • You will be responsible for driving the development of the command & control, navigation, communication & information system components of a new vehicle, built from the ground up with defence specific requirements incorporated 
  • You will be a key influence in building a strong development team ensuring the timely development of the new vehicle in line with project deadlines and company ambition
  • Your responsibilities will include overseeing system architecture design, planning, development, testing & qualification activities
  • Reporting progress to senior management & stakeholders throughout the life of the project
  • This broad-based & challenging role, encompasses concept development through to implementation, from embedded system firmware through to human interface software
  • The position will also present opportunities for some domestic & international travel, to support development, integration & system trial.


Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering field (i.e., Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering) or equivalent experience, plus proven relevant industry or academic R&D experience.
  • Technical expertise & subject matter expert in one or more of the following technical areas: control systems & autonomy, robotics middleware, embedded control systems, subsea navigation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and subsea acoustic communication & localisation.
  • Demonstrable experience in R&D and/or software development with some leadership experience.
  • Experience related to software and systems architecture, design, and system integration.
  • Display technical aptitude & sound analytical, decision making, problem solving & task prioritisation skills 
  • Proficient in the definition, analysis, and verification of system requirements
  • Experience programming in C/C++/Python or another relevant language
  • Hands on approach to design, development, and testing
  • Highly proficient ability to apply new information quickly & to effectively handle complex assignments
  • Self-motivated, innovative, willing to pursue new technical areas, capable of working independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly proficient ability in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
  • Knowledge/experience of robotics middleware frameworks such as MOOS or ROS.
  • Knowledge/experience in the undersea domain
  • Undersea system integration and testing experience
  • Relevant discipline interest and working knowledge, for example:
    • UUV or other autonomous vehicles
    • Robotic system guidance and control
    • Navigation and positioning
    • Subsea communication


Desirable Qualifications & Experience

  • Experience of working as part of a remote development team.
  • Experience with operating and developing for MOOS, ROS or RTOS systems.
  • Experience in building agent-based architectures/systems.
  • Experience with wireless sensor networks, and wireless communication protocols.
  • Familiarity with industrial control systems.
  • Full stack embedded system or IoT experience/experimentation, from bare-metal firmware through to user interface.
  • Familiarity with typical data storage approaches or solutions in distributed applications.
  • Familiarity with requirement management tools such as Jama, IBM Doors etc.
  • User Interface design and development
  • Experience with MATLAB Simulink


Please contact Oli Solari, in the first instance, for a more detailed discussion and to discuss your application