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Lead Systems Engineer

Gloucester, United Kingdom | General Electric

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    Energy / Renewable Energy / Oil & Gas
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An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced systems engineer to be part of our integrated propeller systems organisation. In this role, you will lead systems engineering and validation and verification activity for propeller systems, specialising in electronics and electrical products. You will contribute to integrated project teams, drive technical and process excellence, and be responsible for the delivery of assigned technical aspects of projects, spanning multiple products across our global business.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide systems engineering leadership and act as the technical interface to bridge and influence all stakeholders and functions within assigned projects

  • Application of validation and verification methodologies to qualification and certification of new products

  • Build relationships with customers and suppliers to define systems needs

  • Capture, understand and document all stakeholder requirements, from both external and internal customers

  • Challenge requirements to ensure products are efficiently specified

  • You may also be required to:

  • Review systems for hydraulic or electrically driven aircraft actuation systems

  • Manage system analysis, modelling and simulation

  • Define and review aircraft installation requirements for systems

  • Accountable for the effective delivery of the Systems Engineering activities within required timescales and budgets

  • Review tender documentation to ensure Systems Engineering best practice is embedded for new programmes

  • Contribute to the overall team development and growth through strategic inputs

  • Contribute to the development of a Systems Engineering approach to product development within the business

  • Embed the Systems Engineering approach into the business quality system

  • Develop methods and procedures to ensure EMI/HIRF requirements are accounted for and that ensure products can be qualified to DO160G

  • Own Dowty’s requirements for electronic systems, including electronic controllers, airframe interfacing requirements, electronic sensing and electronic control for hydraulic systems

  • Own power control and distribution for de-icing systems

  • Design requirements for electric motors, controllers and associated modelling


  • Degree in Electronics and/or Electrical Engineering, or equivalent knowledge, with significant experience in systems engineering for safety critical electrical and electronic products

  • In-depth experience of leading systems engineering, requirements management and verification and validation projects

  • Previous design and/or experience in aviation electronic systems or a similar highly regulated industry

  • Knowledge of DO-160G, DO-178B, DO-254 and ARP4754A.Conversant with ARP4671.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience of applying a systems engineering approach to integrated aircraft systems (e.g. a mix mechanical components and electro-hydraulic control systems)

  • An understanding of embedded software

  • Experienced in the use of modelling and simulation tools (MATLAB Simulink)

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Good problem solving and solution building skills

  • Understanding of generic system design philosophy and lifecycle from concept through to commissioning

A good appreciation of the following:

  • Capabilities and limitations of avionics communication busses

  • EMI/HIRF in a propeller environment and implication for propeller control systems and de-icing

  • Power distribution in de-icing and propeller systems

  • Electrical interfaces between sensors, effectors and control units

  • Motion and displacement sensing technologies

  • Electric motors, controllers and associated modelling

  • Electronic control for hydraulic systems

  • Direct and indirect effects of lightning strikes

  • Electrical and electronic design for safety critical systems

Flexible Working

GE supports and encourages flexible working arrangements, where possible, and recognises the benefits to employees of having a positive work-life balance.

Total Reward

At GE Aviation we understand the importance of Total Reward.Our flexible benefits plan, called FlexChoice, gives you freedom, choice and flexibility in the way you receive your benefits, as well as giving you the opportunity to make savings where possible.

As a new joiner to GE we are pleased to be able to offer you the following as default in your benefit fund, which you then can tailor to meet your individual needs;

  • Non-contributory Pension          

  • Life Assurance

  • Group income protection            

  • Private medical cover    

  • Holiday Hourly equivalent of 26 days, with flexible option to buy or sell

Security Clearance

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance is required and must be maintained for this role. Please note that in the event that BPSS clearance cannot be obtained, you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security. Please see the link below for further details regarding the requirements for BPSS clearance: BPSS

Right to Work

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, under the applicable UK immigration rules as may be in place from time to time, it may be that candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled candidate who does not require sponsorship is available to take up the post. 

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