Air Systems Principal Engineer

  • Department: Software Solutions & Products
  • Job Location: Bristol
  • Reports to: Head of Technical Advice & Support
  • Type: Permanent


Technical Advice & Support (TAS) is one of several business teams operating within SEA’s Software Solutions & Products (SSP) Division. It provides short to medium term technical expertise to the Defence & Security markets, working with a range of defence companies and the MOD. One of TAS’ major branches is Air Systems, which delivers Airworthiness and Regulatory support to DE&S, a number of Defence Primes and oversea clients. TAS now requires a Principal Engineer to take the lead for all Airworthiness, Certification and Regulatory projects.

Job Role

Your main task will be to provide Airworthiness and Regulatory engineering expertise to support the delivery of a number of critical projects. This requires the application of systems engineering and Air domain expertise to:

  • Act as:
    • SEA’s Air Systems Technical Advisor
    • Technical Lead for Airworthiness and Regulatory Areas in Air Systems.
  • Lead delivery of technical outputs in airworthiness and regulatory contracts in the Air Domain.
  • Manage the SQEP process for Air Systems employees and associates.

This is a great opportunity which will require you to:

  • Have the aptitude and enthusiasm to play a supporting role in developing the Air Systems Business Area. Strong communication skills, written, oral and presentational are required.
  • Have strong customer/stakeholder relationship management skills, with the ability to operate credibly at one star/Director level.
  • Have an ability to use own initiative and be capable of hands on problem-solving, with the ability to generate ideas and solutions.
  • Be extremely well organised and with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively.
  • Be effective and experienced people manager, with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using excellent leadership and communications skills.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of financial management.

Experience Required

You will be expected to have:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Military Airworthiness Regulation and aircraft certification.
  • Proven recent Air domain experience, preferably within the UK MOD.
  • Significant Defence sector experience.
  • Knowledge of business practices in the UK MOD.
  • Be computer literate – an experienced user of MS Windows and MS Office products, particularly Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Internet Explorer.
  • Have an Engineering-related degree.

You will ideally have:

  • An additional (2nd) degree in an associated subject will be highly advantageous.
  • Experience of the UK Armed Forces as an Aircraft Engineer.
  • Understanding of the Civil Air Regulatory domain.
  • Business planning experience.
  • Defence consultancy experience.
  • Previous experience of MOD Procurement practices.
  • Experience of large/complex projects – including negotiation of terms, managing teams.
  • Project Management experience would be highly desirable

Interested in this role?

Please send your CV and covering letter to: