Systems and Software Architect

South Wales or Chippenham, United Kingdom (UK), General Dynamics UK Limited [8448]

Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

General Dynamics Mission Systems:

General Dynamics Mission Systems engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of more than 13,000 top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defence and scientific arenas. In the UK, we employ more than 1,400 people and are leading the way in Armoured Fighting Vehicles, avionics and communication systems.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.

Purpose of Position:

As a Systems Architect and leading member of the General Dynamics Mission Systems in the UK technical team, you will have the opportunity to work on new solutions across a wide range of technologies. Your work will help shape where GD’s business goes in the future.

Working as part of a multi-disciplined engineering team that has adopted an Agile design and development framework, you lead the development of the system architecture for a complex tactical communications project beyond its current remit into new domains such as ISTAR and CEMA. You will be responsible for ensuring the architecture is flexible enough to support different implementations for export markets and varying customer applications and platforms. You will work collaboratively with our stakeholders and provide technical guidance to the other members of the team.

You will bring your experience of system engineering – including direct experience of ISTAR platform development – to the team and have the opportunity to propose and create new and novel solutions across a diverse range of technical challenges.

You will have deep Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) experience, being a recent practitioner familiar with tactical communications systems, the associated technologies and products, and with an understanding of the army user. You will also be a self-starter with a proven track record of delivering solutions on time and to budget. The Lead Systems Architect is a senior specialist role and consequently you will need to demonstrate experience delivering a wide range of military systems, services and capabilities including ISTAR, CEMA and TacCIS.


The successful applicant will lead a team extending our TacCIS Architecture. This responsibility includes deep customer and internal stakeholder engagement. Detailed responsibility:

  • State and communicate an architectural vision.
  • System Requirements development, including writing of un-ambiguous atomic requirements.
  • Architectural Design & Modelling using PTC Integrity Modeler.
  • System Design & Modelling using PTC Integrity Modeler.
  • Definition/Documentation of Architecture and System Design.
  • Conducting Trade Studies.
  • Change Management.
  • Design Verification and Design Proving.



  • Ability to state and communicate an architectural vision and back up with detailed technical knowhow.
  • Excellent understanding and experience of tactical communications systems.
  • Excellent understanding and experience of platform-based ISTAR systems, gained through active system design and development.
  • Knowledge of commercial IT architecture and technologies.
  • Ability to deliver challenging projects on time and to budget.
  • Good understanding of designing for specialist and support engineering considerations (including security, safety, ILS, human factors).


  • Knowledge of the BOWMAN/BCIP system.
  • Knowledge of NATO Standards for Interoperability.

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