• Principal Systems Engineer

    Job Locations UK
    Posted Date 3 months ago(07/11/2018 14:59)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


    Costain are delivering the works associated with Davenport accepting the Astute Class Submarine into their Dry Docks. Maintaining a consistent and coherent set of requirements and assurance documentation is particularly challenging to this multi-disciplinary project where a large number of discrete work packages are working in tandem towards a set of common performance and functional requirements.


    To deliver the scope of work we are implementing a Systems Engineering approach. The System Engineering Team is responsible for developing and managing robust requirements, leading technical assurance, planning Validation, Verification and Systems Integration activities and providing configuration control for the integration and assurance frameworks of the projects.


    This role will be responsible for ensuring that a complete and consistent set of requirements for dry docks and associated systems are specified and that these requirements are fully satisfied in the delivered systems. The successful candidate in the delivery of their responsibilities will enable the project to demonstrate that products developed provide the specified functionality and that they will ultimately be able to demonstrate through assurance evidence to the customer that the minimal viable products have been achieved.

    What will I be doing?

    The successful candidate will report to the Requirements Engineering Manager and will have the following day to day duties:

    • Deliver high quality functional/non‐functional requirements and associated verification / validation;
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of requirements specific to a work package and provide insight into the context and rationale of the requirement;
    • Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, storyboards, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, event lists, business analysis, competitive product analysis, task and workflow analysis, and/or viewpoints;
    • Write requirements specifications according to standard templates, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely;
    • Decompose from higher level requirements down to an appropriate level of detail suitable for use by those must base their work on the requirements;
    • Lead requirements analysis, verification and validation, ensuring that requirement statements are complete, consistent, concise, comprehensible, traceable, applicable, feasible, unambiguous, verifiable and that they conform to standards;
    • Manage requirements traceability information and track requirements status throughout the project;
    • Identify requirements errors and defects, and write requirements defect identification and notification reports;
    • Support the establishment and implement of effective requirements practices, including use and continuous improvement of requirements processes;
    • Support the development of the project requirements engineering policies, procedures, and tools.
    • Support training on requirements development and management to the project team and suppliers to ensure appropriate practices are followed for project success;

    About you

    • Qualified with a relevant technical degree;
    • Proven track record and a solid understanding of requirements elicitation, analysis, specification, verification, validation and management practices and the ability to apply them in practice; familiarity with requirements engineering books and resources;
    • Analytical skills, to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high level information into details, abstract up from low level information to a more general understanding, distinguish presented user requests from the underlying true needs, and distinguish solution ideas from requirements;
    • Facilitation skills, able to talk with individuals and groups in one to one situations or workshops about their needs and ask the right questions to surface essential requirements information:
    • Proven communication skills including:
      • Written – reports, papers, reports, papers and verbally
      • Verbal – able to negotiate priorities and to resolve conflicts among project stakeholders (such as customers, engineering and management);
    • Demonstrable organisational skills, including the ability to work with the vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis and to cope with rapidly changing information.
    • Knowledge and use of IBM Rational tools, such as DOORs.

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme. 


    At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


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