• Chief Systems Engineer

    Posted Date 1 month ago(30/10/2019 14:26)
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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 growing its systems engineering capability group to meet the need of customers and to address the opportunities within our market sectors.


    Costain’s Systems Approach implements systems thinking & systems engineering principles, practices and tools to discover, design, develop and deploy resilient systems. To deliver the transformational changes for our clients and grow the capability we are recruiting a Chief Systems Engineer.

    What will I be doing?

    The Chief System Engineer will build positive and productive working relationships with customers for business growth. They will be responsible for supporting existing opportunity pursuits; identifying future business opportunities and managing relationships with key clients, existing or not; identify opportunities for proactive growth in line with strategy; Support or lead development of material needed to communicate Costain’s systems engineering services and value proposition; produce tender proposals and undertake and deliver project work.


    They will be expected to open access to new business contacts, support development of the Systems Approach capability strategy, provide insight to enable alignment of Costain’s systems approach service offering to the opportunities within the market; create new revenue streams for Costain’s systems engineering approach.


    As a Chief Systems Engineer they will not only be educating customers on the benefits of Costain’s Systems Approach but also manage multiple projects, breaking down barriers for the team and both planning at a higher level oversee daily activities of delivery team and provide direction and guidance as needed and getting into the detail to make things happen when needed. Also defining project needs and feeding these into the System Engineering teams which will enable resource to be appropriately allocated.


    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Implementing strategic and operational tasks as directed and required to ensure excellent leadership, motivation and sustainable growth of the systems-based approach capability team;
    • Supports analysis and technical planning of systems engineering activities at all levels of the total system product including concept, modelling, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal;
    • Planning, managing, supporting and delivery to the highest standards possible all system-based approach activities both directly and indirectly to ensure delivery within technical, schedule, and cost constraints;
    • Lead creation of Case Studies to capture problem(s) solved, value the systems-based approach capability team added and the wider benefits provided to the customer.

    About you

     Essential skills


    • Highly skilled in systems thinking, systems engineering & systems integration;
    • Proven track record of establishing new business for Systems Engineering services;
    • Proven experience of developing new systems-based approach teams / capability groups;
    • Proven track record of supporting work winning activities for Systems Engineering services;
    • Can provide evidence of supporting marketing activities by attending trade exhibitions, conferences and other marketing events;
    • Proven skills in developing and maintaining long-term relationships with Clients through managing and interpreting their requirements;
    • Highly skilled in facilitation and can demonstrate the ability to coordinate and leading groups through the journey to reach desired outputs by asking the right questions, using the right technique etc. bringing to the surface essential information and insight that leads to the development of material to satisfy the objectives;
    • Project Management - Can provide evidence of ability to plan and organise to time, cost and quality completion of own workload, workload of their direct reports and others as appropriate;

    Desired Skills


    • Systems Engineering degree;
    • Certified SEP (CSEP)
    • Highly skilled in, and application of, MBSE;
    • Highly skilled in, and use of, Requirements Management Tools;
    • Working knowledge of multidisciplinary projects.

    Proven communication skills including:

    Written – reports, papers etc.

    Verbal – able to negotiate priorities and to resolve conflicts among project stakeholders (such as customers, engineering and management);

    IT literate with the ability to use and integrate Microsoft Office packages – word, excel, etc.






    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, 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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