System Engineer – Hybrid

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
UK, Europe & Africa
Closing date
14 Oct 2023

Job Details

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

BAE Systems’ DataBridge 6 is a market leading Lawful Intercept solution that’s deployed in communication (CSP) networks. Communications Service Providers CSP’s are in the spotlight like never before. As terrorists and organised criminals make increasing use of social media and smartphones to facilitate their crimes and activities, the data they generate – which is transported by CSPs – is of huge value to Law Enforcement and National Security Agencies. It now forms a key element in their efforts to monitor threats, detect crimes and investigate and prosecute criminals.

The DataBridge team has an exciting opportunity for an experienced System Engineer with a strong Linux systems background, to aid in the design, test and deployment of our solution into our customers’ networks. Our System Engineer will have high levels of interaction with internal and external stakeholders and they will be given a significant amount of autonomy so they can use their strong analytical skills to find solutions to complex software and hardware problems.

This role is hybrid with a mix of home based working and days in the Guildford office when required.

You will be responsible for owning the system requirements and system-level architecture, coordinating with the various development, test and deployment teams, and also some hands-on aspects - including setting up and configuring hardware, deploying the system to internal testing or customer premises, and training customers in the system’s use.

If this sounds like your next career move then apply now!

What you could be doing?

  • Working within a large multi-disciplinary team on customer & project based Systems Engineering;
  • Carrying out requirements analysis, evolution and development;
  • Customer liaison and being a technical lead and authority for projects;
  • Rapid proto-typing and development of demonstration systems;
  • Technical contribution to bids including estimation;
  • Customer support, fault investigation and troubleshooting.

What skills and experience are we looking for?

  • You will have a broad technical background: someone who can investigate, design, deploy and test software and platforms;
  • Experience with designing production systems. Methods of business continuity, disaster proofing, load balancing, data replication/backup and HA;
  • Good level of experience on the Linux command line and configuration of core Linux system services;
  • Strong knowledge of networking, common protocols, telecommunications networking, OSI model and traffic analysis;
  • Experience with virtualization and orchestration technologies (for example VMWare, Openstack, AWS);
  • Experience with KVM, ESXI and Xen hypervisors;
  • Configuration management technologies (Ansible, Chef, Puppet etc.);
  • You will be confident designing, configuring and maintaining statistics monitoring solutions such as ELK, TICK stacks. Preferably experience with Logstash, InfluxDB and Grafana;
  • Experience deploying and testing server hardening and security benchmarks such as CIS;
  • A highly motivated problem-solver, you will approach problems in a hands-on, practical manner;
  • Excellent team worker and able to understand other roles in the team and how to help each othe;
  • Quickly learn and apply new technologies and able to think on your feet in a fast paced environment.

Other useful skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of web UI and front end architecture;
  • Moderate scripting abilities using BASH, Python or Perl;
  • Understanding of software test approaches, frameworks, tools and test automation techniques; ideally at a range of levels: unit, integration and system test;
  • An understanding of the principles of version control and release management. Ideally with experience of a version control tool such as Git or Perforce;
  • An understanding of Agile practices and frameworks;
  • Moderate background in Windows Server and Windows domain (Active directory, Group Policy etc.);
  • Server hardware knowledge; Background on REST APIs; MySQL database experience.

How we will support you:

  • Work-life balance is important; you’ll get 25 days holiday a year and, via our flexible benefits package the option to buy/sell and carry over from the year before;
  • Our flexible benefits package includes; private medical and dental insurance, a competitive pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, taste cards and more;
  • You’ll have a dedicated Career Manager to help you develop your career and guide you on your journey through BAE;
  • Don’t know a particular technology? Your learning and development is key to your future career;
  • You’ll be part of our bonus scheme;
  • You are welcome to join any/all of our Diversity and Support groups.  These groups cover everything from gender diversity to mental health and well being.

Security Clearance

Only those with the permanent and unrestricted right to live and work in the UK will be considered. Due to the nature of our work, successful candidates for this role will be required to go through Government security clearance prior to starting with us.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

Why work for us
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence plays a significant role in keeping our country safe and it’s something we’re extremely proud of. We’re a team who enjoy making “things” and understanding how technology works. We are a diverse group of experts who are working at the forefront of technology, exploring how we can solve some unique challenges in support of our customers and their critically important national security wor.

Training and development
We offer a blend of professional and technical training and learning on the job, while being supported by the very best in the industry to make sure you hit the ground running. We empower you to take responsibility, with the ability to work on cutting-edge, industry-leading technology projects, where you make a real difference. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.

Whilst your career is your own, you will be encouraged and supported to attain industry recognized qualifications.

Graduate schemes
We run three graduate programmes; engineering, project management, and consulting.

  • Our engineering programmes require a 2.2 degree (some require 2.1) in a relevant tech/cyber or STEM subject
  • The project management and consulting programmes require a 2.2 degree from any discipline.

The graduate programmes are designed to give you ownership of your career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience to help you succeed. Initially, you will be part of our Future Talent Community and be assigned a career manager, who will support and guide you throughout your career with us. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career .

What we are looking for
We’re looking for people who are hungry for a technical challenge, want a noble and rewarding mission, enjoy making things or understanding how technology works, who want to develop their skills and enjoy solving complex problems. In particular, we’re looking for:

  • Graduates typically in the fields of cyber/tech/computer science, electrical and electronic engineering, physics, mathematics (we do offer consultancy graduate programmes, which are open to any discipline).
  • Software developers/engineers, electronic engineers, DSP engineers, FPGA developers, front-end developers, consultants.

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Several locations around the world

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Software engineers/developers, electronic and electrical engineers, roles in digital signal processing FPGA, computer vision scientist. We are looking to significantly expand our wireless and cross domain capabilities. Roles recently fulfilled are our wireless product engineer (physics, maths, compsci and EEE) and engineering and physics graduate roles

Desired degree disciplines/class
The majority of our graduate programmes will accept a 2.2 degree in a relevant tech/cyber or STEM subject. Some roles require 2.1 in physics, mathematics, computer science, electronic and electrical engineers or 2+ years industry experience as one of digital signal processing FPGA developer, software developer, front-end developer or electronic engineer

Eligible to work in the UK

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Closing date
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Surrey Research Park
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