Systems Engineers and Technical Consultants

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Job Type:Full Time, Part Time


Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire

About the job


Do you have an inquisitive mind?

Do you love problem solving?

Are you passionate about information and intelligence systems, love understanding the enterprise level and want to protect the UK and help Save Lives?
The opportunity to draw together complex system and exploit state of the art research into the military to give our country the winning-edge awaits you.

We are looking for motivated Technical Consultants / Systems Engineers to apply analytical thinking and reasoning to diverse tasks, seeking out new, high-risk, high payoff technologies.
You'll be given the freedom to think and innovate; working with like-minded people, from within MOD, academia, industry and wider government who are passionate about delivering high quality technical solutions in a friendly and supportive environment.

You'll need to have experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • A motivation to apply critical thinking and problem solving to numerous Defence challenges.
  • The ability to apply systems thinking, engineering principles and scientific thoroughness.
  • Complex system design.
  • Technical consultancy.
  • A good understanding of information and intelligence systems, networks and processing.
  • Experience of working collaboratively including with industry and academia
  • Proven technical communication skills with a diverse array of government partners.

Job description

Ministry of Defence sensors capture hundreds of Terabytes of data per hour; images, radar, speech, text, maps. We must bring this avalanche of data together to access the vital insights and extract critical information that keeps our Defence and Security one step ahead of our adversaries. No one can read it all these days, so making the links and protecting the UK at home and abroad depends on coherent information and intelligence systems. These may include the sensors, the fusion of human & machine information, the infrastructure and the automated analysis to ensure the right people have the right information at the right time. That’s where you come in.

With a strong technical ability and the right personal skills you will get to know the problems of the military front line commands & beyond. Drawing together research and technology as part of the wider defence & security enterprise, we seek to develop the technological advantage to keep our Armed Forces safe. We also ensure we are focussing on adapting efficiently to the future in a fast paced world.
Working with the military and government community you will apply systems engineering and technical consultancy skills to understand their requirements, to help them understand what new technology can do to draw out intelligence from across the enterprise to make a real difference.

You'll work across the MOD, Government and with our partners in industry and academia in the UK and abroad.

As a prerequisite we ask for a strong ability for systems thinking, ability to work with military and government customers, build a broad understanding of a range of ‘information & intelligence’ technologies and how they link together, as well as innovation, drive and initiative.

We are seeking experienced Systems Engineers, information architects and technical consultants who wish to apply their expertise to real world challenges that Defence faces from the collection, fusion, analysis, understanding and dissemination of sensor data and intelligence information. Data and information fusion, and intelligence production is a priority technology area for Defence, and we encourage applications from specialists in this field.


Technical consultants & systems engineers in the Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) division, provide high impact expertise to MOD, Security Agencies and across UK Government departments. We are primarily focussed on developing the best tools and techniques to boost the processing and exploitation of information and intelligence to support national security through improved intelligence products. We achieve this by:

  • Working within multidisciplinary teams across the organisation and more widely, including UK government agencies and international partners.
  • Guiding and leading scientific research by industry and academia.
  • Working coherently with diverse partners across government.
  • Keeping knowledge and skills current in the rapidly developing field of information and intelligence systems.

We need you to have:
  • A proven interest in technical consultancy / systems engineering.
  • The ability to influence and work with senior military and government stakeholders, draw out their requirements and help them understand the art of the possible.
  • Experience in technical partnering, working with industry to guide them to deliver the most useful output from their projects.
  • The ability to interpret the requirements of a project and plan a programme of work to meet those requirements.
  • The ability to manage structured work programmes involving complex and/or multiple projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of ability to employ scientific research methods – analytical, independent, critical and curious analysis of data, literature reviews.
  • Experience of technical consultancy / systems engineering in complex technical environments.
  • Experience of working with and/or leading multi-organisational teams.

Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Experience of working in the digital, data science or machine learning/artificial intelligence sector
  • Experience in government intelligence production
  • Experience of working with the UK defence and security sector.
  • Experience of working with a diverse array of technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Experience of delivering high quality technical solutions.

  • The ability to plan for effective project implementation, often working closely with a project manager, including the management of tasks, people and resources to plan and budget.
  • An understanding of data science engineering – such as the design of algorithms, exploiting distributed computing techniques.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Systems Engineering and technical Consultancy


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

  • Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
  • Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
  • Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
  • Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
  • Chartership and accreditation support.
  • Pension.
  • Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Onsite gyms and restaurants.
  • Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Applications will be sifted shortly after the closing date and interviews will take place in February 2021.

Successful applicants invited to interview will undergo a combined Technical and behaviour based interview which will assess your experiences and behaviours relating to the requirements detailed in the attached job profile.
As part of the interview process you may be required to prepare a 10 minute presentation. Details of which will be provided in your invite.

During selection and while you are working with us, we’re happy to consider options other than 9-to-5 office-based work. Agile working is more than working flexibly — it’s about empowering and entrusting colleagues to think creatively about how, when and where they work, to deliver the best outcomes.
Agile working can mean:
  • part–time
  • job share
  • reduced hours
  • compressed hours
  • home working, or
  • other flexible arrangements.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

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