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Saab Global

Lead Software Engineer

Fareham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 6 June 2024


Saab UK is part of Scandinavia’s largest defence company, bringing together the best of Swedish and British innovation. Saab offers world-leading solutions and services in defence, aviation, space, and civil security to keep people and society safe. Our UK presence has been growing at pace, meaning we can offer a wide range of opportunities for personal fulfilment and career growth. We currently employ over 500 people across eight sites in the UK, and our specialisations include software engineering, underwater robotics, radars, AI, and armed forces training.

As part of the global entity Saab AB, Saab UK combines the innovative spirit of a start-up with the resources and expertise of a larger corporation. Globally, Saab employs over 22,000 people, with operations on every continent. Our partnerships with UK customers and industry mean we are able to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, anticipating the threats of tomorrow. We invest 23% of our annual revenue into research and development, collaborating with a range of partners including industry and academia.

Saab is a company that offers our employees plenty of opportunities for growth and advancement. We embrace diversity and are committed to providing a workplace where individuals can thrive professionally, paving the way for future progression. We also recognise the need for a healthy work-life balance to ensure our staff have the chance to live a fulfilling life beyond the workplace.

The Role:

To lead multiple concurrent software development activities, directing and managing software engineers in the delivery of technical solutions for new and existing products. Build and enhance software engineering principles with the appropriate latest technologies delivering projects to cost and timescale budget.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities:

  • Software Engineer with min 7 years' experience as a Senior Engineer

  • Able to demonstrate expertise and experience in software used on industrial/vehicle/vessel systems

  • Broad understanding of software from embedded though to applications

  • Leading multi-disciplined teams of software engineers

  • Able to develop a software architecture for complex systems from scratch

  • Sound understanding of modern software methods and technologies

  • Able to maintain a system level approach and not get lost in the detail

  • Able to develop system level requirements and derive lower level requirements to achieve these

  • Sound understanding of safety concepts and design

  • Able to interface directly with customers

  • Able to act as a technical authority

  • Able to communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders

  • Able to estimate work content and duration

  • Able to plan work loading for teams ensuring no team member is overloaded

  • Able to develop and instigate processes to ensure industry best practice is achieved

  • Able to ensure appropriate levels of Software Quality are achieved for projects

  • Able to mentor and develop junior engineers

  • Ability to delegate tasks

  • Able to manage resources and budgets

  • Practical understanding of standards and application of standards

  • Appreciation of Cyber Security and the impacts on design

Essential Skills: Able to demonstrate technical leadership for software skills in most of the following technologies on both Windows and Linux:

  • C++

  • C

  • RTOS

  • Linux

  • Windows

  • Javascript

  • Software test

  • Software Version control

  • Docker

  • TCP-IP / UDP

  • SQL or other databases

  • Dev tools (Wireshark, system log interrogation etc..)

  • Databases

  • Cyber Security

  • API’s

Desirable Skills:

  • CAN / LIN Buses

  • Serial  Buses (RS485 / RS232 etc..)

  • SPI / I2C

  • Python

  • Go

  • XML

  • JSON

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • Web backend servers (Angular, Django, NodeJS, React, Apache or similar)

  • Web Sockets

  • IP video and video routing

  • Familiarity with Systems serving Real Time Information via Web Sockets

  • Use of DDS and interfacing with it

  • Message Queues (Active MQ/Rabbit MQ/ZeroMQ)

  • GUI Development experience (.Net GUI framework, Qt 6.2 or previous versions)

  • Developing and debugging software for application software in Visual studio (2013, 2017, 2022)

  • Simulation Tools

General accountabilities and responsibilities:

  • To use personal judgement and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to challenges and obstacles in day to day activities and procedures within the specified role.

  • To maintain personal ability in, and appropriate use of, all relevant IT (Information & Technology) and other systems required to adequately perform the role.

  • To act ethically, with integrity and in the best interest of the business at all times.

  • To maintain a professional and supportive relationship with team members and other departments in order to deliver business and delivery objectives or deadlines.

  • To carry out any other duties as detailed by your Supervisor or Manager from time to time.

  • To keep good time management to minimise any wasted time and maximise productivity and effectiveness.

Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE)

  • Cooperate with the company to achieve a healthy, safe and sustainable working environment.

  • Work in ways that ensure your own safety and that of others; “Do the right thing even when no one is looking.”

  • Report any incidents, near misses or other health, safety and environmental concerns.

  • Deliver all products and services in line with Saab Seaeye quality standards to ensure we meet our customer requirements and highlight any quality concerns or potential improvements.