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Cobham Mission Systems Discipline Team Lead – Requirements in Dorset, United Kingdom


Cobham Aerospace Connectivity are looking for a Systems Discipline Team Lead – Requirements. This role can be based from our offices in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Leatherhead or Hurn.

Cobham, the leading global technology and services innovator have a fantastic to work on our market leading products providing Microwave, RF antenna and Electronic Design within the Aerospace Connectivity Business Unit of Cobham’s Communications and Connectivity Sector. Our products are designed for air, land and sea to high specifications and with new products coming through you will be involved in exciting technical challenges.


Our technology

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity design and manufacture active and passive avionics antennas and electronic control systems for military and civil communications, navigation and search and rescue applications. We pioneered frequency agile VHF tuneable antennas and continue to be a key supplier to major avionics companies. Our GPS anti-jam technology utilises state of the art DSP algorithms with an active antenna to eliminate both narrow-band and wide-band jamming signals. We have world leading technology in Ground Penetrating Radar and RF interference mitigation. Both military and civil users rely on our direction finding systems for search and rescue operations. We develop and manufacture high specification sector and multi-sector, directional, omni-directional, ultra-wideband (UWB) and MIMO antennas.

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The Role

The systems discipline team lead has three main aspects, focused around capability, execution and people:


  • Drive capability improvement across all projects in the area of requirements management.


  • Support project execution, by introducing consistent approaches across all projects, providing advice, guidance and upskilling the team where appropriate.


  • Line management duties for a team of engineers, consisting predominately of requirements engineers but also include others from across the discipline.

A discipline team lead will support the head of discipline with the general operating rhythm of the function, and will work in close partnership with other discipline team leads who focus on key capability areas. They will be responsible for resource planning, regular people reviews, support estimation of new business opportunities and ensuring that process is followed through effective governance.


As a Systems Discipline Team Lead – Requirements, your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide technical leadership for the systems discipline.

  • Focus on driving consistency across all projects with a specific focus on Requirements Management, aligning to industry best practice.

  • Responsible for a team of engineers in a line management capacity, driving development through active performance management.

  • Flowing down engineering objectives to the team, reviewing progress through regular one-2-ones.

  • Support the maintenance of discipline skill matrices / competency assessments, driving growth at an individual and discipline level to meet future business demands.

  • Support the supply and demand load across various product groups, managing resource demands through individual growth, recruitment, training and succession planning.

  • Gather and review engineering inputs for the generation of estimates for bid opportunities, including signoff.

  • Ensure the team are applying strict adherence to process compliance, regulation and other business policies, achieving the required level of quality.

  • Providing expert advice and guidance across the discipline, including guidance on requirement management techniques across integrated project teams.

  • Identifying opportunities for productivity and cost improvements.

  • Protect the Intellectual Property rights of the company.

  • Ensure effective knowledge management approaches are embedded.

  • Ensure effective lessons learned approaches are utilised, to capture the information and ensure our processes are appropriately updated as a result on a continuous basis.

  • Generate future business cases to support the capability growth/sustainment of the discipline.


As a Systems Discipline Team Lead – Requirements, your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • A recognised technology based degree, supported by sufficient experience to prove application of systems engineering across the lifecycle, with specific expertise in Requirements Management.

  • A proven track record in leading requirements management activities in complex projects and driving process improvements across the engineering function.

  • Able to mentor and coach engineers, to increase knowledge of requirements management.

  • Proven experience in Systems Engineering within a safety critical industry, ideally with experience of ARP4754A.

  • Experience working in an environment where the team are located in different sites.

  • Ideally with line management / performance management experience, or at least demonstration of support to engineers focused on their individual growth.


About Cobham Aerospace Connectivity

Manufacturers of secure, reliable communications and navigation systems

We are innovative system integrators with a pedigree of capability in Communications, Navigation and Electronic Warfare for aerospace and defence. Through continual innovation, we are able to supply highly resilient, totally dependable systems with low through-life costs that deliver outstanding performance and value. Our air, land and maritime products include Antenna Systems, Anti-Jam GPS, Radio, Audio, Air Traffic Management Systems and Electronic Warfare.

Job Category

Job Category: Engineering

Primary Location: UK-England-Dorset

Organization: CCC - Aerospace Connectivity

Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: 22-Feb-2021, 5:51:45 AM

Recruiter: Cameron Hazell

Req ID: 323725