You have proven yourself at Senior Systems level; you have worked as a team lead and feel the time is right to now lead a department. Our esteemed defence client are seeking a Head of Systems to manage a department out of Basildon. Head Of Systems Engineering Vacancy Details Description Head Of Systems Engineering To lead and manage the UK Land and Naval Division Systems Engineering Team to meet the design and development goals related to cost, schedule and performance. This relates to all development projects and support to business winning. The role includes maintaining and developing the competence of systems engineering resources, processes and tools to meet the current and future needs of the Business Areas. Governance Reporting to the Head of Engineering based in the UK within the Land & Naval Electronic Systems Division. Provides a UK Focus for Systems Engineering. Supports the Governance and Control of Systems Engineering activities including the assignment of Systems Engineers to product development, contract delivery and support to customer proposals. Based in either Southampton or Basildon and with UK and occasional international travel. Contributes to, and is governed by, the Strategic Plans of the Land and Naval Division with specific reference to the Systems Engineering function. Key Responsibility Areas Leadership of the Systems Engineering function including tools, technologies and methods. Managing the associated financial aspects of a department of approximately 60 engineers and achieving target levels of recoveries from direct bookings. Authority for the authorisation of robust Systems Development Plans ensuring they are developed and resourced to meet the schedule, cost and performance requirements of the business and its various market sectors. The allocation of Systems Engineers to IPTs across UK Land & Naval Division and the management of mismatches between workload and headcount. Agreeing with Design Integrity an appropriate level of tailoring of functional processes for each product development commensurate with the levels of risk and cost set by the Line of Business. Authorisation of Systems Engineering cost estimation. Responsible to the Head of Engineering for the Systems Engineering performance of all delivery activities across the UK Land & Naval Division. Promoting Systems Engineering capability within the organisation, identifying collaboration and reuse opportunity and sharing resources in order to maximise utilisation and ensure benefit to the wider (Italy & UK) Land & Naval Division. Ensuring the accurate reporting of agreed Metrics from IPTs to the Head of Engineering. Leading and promoting a culture of continuous improvement towards industry best practise Behaviours fully consistent with the values. Proven personal background in Systems development across all lifecycles phases, with an understanding of large scale Systems Integration upon one or more platforms. An ability to balance required integrity against acceptable costs / available budgets ensuring optimised solutions for the business. Strong leadership and organisational abilities with excellent communication skills. Able to successfully influence and drive change through a discipline. Mentoring and team development capability. Strong capacity to build effective working relationships across the (Italy & UK) Land & Naval Division engineering discipline. Understanding of the wider Systems Engineering discipline and related technology trends. Confidence and ability to respond effectively to challenges that may be technical, process based or people related.