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Technical Authority - Aircraft Systems Architect

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

We are looking for an Aircraft Systems Architect who can operate at the highest of levels (Technical Authority/Fellow). Responsible within the Global CTO organization for Horizon 3 system developments from requirements elucidation through to systems implementation and in service operation.  In this role you will lead a multidisciplinary team of system architects and systems engineers developing the holistic system.  Your initial focus will be on the research and development of systems for hydrogen and hydrogen electric aerospace vehicles where you will lead the systems development of a large hydrogen electric propulsion system and hydrogen fuel system.

We are also looking for someone who will inspire minds, lead process with the local and transnational systems teams.  The role will contribute to the development, coaching and positioning of internal capability strategically for the E&T team with GKN.

This is an exciting and potentially career defining opportunity. You will be an integral member of a team that is embarking on a significant and challenging technology development project; this project will be a major steppingstone towards achieving greener aviation thus helping protect our environment for future generations.

Job Responsibilities

Responsible for the development of Horizon 3 systems with a focus on the development of hydrogen power and propulsion as well as hydrogen fuel systems reporting to the Product Group Director New Air-Vehicle Concepts
Ensure that systems requirements are captured, managed and developed into design solutions and validated products
Responsible to ensure the development of optimal (at air-vehicle level) holistic Horizon 3 systems from architectural level through to hardware and software embodiment at item and component level
Manage the Systems team, potentially consisting of programme partners, Supplier Managers, other System Architects, Systems Engineers and University Partners
Manage and maintain system work package budgets, reporting and schedule, including forecasting resources required
Ensures the development and insertion of Technology Development Plans (TDP), cost models and Technology Business Cases (TBC) for system technologies
Work as a key member of the Systems Community of Practice (CoP) and Center of Competence (CoC) further developing systems engineering capability across GKN Aerospace globally
Working alongside legal and procurement organization to oversee related equipment subcontracts through appoint subsystem responsible to ensure on time, on cost and on quality delivery to the project
Ensure that verification planning and test requirements capture system requirements and are adequately validated
Compliance with all risk assessments and company Environment, Health & Safety Procedures relevant to all work activities. Reporting of all accidents and near misses as per the company’s procedure and implementation of identified corrective actions. Maintain good standards of housekeeping in designated work area(s)
Provide technical support to regulatory discussions with governing bodies (CAA/FAA/EASA)

PhD in the domain of systems engineering and at least 5 years relevant experience as a systems architect or Degree qualified and at least 10 years relevant experience as a systems architect
Experience in the architectural development of electrical and fluid systems
Excellent understanding of aircraft design and the impact upon systems architectural development and vice versa
Experience in requirements based engineering (e.g. DOORs Next)
Experience in Functional systems development (e.g. Ansys SCADE Architect/Suite and or Rhapsody)
Experience in safety assessment, including FHA, FTA, FMEA/FMECA etc. (e.g.Medini Analyze)
Experience in multi-domain physical modelling (e.g. MATLAB/Simulink/Simscape and/or Twin Builder etc.)
Excellent communication skills - oral, written and presentation
Flexibility in approach
Eligibility to gain UK Security Clearance