Senior Engineering Manager (Model Engineering & Applied Science), Defence

London | Defence

Join our defence and national security business and you’ll be helping users plan and train to meet the most complex security threats in the world. Working alongside experts in AI and Machine Learning, computational modelling and distributed systems, you’ll be putting multiplayer technology to life-saving use.

Your mission is to manage, lead and grow two critical engineering teams within our Customer and Partner Success division. You will be responsible for 2 direct reports (engineering managers) scaling this to 4 by 2022,

Team 1: Applied Science:

The Applied Science team aims to incorporate and couple existing models, or prototype new models; with the goal of satisfying the use cases of our customers. Whether this is for situational awareness, planning, training, static or simulation models, the Applied Science team populates the virtual world with useful content. The types of models built within the team include mathematical, statistical, simulation, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Team 2: Model Engineering Team


The model engineering team is focussed on creating & delivering robust, performant, scalable scientific models into production that run in simulation and sit at the heart of customer solution offering. Model Engineers work closely with the Applied Science team to create these models and the tooling to support them. 

Areas for Impact

  • You will run a significant segment of our engineering group; two functional groups at the customer solution end of our offering. There will be significant opportunity to grow out
  • You will grow successful senior engineers and engineering managers through collaborative development planning, coaching, and empowerment through strategic goals
  • You will proactively develop and promote top performers, particularly growing Principal Engineers and Engineering Managers
  • You will play a key role in performance reviews and promo reviews, creating the necessary structure and environment to set your teams up for success
  • You will have a strategic input, while retaining an appropriate level of hands-on management. You empower your managers and engineers to independently execute.  You provide context and visibility into the reasoning behind decisions
  • You are able to decompose complex problems into straight-forward solutions. You consistently bring strong, data-driven business and technical judgment to decisions
  • You understand the functionality, architecture, business drivers, and technologies behind the products and systems you own. You collaborate with EMs and Senior SWEs/Principals to determine the long-term viability of your software architecture, both from a business and technology standpoint

We'd like to hear from you if you identify with the following:

  • You an experienced senior engineering manager with a clear focus on managing the development and growth of engineering managers and software engineers. You ascribe to the idea of servant-leadership and are motivated by the success of your teams.
  • You have led high-performing, happy teams building complex modern software with particular influence over product strategy and delivery.
  • You have an excellent track record of delivering robust, performant, scalable scientific models into production that run in simulation
  • You consistently bring strong, data-driven business and technical judgment to decisions and clearly communicate trade offs and decisions to your team.
  • You are an empathetic communicator who can navigate tricky situations, having tough conversations where necessary, and being objective and structured in your approach to all personnel matters.
  • You have gained significant experience in a similar role within the defence sector (ideally delivering simulation, synthetics or decision support tooling to government or military) 
  • You come from a strong academic background, ideally within research or holding a doctorate (or equivalent)
Nb: While we think the above experience could be important, we can’t predict the future and so we’re keen to hear from applicants that believe they have valuable experience. If you identify with the team & mission, but not all of the suggestions, then please still apply


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