Project Chief Engineer - Infrared Detectors

Source: Talent GB

The Opportunity

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for a Project Chief Engineer. Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK.

An opportunity has arisen for you to take on the role of Project Chief Engineer within the Infrared Detector business of Leonardo. You will be a recognised domain expert, who engages with project teams, engineers, and customers to help define & realise appropriate technical solutions. The role gives you the opportunity to work with the technology & people at Leonardo’s world class Infrared Detector centre of excellence in Southampton, United Kingdom. Leonardo’s infrared detector products are utilised in a range of applications including military, commercial, space, and astronomy. This range of varied customer applications brings a rewarding variety to the role, as does the technology, which includes cooled infrared focal plane arrays, photoconductor detectors & uncooled pyroelectric devices. You will be the technical signatory for the portfolio of infrared detector products & technologies. As such, you will be responsible for ensuring compliance for product design, safety and integrity. This role provides technical oversight, governance & support to a team of highly skilled design engineers and product design authorities. If you have a background in electro-optics and are an independent, proactive, enthusiastic person, with strong technical & leadership skills, then this role may be perfect for your next career move.


  • Flexible working: We offer our employees the time & flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours & part time options
  • Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based & onsite
  • Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.
  • Network groups : To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for o Carers (employees caring for families or friends) o Enable (supporting people with disabilities) o Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce) o Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals) o We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).
  • Training : Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
  • Continuous Learning : You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training & mentoring
  • Investors in People : We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award
  • Employee Assistance Programme : Providing free & confidential mental health support
  • Annual leave: We offer 25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays & 8 flexi days
  • What you will do

    The key responsibilities of the role are as follows:

  • Support the generation of technical concepts and designs by ensuring compliant solutions are provided to internal and external customers
  • Ensure the required product design reviews are held and that the inputs into the reviews are of sufficient technical quality.
  • Proactive support of the design team to ensure compliance with the Leonardo design review and product release process.
  • Ensure that the integrity of design is upheld as the technical signatory for the products within the business area
  • Be the technical signatory for the portfolio of infrared detector products and technologies
  • Track and report on technical issues and provide technical leadership and support to facilitate their resolution.
  • Encourage a mind-set of continuous improvement for the team and products to ensure we grow and learn
  • Engage with stakeholders to help shape future technology and product development roadmaps
  • What we are looking for

    The following skills and experience are required for the role:

  • Educated to a degree level in a physics/engineering-related subject (essential)
  • Previous experience of technical leadership of multi-disciplined engineering teams through product design and development (essential)
  • Strong understanding and proven track record of engineering lifecycles and processes relating to product development (essential)
  • A strong understanding and experience in the domain of electro-optics and/or infrared technology (essential)
  • Experience of design for compliance to legislation requirements/directives/regulations such as RoHS, REACH, and Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations (desirable)
  • Experience of applying systems-thinking to the design process (desirable)
  • Experience of working within the defence industry (desirable)
  • We are relentless about inclusion. We understand an inclusive environment is one that welcomes everyone as they are. We see diversity as a strength. We still have some way to go to achieving diverse teams across our whole business. We would like you to be part of our journey to creating that better balance and welcome applications from all individuals from all walks of life as we build a stronger company together.

    41 minutes ago

    Southampton, England


    Full Time

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