The System Engineering division at the SKA maintains the Observatory technical definition and compliance along with analysis for change control. It manages system requirements and interfaces and ensures the technical adequacy of verification.
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties
The System Engineering division is responsible for the definition of technical process: Requirements, Architecture, Design, Analysis, Integration, Verification and Validation in accordance with standard ISO/IEC 15288.
The System Engineer division works closely with other business functions such as Project Engineering, Software Engineering, Project Management and Mission Assurance to meet project milestones.
This role will report to the Senior Systems Engineer for the Observatory and will be part of team of six system engineers. This particular role will take on responsibility for complex system engineering tasks. This will require an expert in problem solving and system thinking.
Understand and interpret user requirements, system and product requirements, functional and non-functional requirements.
Maintain functional architecture throughout the project lifecycle and functional diagram when required.
Define tests to demonstrate design compliance, ensuring end-to-end traceability.
Plans, organises and manages gateway reviews and peer reviews
Manages system baseline documents, including systems requirements documents, interface documents, engineering diagrams, and instrumentation diagrams throughout the whole lifecycle of the system.
Support system integration, verification and validation to test and analyze performance and compliance.
Work effectively in a matrix style of organisation, working effectively with a range of stakeholders internal and external to the Observatory.
Solve organisational and project challenges as they pertain to system engineering activity.
Take part in the acceptance testing such as FAT (factory acceptance test) at supplier premises and ITF (integration test facility) in host countries and SAT (Site acceptance test) to ensure compliance of the delivery and subsequently advise on corrective actions when necessary.
Mandatory Knowledge, Skills and Experience
University degree in maths, physics, science or engineering or equivalent experience.
Membership of, or eligibility for, membership of, recognised national or international system engineering institutes
Considerable experience (typically at least 10 years of experience) of system engineering with proven technical knowledge and experience
Experience in system engineering lifecycle stages, processes, and gate reviews, working in a multidisciplinary team.
An expert understanding and experience of using system thinking techniques and methodology.
Proficiency in requirement definitions, traceability and evidence based compliance using JAMA or DOORS.
Industry experience, and/or a track record in successful collaborative links with industry.
Demonstrable understanding and enthusiasm for working based on lean/agile principles.
Self-motivated with an ability to problem solve and make effective decisions within a project with design complexity and uncertainty
Excellent communication and influencing skills with distributed, highly specialised project teams and stakeholders, across international boundaries and time zones, involving a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
A flexible team player who is adaptable to change.
Able and willing to travel to SKA partner sites world-wide as necessary and when possible in the context of any international travel restrictions (travel for this sort of role has typically been for up to one week 4-6 times per year).
Able and willing to represent the SKA Office in international and other forums, able to work closely with regional SKA management staff from a variety of cultures, and willingness to travel to SKA members' countries.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Knowledge of SAFE, agile, scrum, RAM and/or safety
Experience in at least one of the aforementioned areas (SAFE, agile, scrum, RAM, safety)
Experience of commissioning large complex systems
Demonstrable interest in astronomy, with an understanding of the challenges of telescopes like the SKA.
Recognised regionally or internationally for technical skills and experience with unique, authoratitive knowledge in the field of systems engineering