Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate


System Integration and Test Automation (SITA) Engineering Manager

Ref 8042 Location South Wales - Oakdale Job Type Engineering Contract Type Permanent About General Dynamics Mission Systems

General Dynamics Mission Systems engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of more than 13,000 top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defence and scientific arenas. In the UK, we employ more than 1,400 people and are leading the way in Armoured Fighting Vehicles, avionics and communication systems. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.

Purpose of Position

The System Integration and Test Automation (SITA) Engineering Managerwill provide technical leadership and governance for the SI&T activities on a complex tactical land environment tactical communications system of systems integration project that will be delivered using a Continuous Delivery methodology. The SI&T engineering teams are responsible for system and system of systems-level integration activities and for release testing of incremental system baselines, predominantly using automated testing techniques that use virtualized representations of specialized military-grade hardware. To this end, the SITAEngineering Managerwill champion built-in quality, will drive cost efficiencies by introducing test automation at scale using the Agile Test Quadrant to identify all aspects that would benefit from an automated environment, and will ensure adherence to best test practice. Formal verification and validation will use a combination of automated and manual test activities on the target hardware.

The SITA Engineering Manager will also support bid-type activities, scoping and costing the integration and test elements. As part of the role, the SITAEngineering Managerwill define the integration and test standards across System and System-of-System-level testing, assuring system integrity and addressing the inherent challenges of integrating a complex tactical communications system with geographically distributed hardware and software that is often without the support of any fixed infrastructure. In so doing, the SITAEngineering Managerwill build on existing integration and test policies and processes by incorporating the latest techniques, frameworks, and technologies. In addition, they will lead exploratory/prototyping activity as required to continually improve the test environment.

The role requires the SITA Engineering Manager to form strong relationships at a senior level across GD engineering functions, customer representatives, and third-party organisations, leading on how strategic test initiatives and ways of working are agreed and adopted throughout the enterprise. In relation to this, the SITA Engineering Manager will also be responsible for building and maintaining a system emulation/ virtualisation environment, which third-party developers will use to demonstrate and test their code before uploading the final software baseline


- Analyse bid requirements and transpose those into a cost effective, compliant System Integration and Test Automation solution
- Lead, direct and evolve the evolution of test environments to continuously deliver operational capability improvements, increase efficiency and reduce overall cost
- Oversee the definition of test requirements, specifications, procedures and scripts, utilizing system and product-level specifications, design collateral and System Use Cases
- Test and assure systems to agreed requirements and performance envelopes
- Foster a continuous improvement culture to progressively evolve the SITA capability
- Provide leadership to and governance over the SITA team operating within an ITSM framework
- Provide advice and governance over third-party test organisations
- Build and maintain productive relationships with senior stakeholders internally within GD and externally across Customer representatives and third-party organisations
- Define and publish all integration, automation, test and acceptance processes
- Manage all test results and associated data, including bug management and resolution
- Oversee the production of test reports and associated test conclusions, - including provision of metrics data
- Evangelise and train test and automation techniques that enable quality, increase efficiency, and reduce cost and waste
- Support the System Engineering team in defining a software architecture strategy and associated requirements in support of Test Driven Development
- Evaluate system performance, conformance to Non-Functional requirements, suggesting improvements and corrective actions where appropriate. Education/Experience

- Ability to act within a leadership role
- Strong influencing skills to work with external stakeholders where no direct contractual framework can be used to achieve desired outcomes
- Understanding of Continuous Integration, Continuous Test, and Continuous Delivery pipelines
- Ability to innovative regarding the extension of product-level automated testing to the system and system of systems levels Working knowledge of the following or equivalent tools:

- Jenkins
- GitLab
- Jira
- Artifactory
- Chocolatey
- Postman
- RQM Salary

Up to£72,500(depending on skills and experience)

  • architecture
  • hardware
  • ms project
  • software