Engineering Lead

Edinburgh | Design, Engineering

Leonardo is a global leader in defence electronics and delivers mission-critical systems for situational awareness, electronic warfare and surveillance across land, sea and air. The Radar and Advanced Targeting (RATS) line of business is uniquely positioned as one of the world's top manufacturers of radars, lasers and infrared countermeasure systems.

If you are an experienced technical leader we will offer you a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply your leadership and management skills across a wide range of projects. You will quickly develop an understanding of our technology and processes and work closely with our engineers and managers to ensure we continue to deliver at pace.

Our projects are complex. Our workplace is diverse. This requires our leaders to have high attention to detail, to maintain focus, and to respond in an adaptive way to changes as they arise.

What will you do?

As a Project Engineering Lead you will form part of the senior leadership team of an Integrated Project Team. Your responsibilities will generally be:


  • Maintain a clear understanding of your team's forward load
  • Ensure work-packages are appropriately resourced and future demand is clearly communicated
  • Identify and manage technical and project risks across the group
  • Develop and maintain critical engineering plans and processes
  • Understand changing business priorities and regularly review/prioritise your team's work
  • Ensure work remains on track through formal and informal reviews
  • Manage external supplier contracts and relationships
  • Own and enact change initiatives to improve efficiency within the team

Technical Leadership

  • Develop project plans, estimates and bids, calling on support from the Chief System Engineer/Specialist/Project Engineering Manager where needed
  • Build and nurture relationships between your group and internal stakeholders
  • Ensure all technical output is appropriately reviewed in line with company procedures
  • Regularly review safety processes and procedures to ensure they comply with company and statutory regulations (where applicable)
  • Build and call upon a network of technical and engineering specialists to support and scrutinise engineering output
  • Interpret technical information quickly and at an appropriate level to inform design and development decisions


  • Support the development and progression of the team's engineers by communicating learning and development needs
  • Lead performance management across the team
  • Instil a productive and supportive working environment that motivates and inspires our engineers

What are we looking for?

Ideally Minimum level of experience of the following skills:

  • Track record of managing technical teams
  • Experience in managing a diverse set of activities which have numerous interactions and dependencies
  • Ability to remain focussed under pressure or with multiple competing priorities
  • Experience of working in a high-paced technical or engineering environment
  • We would be particularly interested in hearing from you if you have experience in:
  • Delivering embedded hardware within complex systems
  • Early stage system design
  • Trial planning and execution

This role will require strong, demonstrable skills in:

  • Collaboration
  • Decision making
  • Attention to detail
  • Leading supporting, and developing others
  • Strategic thinking
  • Stakeholder management

What we can offer you:

Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part-time options.

Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home-based and 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 Carers (employees who care for someone who is either older, disabled or seriously ill)

  • Enable (supporting people with disabilities)
  • Equalise (development of a gender-balanced workforce)
  • Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals)
  • 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 through training and mentoring.

Investors in People: We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Silver Award

Employee Assistance Programme: Providing free and confidential mental health support.

Annual leave: We offer 25 days of holiday, plus 8 bank holidays and 12 flexi days.

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