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General Electric Systems Engineer in Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Job Description Summary

Known internally as a Lead Systems Engineer, this a great opportunity to join our Aviation Power business. As a Lead Engineer in our Systems and Software team, you will be responsible for the Systems Engineering in developing safety-critical software for large-scale, complex, aircraft electrical power distribution systems. You will enjoy looking at the bigger-picture Systems view and in working across different engineering domains, bring together mechanical, hardware and software designs, as well as considering safety, reliability and production aspects. You will have experience of Systems development including verification (are the requirements met?) & validation (are the requirements correct?) and have a balance of desk work versus test rig work. You will thrive on solving technical problems.

You will be joining an inclusive and diverse team of experienced technical systems and software engineers who care about creating the right solution. We are committed to continuous improvement and sharing technical knowledge and lessons learnt. We are passionate about development, growth and continuous learning.

If this sounds like an environment in which you would thrive, then this could be the next role for you.

Job Description

The Role / Essential Responsibilities

As a Systems Engineer in the Power Systems and Software Department, you would be helping manage the requirements and interfaces (including associated validation); creating initial design baselines to enable Software, Hardware and Test teams to complete their activities. Effective change management and support to project leadership is essential.

You will use your experience of the full design-to-release lifecycle to support all aspects of Systems Engineering, from creating high-quality requirements and design, to systems verification activities. This could include helping de-bug software via systems test results analysis, or performing hands-on testing, continually improving your knowledge of test equipment, and processes for working safely in both aviation and high-power environments.

You will have the opportunity to move projects and roles to provide variety and grow your responsibility as your experience increases.

Qualifications / Requirements

Previous experience in an aviation, automotive or similar embedded systems development environment working to rigorous standards such as ARP4754A, will confirm your experience of working with complex system designs, for implementation in hardware and software.

An appropriate degree or HND in Engineering, Mathematics, Applied Physics or similar subject, or equivalent experience, shows a logical mindset, alongside good problem solving and solution building skills.

Experience of the systems design lifecycle will help you in activities such as capturing, understanding, and documenting the customer’s system requirements. Strong understanding of what makes a good requirement and how this impacts requirements validation to ensure correctness is important. Good appreciation of baseline management is essential. Knowledge of verification strategies will aid in creating, updating, and performing manual and script-based systems tests.

Your existing experience will allow you to contribute to defining or modifying power distribution systems architectures in co-operation with technical leads and with aircraft manufacturers.

Desired Characteristics

Working in a team-based industry, good written and verbal communication skills will maximise your effectiveness. You may participate in technical and programme reviews for colleagues, leadership, or the end customer. A positive attitude, initiative, pro-activeness and an enthusiasm and passion for Systems Engineering will help you succeed in the department.

If you share our goal as a team: to demonstrate success in achieving and exceeding customer expectations, then apply now!

About Us

At GE Aviation Systems, we invent the future of flight, lift people up and bring them home safely.

As key players in the field of integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft, when you join us, you’ll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in research and development keeps us looking ahead. We’ve got an amazing team of exceptional people helping to solve increasingly complex challenges - people like you. Our Electrical Power business has more than 50 years’ experience as a market leader, with the resources, knowledge and expertise to help our commercial, military, business and general aviation customers navigate the electrical power challenges of today and tomorrow.

Flexible Working

GE supports and encourages flexible working arrangements, where possible, and recognises the benefits to employees of having a positive work-life balance.

Total Reward

At GE Aviation we understand the importance of Total Reward.  Our flexible benefits plan, called FlexChoice, gives you freedom, choice and flexibility in the way you receive your benefits, as well as giving you the opportunity to make savings where possible.

As a new joiner to GE we are pleased to be able to offer you the following as default in your benefit fund, which you then can tailor to meet your individual needs;

  • Non-contributory Pension          

  • Life Assurance

  • Group income protection            

  • Private medical cover    

  • Holiday Hourly equivalent of 26 days, with flexible option to buy or sell

Security Clearance

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance is required and must be maintained for this role. Please note that in the event that BPSS clearance cannot be obtained, you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security. Please see the link below for further details regarding the requirements for BPSS clearance: BPSS (

Right to Work

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, under the applicable UK immigration rules as may be in place from time to time, it may be that candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled candidate who does not require sponsorship is available to take up the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website. (


Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes