Trainee Engineering Manager (full training provided)
Location: Reading
Candidates must be willing and eligible to undergo DV Clearance.

Experis Academy has an exciting and unique opportunity for candidates to be trained to become experienced Engineering Managers working for a British Defence company who play a pivotal role in deterring international threats. This is a great opportunity to join Experis’ Academy division where you will be paid, trained, and developed whilst representing Experis on one of our leading engineering strategic client partners. Our academy programmes train and develop talent who work towards becoming permanent members of our industry leading customer communities.

If you have experience in an engineering environment, hold an NVQ, completed an internship or higher level of education in an engineering related discipline or have Military experience in an engineering environment and have a genuine passion and drive to further your career within this field, then this could be the opportunity for you.

We are looking for systems-thinkers who we can train and develop to work across a range of exciting design, integration, construction and commissioning projects within our customer’s defence and infrastructure space. You will be dealing with complex systems, and you’ll develop critical assets from initial requirements through to design, construction and commissioning.

As part of the extensive programme, you will receive a blended learning approach. This will include a bespoke 10-week up-front training programme to provide you with the necessary tools, experience, and training to help develop your skills within Engineering. The training will be centred around the systems engineering framework, covering systems thinking, systems engineering fundamentals, requirements engineering, architecting, product design, systems engineering and architecting standards, model-based systems engineering, systems integration, and systems testing.

Following this 10-week training programme, you will be allocated to the role itself. Spending your initial 12 months doing the role as an Experis employee as you put your training and existing skills to use. You will receive mentoring from our customer’s existing employees and support to help you succeed in the role itself. The aim of our programme is for you to transition to become a permanent employee of our customer, bringing with you all the training and awareness that you have developed to enable you to work on cutting edge Systems Engineering solutions.

Day to Day Responsibilities will include:

  • Elicit, analyse and translate stakeholder needs into technical requirements.
  • Undertake requirements derivation and architecture development.
  • Undertake modelling to explore problem space and potential system solutions.
  • Undertake requirements verification and validation and support technology teams’ derivation of verification and validation events, test cases, test plans and test specifications, to support integration activities.
  • Undertake test results analysis and documentation.
  • Perform trade studies and analyse the relative benefits/merits of competing solutions.
  • Drive development and delivery of viable technical solutions that meet customer requirements.
  • Support the Engineering Manager in their delivery of their Key Responsibilities, reviewing Engineering Requirements.
  • Prepare draft technical specifications and briefs.
  • Manage the Design Intent and Design Information Configuration from inception through to project handover.
  • Provide functional support in identifying and implementing change, development and improvement.
  • Setting up meetings and reviews and managing stakeholders.
  • Flexibility to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.
  • Gathering data and technical information to support the project.
  • First point of contact for technical queries. Maintain technical query and change registers.
  • Produce draft project governance documents, plans certificates etc.

To fit the minimum criteria to apply, applicants must possess the following attributes:

  • Worked in multiple phases of an engineering lifecycle
  • Be a “Systems-thinker” with a positive “can do” attitude
  • Strong communication and interpersonal functional skills
  • Ability to deliver results on time, meeting cost and quality targets
  • Taking ownership of problems whilst working diligently towards resolution
  • Proactive worker with capability of operating with minimal supervision
  • Be a good communicator, both written and oral, and able to liaise at all levels with customers and stakeholders


  • Competitive salary with bonus opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Incredibly inclusive employer with a plethora of affinity networks
  • Gain an entry point into a market leading defence and security organisation and the opportunity to secure a high-profile system engineering opportunity with strong growth and acceleration in that field
  • On the job training in systems engineering to interject your career towards Senior Engineering positions with varied training to match

Other Benefits Include

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Medical and Dental cover
  • 22 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Maternity Pay/Shared Parental leave and paternity leave
  • Sick pay

Job Tenure: Permanent and Full-Time
Salary: Up to £36000 per annum + Plus Bonus and Additional Benefits
Location: Reading, Berkshire

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