Head of Engineering and Architecture

Job Type:
IT leadership
Central London
£100.000 - £120.000
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The role of the Head of System Engineer & Architecture is responsible to guide the System Engineering team across Linac & TPS. The cross-functional engagement includes supporting system analysis & design, the definition of system performance & interfaces, system level fault finding and system integration activities and overarching coordination of the different system.

The role drives technical excellence within his team in regards to system architecture, system design and thinking, reliability and quality.

The role owns and drives all the technical roadmaps.


The specific responsibilities at any time will depend upon the businesses needs, such as the project or product allocation and its corresponding state in the product life-cycle. The list below is a typical list.

·Overall oversight and responsibility for the solution system level design of the product lines

·Lead the solution system engineering team within the corresponding product lines

·Oversee an adequate Design Input set using System Engineering practices, working together with Requirements Engineers. Design Input shall include embellishment of interface definition, performance definition, functional and other non-functional definition.

·Ensure the Planning, and driving System Integration Activities and Plan

·Instill System Design and Thinking into the company organization

·Drive change management activites in compliance with business process to manage system level change/defect requests.

·Drive forward their own professional development through keeping abreast of the latest industry standards, efficient use of tools and company product knowledge.

·Drive technical excellence within the system engineering community & mentor less experienced engineers

·Oversee preparation and delivery of system description and definition in support of Regulatory Submissions.

·Contribution towards relevant Product Roadmaps, working with System Architects, Product Management and other key stakeholders.

·Contribution towards a continual improvement approach to company system engineering processes.

Authorities -

·Approval of System Engineering deliverables

·System Engineer authority at Design Reviews and/or Change Control Boards based on allocated are of Program / Product Resposibility.

·Own & drive the technical roadmaps for the product lines

·To provide System Engineering guidance to the Requirements and System Engineering team.

Relevant Knowledge, skills and competencies - System Analysis

·Demonstration of a sound understanding of a layered requirements structure, able to explain and deploy such a structure to a wider team.

·Translation of customer and internal stakeholder needs into testable and verifiable system level requirements and the ability to decompose these down to component level requirements.

·Ability to provide guidance, critique and constructive feedback on requirement coverage, linkage and good requirement practice.

·Ability to ensure coverage of Design Input is complete either through Architectural artefacts or Formal Requirement artefacts.

·Creation and maintenance of a functional decomposition for a system of systems, device or subsystem demonstrating coverage of the requirements set through linkage.

·Generation of and maintenance of behavioural models describing how a system or composite parts satisfies user workflows (clinical, service etc).

·Decomposing performance NFRs (Non Functional Requirements), apportioning values across the system whilst ensuring the aggregate system Performance NFR should still be met.

·Experience in working with complex systems.

·Good understanding of System Engineering and Product Lifecycles.

Mandatory Experience

·Complex, safety critical, high capital value (multi-million dollar) software driven mechatronic system design experience.

·Ten or more years technical experience and leadership experience of cross-functional teams (potentially: Product Management, , Operations, System Verification, Clinical & Service Validation, Project Management).

·Empathetic customer engagement.

·Influencing business and technical stakeholders and supply chain partners.

Desirable Experience

·Application of Medical Devices within a Radiotherapy workflow.

·Medical linear accelerator system design & realisation.

·Leadership role (eg System Owner or Product Owner) within a Safe or Agile environment.


·Chairing technical based customer engagement workshops.

·To be recognised as the authority in the area in which they are responsible for.

Planning & Reporting

·Plan their own work, clearly articulating effectively dealing with dependencies (eg with stakeholders).

·Report progress transparently against plan commitments.

·Plan System Integration activities at the subsystem level or higher - highlighting the inputs, outputs, acceptance criteria and gathering a summary definition of the configuration under integration. Manage integration logic in combination with artefact availability.

·Leadership of system Integration actives at the subsystem level or higher.

·Coordination of teams and individuals to ensure delivery against the plan.

Interpersonal & Leadership Skills

·Good interpersonal skills, in particular active listening, questioning and understanding stakeholder needs (both functional and non-functional at the product and business levels).

·Good written skills in generating requirements and textual descriptions of the system.

·Team leadership (of a non-functional reporting team).

·Influencing skills at a peer level and those responsible for the Emergent Design.

Preferential but Not Essential

·Degree in a technical discipline (eg software, electrical/electronics, mechanical engineering or physics).

·Familiarity with SAFe / Agile practices.

·Ability to contribute towards top-down Safety Hazards Analysis and FMEAs for a complex Safety Critical product.

·Ability to contribute towards Process FMEAs.

·Ability to develop / support a Reliability Model and assessments.

·Ability to develop / support Life-Cycle Cost modelling.

·Experience in driving projects to completion, achieving product release achieving international certification.

·Experience in real-time (deterministic behaviour) product development.

·Experience in leading the planning activities of a team.

·Proven coaching skills with a desire to continue development of these skills.

·Definition of the point where technical risk is low enough to make a commitment to the realisation of a new product or product enhancement.

·Influencing skills at the parent level of system decomposition.

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