Capability Manager

27 May 2021
24 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
As part of Major Air Programmes within Leonardo Elec Div, this role will lead the continued technical development of integrated systems & associated architectures linked to sensors and non-kinetic effects for Future Platforms. This will include the identification and prioritisation of critical technologies within MAP for investment and influencing through the CTO function investment within the Leonardo Elec Div Lines of Business; this will ensure a coherent and co-ordinated approach is delivered for integrated multi-spectral sensing and effectors at a platform level. Core to delivering this role is deep knowledge of integrated system architectures and how they could relate to 5th Generation+ Combat Air platforms and requirements to meet the current and future threat environment. Though this role is focused on the SDAS arena, a knowledge of communication architectures is also desirable. Knowledge of the Leonardo Elec Div portfolio of products is essential, including support and training.

This exciting and broad role depends on the highest standards of technical leadership and collaborative working across all Leonardo Elec Div Lines of Business, and between Leonardo Divisions, in addition to Customers, Partners, Suppliers and End Users within the UK, Europe and the globe.

External engagement:

Senior level Customer, Partners and Key Suppliers.

Internal engagement:

CTO, Leonardo Elec Div Management Team, all MAP staff, LoBs Capability staff, IPTs & Functions.

What you will do

Aligned with MAP Strategy:

Technical leadership of SDAS capability development within MAP and wider LED UK
Ensuring that MAP SDAS strategic decisions, targets, forecasts, investments and plans have a sound technical basis for the long term growth of the business
Develop and maintain the best MAP SDAS business strategies (product roadmaps, concepts, product plans, technology plans, business cases, advanced research)
Drive the development of the right MAP SDAS solutions in the right timeframes
Develop relationships with customers to directly support the definition and direction of future capabilities and allocation of budgets
Secure external funding for SDAS related programmes where applicable

Within the appropriate IPT(s):

Technical leadership and focal point for all SDAS related capabilities
Support business winning through technical engagement
Support MAP Business Areas within their current programmes and growth strategies
Identifying potential industrial partners relevant to the designated platform and associated product set
Acting as the customer, specification and maintenance of Concepts and Capability Requirements for products/services within the designated platform strategy or product
Provide specialist operational or technical advice and support to customers (existing and potential future) and also to the wider Leonardo
Chairing Solution Reviews to ensuring the customer value proposition is optimised and the solution is consistent with Leonardo platform and product strategy
Ensure proper and effective technical governance and delivery of consistent technology best practice across MAP, within own area of control and supporting others

Business Growth:

To contribute significantly to activities achieving sustainable business growth including working across Leonardo Elec Div Capability and Sales functions to identify growth opportunities
To collaborate across the business and sites to ensure appropriate representation of Leonardo with customers, suppliers & partners and facilitate and support cross-LoB business development opportunities
To develop and maintain relationships with customers, key suppliers and partners to directly support the definition and direction of future capabilities and allocation of budgets

Operational Excellence:

To collaborate with the Product/Service Chief engineer and Heads of Engineering Projects to ensure the correct balance between capability and cost (NRE and UPC) is achieved
To ensure proper and effective technical governance and delivery of consistent technology best practice across designated Lines of Products
To identify business inefficiencies and propose business/ process improvements to address them

Learning & Growth:

Help develop and implement a cost-conscious mentality across the business to achieve an environment focused on high performance
Provide operational and technical leadership to develop others within the IPT and across the business

What we are looking for

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required:

High levels of knowledge linked to integrated System Architectures and Concepts linked to SDAS and Systems of Systems approaches for delivering future capability requirements.
Knowledge of open mission system architectures and principles
Knowledge of advanced avionic architectures and their deployment within future combat systems
General knowledge of the +5th Generation Combat Air sector including an overview of current and future operational requirements, threat environment and User Concepts of Operation.
Detailed knowledge of Leonardo Elec Div product portfolio associated within the Combat Air sector
Able to motivate and influence multi-disciplined teams that are not necessarily within their direct reporting structure
Able to develop and maintain strong relationships with Leonardo Divisions and LoBs, customers, partners and suppliers
Able to clearly articulate verbally and in written form, strategies, complex concepts and solution design
Experience of complex, cross LOB solutions is highly desirable.

Intrinsic Factors:

Office based
Regular travel to Leonardo and customer sites, both UK & abroad

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