The Operational Software Engineer is familiar with developing highly-assured systems for challenging operating environments. They produce resilient software that provides a high degree of confidence in safe operation on varying target platforms. They manage the design, implementation, and delivery of quality software on time and within budget. The Operational Software Engineer operates with a level of independence and manages their submission of work for review. They recognise opportunities for (and potential risks of) code and component reuse and flag these to design and development leads. They understand the impact of business-area requirements from design down to low-level implementation. At more senior grades, the Operational Software Engineer operates with increasing autonomy, and starts to exhibit system architecture and design, and team leading skills.
Candidates must be eligible to achieve DV Clearance and will be required to begin the application process upon starting the role at the very latest. Please refer to the DBS NSV website for guidance.
What you'll be doing
Understand various development methodologies, and how they fit in with different delivery approaches.
Factor operational security requirements into system design, development and testing.
Conduct, support and encourage constructive code reviews for peers.
Adopt a pragmatic approach to changing customer requirements and priorities, reporting on the impact and suggesting appropriate aspects to de-scope.
Embrace emerging technology and language trends, evaluating beneficial emerging tools and championing their adoption and rollout.
Conduct software development in line with the business and industry best practices.
Identify risks associated with software development tasks and mitigate and/or escalate as necessary.
Plan appropriate testing approaches (eg physical/virtual/real-world) and justify them according to the different risk profiles.
Model and perform analysis on problems and solutions
Design, code and document software from a logical design.
Overcome development obstacles to deliver quality code within time and budget constraints.
Collaborate with team members to integrate developed code seamlessly into the solution.
Implement continuous integration where appropriate.
Define and write test scripts and unit, integration and system tests for developed software.
What we're looking for
Familiarity with of variety of development tools (IDEs, debuggers, source control).
Principles of high-assurance development.
Development techniques such as unit testing, mocking, continuous integration, and test-driven development.
Understanding of how the specific customer domain affects the software under development.
Awareness of IT security as a major issue for companies and governments.
Intermediate/advanced understanding of how computers work (eg stack/heap distinction, compiled/interpreted languages).
Proficient with at least 1 "solution" language (eg C++, Java, C#).
Able to use and configure more than one major operating system (eg Windows, OSX, Linux, FreeBSD)
Able to pick up new languages easily.
Operational developers are expected to have a high degree of flexibility.
Communicating technical concerns with a non-technical audience.
Innovative problem solving
About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence We use our intelligence-led insights to help defend Governments, Nations and Societies from cyber-attacks and financial crime. Our customers depend on our evolving capabilities to help them safely grow their organisations. Our unprecedented access to threat intelligence, world-leading analysts and market-leading technology means we can help them to adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the criminals. Division overview: Capabilities At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Applied Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector. As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.
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