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Network Management System Lead Architect

  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: £65 - £75 per hour + Negotiable, Inside IR35 per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 24 days ago

  • Sector: Defence & Aerospace
  • Contact: Emily Stapley
  • Contact Email:
  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Expiry Date: 30 July 2024
  • Job Ref: BBBH82277_1718736152

Would you like to join an international defence company to support their clients by improving the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets? Due to continued investment, this global business is currently looking for a Network Management System Lead Architect to join their existing team in Bristol (hybrid working) on an inside IR35 contract.

The Role

Babcock have been awarded the contract to manage and develop the UK MOD satellite network, Skynet. As part of this an extensive modernisation programme is taking place. This role will lead the team to maintain the current Network Management System for the communications network and assist in development and deployment of the architecture to modernise and enhance the system. A background in Telecoms network management and understand of current products and methodologies is essential, and any knowledge of satellite operations would be an advantage.

Who we're looking for:

  • Someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally. A confident communicator with the ability to negotiate.
  • You will also be self-motivated with an energetic attitude, being able to transform complex problems into simple, elegant solution.
  • Capable of working within a team, providing specialist knowledge and direction to others
  • Someone who understands 'how' you do things is just as important as 'what' you do - who will role model and apply our Principles (see below)
  • A person who is resilient and adaptable, who can navigate ambiguity and complexity and help teams own and deliver day to day.


To succeed within the role of a Network Management System Lead Architect, you'll have experience in a similar position and have the following skills:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant Engineering Discipline
  • Be conversant with the standards relating to the Systems Engineering discipline (e.g. ISO/IEC/IEEE15288)
  • Proven experience leading teams of technical personnel at various levels of experience
  • Technical expertise as a lead architect in the design, operation, and support of telecom network management systems
  • Ability to think strategically, setting technical direction and defining steps to reach a desired end state
  • Demonstratable experience leading teams in the defence or telecommunication industry
  • Understanding of change and configuration control process in the context of the Engineering Design Lifecycle
  • Ability to represent the NMS function to the wider business- engaging in cross departmental working groups, committees and exercises

Please note that due to security nature of this role, offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining SC security clearance. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and will require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer.


This is an exciting opportunity to work for a global business that has developed a strategy of working closely with its contingent workforce. Within the role, you can expect to:

  • Improve work-life balance
  • Be appreciated and valued
  • Increase earning potential


If this sounds like the role for you, we'd love to hear from you!

PLEASE NOTE: A start date is fast approaching so apply as soon as possible!