Software Architect

Bristol, Beckington, or Barnstaple based with a mix of office and home-based working

Up to 70k DOE

We are SEA.

Engineered to protect. We protect what matters – our nations, our waters, our land, our cities, our people, our environment, our world.

Join us.

As a Software Architect, or an experienced developer looking to take the next step, you will be working across the defence portfolios, you’ll play a key role in developing the technical roadmap to support the wider strategy, identify exploitation paths between technical products, and ensuring that all software solutions meet their technical requirements.

You’ll work with a diverse team, providing technical input into project planning and work package definition, producing technical responses and proposals on bids and enquiries, and work with internal and external stakeholders to capture, analyse and manage requirements in line with product and technical roadmaps.

What we offer

Your work, your contribution, deserves to be recognised and rewarded. Have a look at the benefits we offer:

Work life balance:

  • Hybrid/flexible working arrangements
  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus buy and sell
  • Up to 16 days flexi leave accrual
  • Half day Fridays
  • Reservist in the armed forces receive special paid leave

    Family & wellbeing:

  • Private medical health insurance & Employee Assistance Program
  • All Staff Bonus
  • Group Pension Plan of up to 7% employer contribution
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Wellbeing centre
  • Sports & Social activities
  • Employee Discounts portal – online and instore discounts, travel savings etc
  • Canada Life GP and financial advice
  • Life assurance policy
  • Publication and recruitment bonus rewards
  • Development opportunities, including LinkedIn learning

    Facilities & resources:

  • Electric vehicle charging points at all sites
  • Private seated lunch areas
  • Onsite bistro (Barnstaple office) and free hot and cold beverages
  • Onsite showers and toiletries provision
  • Free onsite parking

What you’ll be doing

  • Maintaining overall configuration management of products,
  • Development of model-based architecture views of software systems and products.
  • Providing technical input into the planning of the projects, including work package definition, population and grooming of development backlogs.
  • Producing engineering plans to facilitate the effective and consistent project delivery, including the tailoring of company processes and incorporating lessons learned to suit needs of the programme area.
  • Management of requirements verification cases for acceptance, and to attain where required certification, qualification or type approval.
  • Act as independent technical governance for software products and software elements of complex multi-discipline systems
  • Produce technical responses and proposals

 The skills you need

  • Proven experience of managing the configuration of software products and development of software architecture models for products
  • Experience of working at TA level, governance of software elements of projects, software products and software elements of complex systems
  • Experience of managing requirements and verification cases for certification and qualification
  • Experience of developing model-based (UML) architecturesof software systems
  • “T” shaped, broad experience of diverse technologies with areas of deeper expertise
  • Knowledge and experience of working with real-time systems is preferable


Join us and be part of something smaller – with 300 people in the UK and Canada – doing something bigger: protecting what matters. 

If you would like to know more, please give our Talent Acquisition Advisor Ethan a call on 01373 852304.



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