Senior Systems Engineer

  • Salary: £40,000 - £55,000
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Posted On: 06/08/2021
  • Vacancy Reference: VC009

Senior Systems Engineer


Position Overview

Altertek Ltd are seeking a Senior Systems Engineer to join the growing engineering team to create and support the design of advanced battery systems, the battery management systems that control them and the various supporting systems required to integrate with them. 

Altertek Ltd – Overview

Altertek is a specialist niche lithium-ion battery development, integration and manufacturing company that produces battery systems for exciting applications such as motorsport, subsea, automotive and industrial.

Altertek are one of very few companies in Europe that design and manufacture high voltage batteries making demand for our services very high.  We offer a complete battery solution including battery enclosure design, electronics development, embedded software development, manufacturing and testing and all to our coveted ISO9001:2015 certified integrated management system.


  • Altertek operate a flexible working week based around core hours which is great for working parents, gym sessions and other hobbies and interests.
  • Modern, air-conditioned facility.
  • Modern powerful multiscreen PCs and equipment.
  • Exciting, challenging work in a growing industry.
  • Friendly team.
  • Free onsite parking.
  • Altertek operate a flexible working week based around core hours which is great for working parents, gym sessions and other hobbies and interests.

Altertek offer 30 days annual holiday including statutory bank holidays and also offer an additional 1 day’s holiday for every completed year of service up to an additional 5 days. 

Position – Detailed

Altertek are currently looking to recruit a highly motivated, passionate and focused Senior Systems Engineer to be part of the engineering team at their facility based in Romsey, Hampshire, UK.

The role will involve acting as the technical project lead to create advanced battery systems and sub-systems that integrate perfectly with customer or OEM equipment. This will involve eliciting system requirements and defining system architecture that satisfies them.

As an active member of the development team, this hands-on role will also involve specification of design requirements, implementation of system design elements and support of the hardware/software engineers to produce final outputs that are fully verified and validated.

The successful candidate will work with highly skilled likeminded people who are proactive and passionate about what they do in a company that is guided by core values, including: environmental, social, ethical and moral responsibility and integrity.  As a result, we do not engage with products that cause deliberate harm to people or the environment.

As part of this company, the candidate will not simply be a number. They will be involved in decision making, customer interactions and helping to create exciting products in one of the world’s fastest growing industries. It is the perfect role for a well-experienced, self-motivated engineer who is comfortable with being the person others turn to for help in solving complex systems engineering problems. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Elicit system / product requirements from customers and project stakeholders.
  • Define the architecture for new battery systems and sub-systems.
  • Create requirements / system / technical specifications for products.
  • Create full project and individual sub-system verification plans.
  • Oversee the outputs of hardware, software and other systems engineers to ensure they meet design specifications.
  • Support the design engineers in problem solving and key decision making.
  • Develop and design hardware / software / system elements to meet relevant specifications.
  • Carry out design optimisation for performance, safety and cost.
  • Perform compliance / reliability analyses on product designs.
  • Oversee hardware-software integration testing.
  • Take ownership of full-system / system integration testing.
  • Perform final product validation tasks including compliance testing / FAT / SAT.
  • Work within with the company’s engineering processes and development guidelines.
  • Produce system user-guides / manuals.
  • Play an active role in team meetings and liaise with other cross-functional team members, suppliers and other interested parties throughout projects to encourage their involvement and participation.
  • Lead the creation and maintenance of technical files as new products are introduced, or existing products are changed.
  • Have a detailed and thorough understanding of our own products, and proactively seek to learn about competitors’ products.
  • Provide technical support to other areas of the business when required.
  • Design and develop new products and product improvements, balancing innovative engineering design, functional requirements and aesthetic appeal with product safety, cost effectiveness, ease of manufacture, installation and maintainability.
  • Assist the commercial team in creating quotations for potential new projects.
  • Provide regular reports to senior members of staff on project progress.

Essential Attributes 

  • A degree qualification in electronics, software or system engineering (or a similar relevant engineering discipline).
  • Confidence to act as a project technical lead from concept through to production hand-over.
  • Ability to elicit product requirements from customers / internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop and document a full system architecture that meets product requirements.
  • Ability to perform industry design standards analyses and define design requirements based on these constraints.
  • Highly capable in creating design verification plans and running verification testing.
  • Proven record of both hardware and software (C, C++) design.
  • Sound knowledge of analogue and digital signal processing / filtering implementations.
  • Strong experience of wired communications systems such as CAN bus and RS-485.
  • Strong understanding of low-power electronic system design.
  • Ability to perform full-system and sub-system reliability analyses (e.g. FMEAs)
  • Ability to debug systems and take full responsibility and an active part in fixing problems.
  • Expertise in hardware-software and full system integration.
  • Respect for design specifications and a willingness to create, follow and maintain them.
  • Ability to perform product compliance / product validation tasks.
  • Ability to lead customer FAT / SAT, and compliance testing both locally and at remote sites.
  • Confidence to work through problems with customers and suppliers, both in-person and remotely.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in an ISO9001 environment.

Desired Attributes

  • Competence and knowledge equivalent to at least 7 years industry experience in a hardware development, software development or systems engineering role.
  • Experience in architecting / designing battery management systems.
  • Experience architecting / designing battery systems.
  • Experience working with systems with hazardous voltages up to 1000V DC.
  • Experience of working to functional safety standards (such as ISO26262 / EN61508).
  • Experience using Proteus electronic design suite for schematic capture, PCB layout and circuit simulation.
  • Experience of leading design reviews.
  • Experience of creating system user-guides / manuals.
  • Experience of designing for manufacture and designing to a cost.
  • EMC design know-how and the ability to solve real-world EMC problems.
  • Experience Jira Work Management (or similar) for personal and team workflow tracking.
  • Ability to create wiring diagrams and wiring loom designs.
  • A good understanding of mechanical and production engineering concepts.
  • Ability to use MCAD software (Solidworks preferred) to at least a basic level.

If you are interested in this position please Email: with your CV and a covering letter.

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