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Senior Software Developer

  1. Derby, Sheffield
  1. Nuclear

Senior Software Developer

Job Title: Senior Software Developer

We are seeking a Senior Software Developer with a strong background in bespoke software development to join our Nuclear and Power team in Sheffield.

Are you interested in a software development career opportunity within the growing Nuclear and Power sector?  This could be the role for you.

About the Team

The Derby and Sheffield team’s work supports a number of key nuclear programmes including the UK Submarine programme, the existing nuclear generation fleet, decommissioning and high integrity structures for new nuclear establishments. The team are also increasing support to a range of exciting Civil Nuclear new build projects such as the UK SMR programme of which Atkins are a major part of the consortium.

We also deliver work to the wider Energy industry, making use of our strong design and analytical skills to deliver projects for other internal or external clients.

Joining our team gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself through delivering interesting and varied projects for a range of different clients and industries. 

What you’ll be doing

Working within our Nuclear and Power business sector in Derby or Sheffield; you will lead the delivery of Atkins projects, teams and programmes, or work directly for our clients embedded into their major programmes.

We achieve success by working in close partnership with our clients, by matching our skills to their needs, being flexible, and by using our resources efficiently. Whether we’re delivering high quality engineering, technical support and software development services, or programme management, we always deliver the solution that’s right for them.

As a Senior Software Developer within our team, your work will be diverse and challenging and you could be involved in: producing, checking or approving software code and models along with other activities including authoring requirement capture documents, project reporting, leading bidding activities all in line with either our own, or our clients QA process.

You will have accountability for the complete project life cycle; from developing project proposals through project execution and project completion, to the subsequent identification and growth of future business opportunities.

As a successful applicant, you would be expected to:

  • Capture, negotiate, decompose and derive formal software requirements using DOORS.
  • Architect, design, develop, integrate and test complex software development projects using model-based development tools. Experience in the SCADE development tool is desirable for this role.
  • Author design documentation inclusive of traceability to parent and child documentation.
  • Undertake verification of the software. This will involve designing test cases against the requirements, executing the test cases and measuring Modified Condition/Decision Coverage (MCDC) using the VectorCast tool.

Working closely with our clients, you will capture project requirements. Subsequently, working with and leading Atkins teams you will be responsible for input to plans, bids and solutions to meet these needs.

You will proactively guide all technical and software aspects of project delivery, including forecasting, risk management and reporting on project progress. You will be accountable for instilling client confidence in Atkins’ project delivery through your professionalism and care.

You will support the development, implementation and sharing of best practice through the engineering community and our formal recoding systems.

You’ll need to have

During your early career you will have developed a strong foundation in software development principles and their application to varied projects/domains. You will have a track record of delivering solutions in challenging timescales and will have a responsible attitude towards safety and security.

You will have produced software and code which demonstrates acceptable performance and will have authored key technical documentation. You are comfortable working in new and changing environments and have a desire to be challenged and contribute to the success of the business.

With excellent communication skills; you are comfortable liaising with, and influencing, your stakeholders at all levels both internally and externally. You will have a proven track record of working effectively as part of a project team or as the lead of the team.

You will be used to / comfortable with supporting our Quality Assurance process through review or checking colleagues’ work and presenting your findings / work to clients.

Your experience will be throughout the complete project lifecycle. You’ll have direct experience of applying a range of engineering principles and skills to deliver successful project outcomes, with specific examples of managing complex technical challenges, and direct accountability for quality and technical performance of engineering projects.

You will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree qualified in Software Development, or numerical/related discipline. 

The following additional requirements are desirable:

  • Experience of developing software requirements using DOORS
  • Experience of high-level programming languages such as C and Ada, or low-level languages such as assembler languages.
  • Experience of developing software in SCADE
  • Experience of testing software (e.g. unit testing, integration testing, simulation)

To support our clients’ varied needs and our broad pipeline of work, we are also interested in candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of software-based systems in safety- or mission-critical industries
  • Knowledge of development and test of real-time, embedded and control systems.
  • Experience of verification and validation of programmable hardware such as FPGAs
  • Knowledge of formal methods

Although the team is based in Sheffield, the wider Nuclear and Power business has opportunities at locations around the country, internationally and at various client sites. Flexibility on work location and a willingness to undertake secondments to other sites is beneficial.

About us

This is an exciting time for Atkins, we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organisation, while also continuing to grow our services in the UK and Europe. There will be opportunities to develop your skills and experience in the UK working across all our clients and also for international travel as part of the wider global business.

We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Our vision is to be the premier engineering solutions’ partner for our clients, delivering complex projects from vision to reality for a sustainable lifespan. We are continuously transforming to be number one on the market, and are looking for ingenious minds to share our ambition.

We are one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in virtually every region of the world and in virtually every market. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you’ll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements

Atkins is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

This role will require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.



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