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Job Role:
Engineering, Management, Other Job Role
Employment Type:
Freelance Roles
Sub-Employment Type:
MOD Jobs
Rest of UK
South East England
Salary Description:
520 Per Day Umb/ Paye option
Start Date:
Number 8 Group Ltd
Job Ref:

Technical Specialist
CV deadline: 14/3 @ 1200
Clearance: SC
Loc/Dept: Portsdown West/IM

We are looking for a SC cleared Technical Specialist to provide technical leadership and support on the strategy, design and execution of supply chain programme area and projects within it, across the UK. You will lead the Optimising Human Systems Integration and Human Machine Interaction (OHSI and HMI) project within the Future Workforce and Human Performance research programme. You will have extensive technical leadership experience of large complex research projects, ideally in human-related topics.

You will have:

* Experience of using technical consultancy skills to successfully scope, negotiate, manage and deliver customer requirements;
* Spent time developing knowledge and understanding of the customer and / or stakeholder communities in defence;
* A broad understanding of Human Factors and ergonomics. Including cognitive ergonomics, human centred design, systems engineering, cognitive psychology, and / or human machine interaction, resulting in a professional qualification in a human factors / human science discipline;
* Excellent communication skills, capable of persuading and influencing at all levels including at a senior level;
* A systematic / holistic approach to technical leadership, can demonstrate an inclusive approach to leadership and use delegation to foster a learning environment within the team they lead;
* Excellent mediation skills and be effective in managing dissention in teams and between different parties, and is able to build consensus between groups.


* A broad understanding of experimental design and objective and subjective data collection methods;
* A broad understanding of the defence and security domain and the challenges of the future operating environment;
* Evidence of working with military personnel across a wide range of ranks;
* Experience of exploiting research outputs for the advantage of customers and stakeholders.

The Project Technical Authority is the primary focus for the technical design, technical leadership and advice for the project. Strong leadership is required for this large and complex research project, including:

* Providing leadership to the Work Package Leads and Technical Partners;
* Provision of timely advice to customers and stakeholders;
* Engagement with other research activities and promoting the exploitation of the research outputs.

The Optimising Human Systems Integration project is nearing the end of the first year of a 4 year project, with the aims to:

* Achieve a step-change in Human Factors Integration (HFI) and Human Centred Design (HCD) processes within Defence;
* Optimise the cognitive demands of future systems;
* Reduce the training burden of future systems;
* Identify and test emerging and cutting edge Human Machine Interface concepts and technologies in order to improve user interaction with technologies.

This will result in improved human in the loop performance and more effective, sustainable and efficient military systems. The project is being delivered predominantly through technical partnership with appropriate suppliers from Industry and Academia, with some internal Dstl research.
The successful contractor will be a part of the People in Systems team, a team of 17 who work on Human Factors and Personnel projects. The team is split across the Dstl Portsdown West and Porton Down sites.
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Contact Details:
Number 8 Group Ltd
Tel: 02087472161
Contact: James Christie

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