Chief Software Engineer




This role would suit someone looking for a different offering from the commercial engineering sector; a fast-paced, dynamic and growing business, where being at the cutting edge doesn’t mean being shackled to a desk. AEON is an employee led business, and believes that flexibility and project-ownership results in an engaged and hardworking workforce. We welcome applications from those looking for part-time or full time hours –what is more important to us, is that you have the skillset and mind-set to make a difference. 


AEON Engineering Ltd. are recruiting a multi-skilled Software Engineer, with the capacity to act as the Chief Software Engineer. As part of this role, you will be joining the team in Cheshire, to assist in the design and management of ‘Big Science’ Projects. The ideal candidate is a confident and responsible engineer and manager, with ten years plus experience, and is looking to work on large-scale scientific and engineering projects which adopt bleeding edge technologies. 

Ongoing training and development are integral to AEON, as is knowledge sharing across our business areas. AEON’s ambition is for its staff to grow the business, and to have a stake in its success. Away from technical responsibilities, Staff are actively encouraged to develop relationships and seek out future business opportunities. AEON's approach is different - Our ethos is ‘Redefining Possibilities’, it outlines who we are and what we do. 



  • Computer Science or Software Engineering Degree and relevant commercial experience.
  • Minimum of 5 Years experience in a similar role (Lead Software Engineer / Software Architect)
  • Demonstrated expertise in complex and autonomous Monitoring & Control (M&C) Systems 
  • Expert in TANGO (SCADA / DCS)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of x86, PA-RISC, Itanium, ARM, SPARC, and ALPHA architectures
  • Demonstrated proficiency using C, C++, Haskell, Lisp, Python, TCL, BASH, Perl and BLISS
  • Expert in Product Verification (planning and implementation) within the Software Domain
  • Expert in delivering Quality Assurance within the Software Domain
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with MS Office and commercial engineering suites:
    • GNU Tools (make, gdb, emacs, lex & yacc, readelf, obdjump, nm, ARM)
    • Configuration Management Tools (CVS, Design Sync, Clearcase)
    • Web (xhtml, php, css)
  • Expert in utilising existing Quality Management Systems (QMS).
  • Demonstrated experience/understanding of Systems Engineering practices.
  • Proven experience in System Design within medium/large, technically complex, projects.
  • Proven ability to identify and secure commercial contracts within the Software Domain
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and on own initiative. 
  • Demonstrated business growth and development of corporate portfolio (i.e. submission of white papers, or presentation at international conferences)
  • Ability to work well under stress to meet “mission critical” deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel, and work around international time-zones (GMT ± 12h) (we encourage flexible working to take account of this)


  • TOGAF 9 Certification
  • Knowledge of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Control Systems (incl. "Telescope Manager" Functionality)
  • Expert in Cloud Computing, Muticore Computing, "Big Data," Hadoop and Artificial Intelligence
  • Web design
  • "Enterprise" server management and hosting
  • Commercial acumen and business development ambition.
  • Bid writing and a demonstrated ability to secure projects
  • Corporate membership or eligibility for membership of, recognised engineering institutes.
  • Experience in academia and/or working with academics.
  • An eye for detail, and proven ability of dynamic solutioning.
  • Driven individual, aspiring to Head of Software Engineering, Head of Department.

  1. AEON Engineering Ltd. Invites applications for the above post, which is available 07-JUL-2018, for an indefinite period, dependant on successful completion of 6 month probation period.
  2. Starting salary will be £32,000 to £40,000 per annum, plus additional market related premium payment subject to market conditions and according to relevant experience. 
  3. Informal enquiries may be made to quoting reference “APSE18.”
  4. Formal applications should be sent to quoting reference “APSE18” in the subject line, and should include:
    1. Covering letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Contact details for three referees (referees will not be contacted without prior notification)
    4. Confirmation that you can supply two “right-to-work” documents
  5. AEON Engineering Ltd. Values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.