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Engineering Career opportunities with Elbit Systems UK

21 June 2021

Elbit Systems UK is an ambitious diverse defence business with technology and innovation at its core. As part of the Elbit Systems' global business, the UK company has a wealth of expertise and innovation it can lean on as it pursues its growth strategy in the UK. As the organisation’s footprint continues to grow, the ambition is for the UK to become one of Elbit Systems’ key home markets – transferring mature and operationally proven technologies to the UK, contributing to UK prosperity, freedom of action and operation. 

They are an Israeli based technology and innovation led organisation that has developed many novel solutions to meet the needs of their customers challenges – Elbit has always needed to demonstrate agility, innovation and results throughout its history and these qualities are second nature throughout the whole organisation. Does this sound like a great match for you? 

Due to an ever-growing number of major MOD contracts, Elbit Systems UK are increasing the number of engineering and technology staff in the UK, you could join the Elbit Systems UK team - to work on their range of technologies for both military and civilian applications?

Adam Griffiths, an active member of the IET and Director of Programmes and Engineering at Elbit Systems UK, took some time to talk to us about his role at Elbit Systems UK, his engineering past and why you should consider Elbit Systems UK for your next engineering role.

Where did your passion for engineering stem from?

I have to say that I found my original inspiration for engineering from my dad. He was an aircraft technician in the RAF and was always looking for something new to work on. From a young age, I was taught how to wire up electrical systems, how to drive and handle farm machinery and quite literally fix anything that was broken. Engineering became who I was as a person, it wasn’t typically something I chose to be, but something that was always around me. An engineer is simply, who I am. 

What is your job title at Elbit Systems UK and what does that entail?

I am the Director of Programmes and Engineering at Elbit Systems UK and that means I am responsible for the technology and innovation strategy, to ensure that all our projects and programmes are delivered successfully. Additionally, I provide design authority assurance across all our projects and programmes to ensure the products we create are safe and suitable for service, whilst meeting our customers standards and requirements

Why did you choose to take that role with Elbit Systems UK?

From the beginning of my recruitment journey with Elbit Systems UK, I genuinely felt that they would offer something different, they would work hard to ensure their customers got what they wanted, and they genuinely cared about their employees. I wanted to work somewhere that had values for both customers and employees and I found that in this company. 

Before working with Elbit Systems UK, I had worked in the defence and aerospace sectors for some time and began to realise that the industry was missing something. Elbit Systems UK provided me with the opportunity to genuinely shape a business from the ground up and that in itself offered me a unique proposition. 

How did you apply for your current role?

After recently completing my master’s degree in business administration, I was looking for my next role that would help me develop and progress my career and that is when Elbit Systems UK reached out to me. 

The timing was everything and they gave me a unique opportunity to step up and work in a leadership position within the business. I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t once looked back.

Why are you looking for people to expand your team and what do you look for?

As the engineering director who’s shaping Elbit Systems UK and our subsidiaries and business units, there will always be a need for engineering leaders, engineering managers, systems engineers, and software engineers within Elbit Systems UK.

We have had a number of successful bids and we need engineers to ensure that we can keep our promises to customers. We need new talent to make sure that as a company, we have the technology and innovation to be successful. 

I think a really key skill in any successful candidate, is leadership. I believe that in the modern world that leadership has to exist at all levels. This skill is about creative problem solving, it's about the fact that you can’t go to a book and get the answer. Ultimately you have got to make some decisions without knowing what the outcome will be and having the authority and the skill to do that is highly sought after. 

We want engineers that are engaging and inspiring to be around. Our team is looking for people that want to work hard and are interested and inspired in the work that they do. It’s those people who will find a place here at Elbit Systems UK and that would thrive in this environment. 

Feedback from a recent Elbit Systems UK employee survey, highlighted that they are a lean, dynamic and fast paced company and employees truly believe that they can grow and learn within the organisation they feel part of. Elbit Systems UK stands out for being a collaborative, adaptable and supportive environment for all of their employees. They are looking for innovation and change and they are prepared to offer great packages for the right engineers looking to join their teams. 

Their promise to you

Elbit Systems UK have very family friendly policies and understand that living is just as important as working. They believe their can-do, outcome-based culture, where everyone is working towards the same goals makes best use of a high level of trust with all their employees to get the job done to a fantastic standard.  

In return, Elbit Systems UK offers its employees, the flexibility and agility of the working environment, and depending on the role, this includes the possibility to mix your working location between office and from home. Giving people the opportunity to work for Elbit Systems UK, without the lengthy commute or even having to consider a relocation.

Elbit Systems UK are a growing company and as such their benefits continue to be reviewed and developed. Below are just a few of the company benefits that are available to all Elbit Systems UK employees:

  • Family-friendly policies including enhanced family leave​
  • Flexitime and flexible working including holiday purchase and sabbatical options​
  • 25 days annual leave + UK bank holidays + 3 days for length of service​​
  • Pension package and life assurance 
  • Health care including employee assistance programme​
  • Discounts, free gifts, wellbeing support and more through Perkbox​
  • Salary sacrifice bikes, technology, and electric vehicles
  • Professional Membership Fees Paid

The recruitment process at Elbit Systems UK

Hiring at Elbit Systems UK has been virtual for a while now and they generally intend to keep it this way for the foreseeable future. 

Candidate experience is very important to Elbit Systems UK, their recruitment partner will stay in touch with candidates all the way through the application stages. They always try to respond to candidates within 24 hours of an interview, to ensure that they can prepare for the next stage or know where they stand. It’s important that candidates enjoy the process and can bring their whole selves to the table. Elbit Systems UK look for authenticity. Don’t be someone you’re not. They want to have a diverse team with people that have different ways of thinking. Without that, Elbit Systems UK would not work. 

“We want forward-thinking pioneers to help us shape the future of defence. You’ll work with exciting new technologies to deliver exceptional user-centred outcomes for our clients. And you’ll have the opportunity to grow alongside our ambitious, entrepreneurial company. ​”

To find out more about the current jobs Elbit Systems UK currently have available Click here to head to their recruitment page. This might just be the change you are looking for.