Why did you join Leonardo?
I joined as a graduate way back in 1984 as I wanted to do something interesting with my maths degree. The role of Systems Engineer seemed to offer more interesting challenges than, say, working in a bank or as an accountant. As Leonardo is quite a large company, I have been really lucky to work in a number of areas since, including Simulation & Modelling, Customer Training and Business Development.
What does your job entail?
My current job is in the Capability Team, covering the operational use of Electronic Warfare equipment. The role has many facets. I keep in touch with our development teams throughout the equipment design and attend equipment trials once the kit is mature enough, acting as a “critical friend” to ensure the kit is as operationally capable as possible. I support customer demonstrations, in the labs or in in our trials aircraft, to showcase our equipment to potential customers. The role also allows me to support the Sales team in providing customer-friendly technical documents and occasionally I travel abroad with the team to provide a level of technical detail to discussions, if required.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting to fly! There is nothing quite like seeing our equipment perform in a live environment and seeing our customers realise just how good the operational capability is. I also enjoy working through solutions with the engineers in the early days of development to iron out the inevitable wrinkles you find in developing such complex, high level engineering equipment.
Why would you recommend someone works for Leonardo?
Many reasons! No day is the same as the last; being given a great deal of responsibility and respect; working in a friendly environment with the brightest people in the field, on technology that is truly cutting-edge. Plus, I am able to work hours and days in line with my daughter’s school hours, giving me a fantastic work-life balance.