Software Architect

Software Architect

Job Description

  • Permanent
  • Reading RG1, UK
  • £60000 - £80000 per annum UK / Year

AWE is currently recruiting for an experienced Software Architect to support a team of software developers in the delivery of a new battle modelling capability.

This is an opportunity work within our Software Development team and in collaboration with our wider Physics community to provide extensive expertise, champion the agile software development method and ensure the overall functionality of the code.

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area – We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking. There are good bus links between Reading, Basingstoke, and Newbury.

Package: £60,000-£80,000 (depending on suitability and level of experience)

A relocation package may be available – terms and conditions apply.

Closing Date: 8th March 2024

As a Software Architect at AWE you will be responsible for defining and maintaining the framework of the code, defining the interfaces between the functional elements of the code and generating the tests require to validate the code.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Implement the vision of the software Capability Lead and challenge the vision, where appropriate
  • Own the development of the software to ensure that it meets the requirements
  • Define and maintain the framework of the code
  • Define the tasks for the software developers to support the agile methodology
  • Define the software verification tests
  • Remain aware of current software best practices

What knowledge/skills will you need to be considered?

Ideally, candidates will have a degree in a relevant STEM discipline at (2:1) or higher.


  • Experience of software development and delivery with a consideration for time, quality and cost
  • Leadership of software development teams for complex projects
  • Experience developing software with scientific and/or engineering applications
  • Experience developing software that emulates the function of physical systems or environments
  • 10 years C++ development in external industry
  • Working knowledge of C++ 11
  • Familiarity with FORTRAN, C#, SQL, Python
  • Experience with GitLab, Enterprise Architect and Visual Studio


  • Post graduate qualification in computer science
  • Working knowledge of C++ 20
  • Experience working in a science or technology focused environment
  • Experience developing software for scientific applications
  • Experience with coding statistical methods, e.g. Monte Carlo

What will you get from us?

  • As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (including Bank Holidays).
  • 9-day working fortnight – our employees have every other Friday off work.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time.
  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave – 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave – 4 Weeks Full Pay.
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training.
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services.
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution).
  • Life Assurance.
  • Discounts – access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings.
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing – more information available on our careers site.

Important things you need to know:

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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