About the Role

NPL’s Time & Frequency department is looking for a visionary Systems Architect to join an Internationally recognised team where there is a huge opportunity to contribute, transform and grow within a world-class programme.

This programme has been devised to deliver time and frequency solutions to a range of new end users. As Systems Architect, you will be heavily involved in designing the information and communications technology for the our timing services. You will interface with multiple stakeholders both from within our organisation and from a variety of industrial sectors, including defence, space and communications.



  • Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders in order to determine their needs and manage expectations.
  • Ensuring that solution architectures are fit for purpose, deliver against user and business needs and are designed for future scalability.
  • Generating the system requirements, based on user needs and taking into account technical constraints and programme budget.
  • Working with scientists and implementation engineers to ensure that the requirements are consistent, complete and operationally well defined.
  • Providing architectural management of the infrastructure, managing gaps and overlaps in capability, reducing cost and bring a fresh approach to future maintainability and acceptance testing.
About You

You will join a team of multi-disciplined engineers and scientists to provide technical insight on projects and initiatives that guide the next generation of technologies. We are looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals to build the culture to deliver to our customers and evolve NPL to operate at the highest standards in our operation.

Along with an in-depth knowledge of networking topologies and systems architecture, and demonstrating an enthusiasm for pushing technical boundaries, you should ideally have some specific domain knowledge. You will be great with people, have a strong ability to prioritise your workload and be a clear, confident communicator.  

Please note: Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward. We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency and security requirements are more tightly defined than others.

About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.