Blog  •  20 Jul 2021  •  2 min read

The Anatomy of a Great Systems Engineer

The role of a Systems Engineer is to consider both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product/service that meets the user needs. But what makes a Systems Engineer great?

We asked our consultants at Optima and here’s our Top 6 traits:

1. See the whole picture

They can comprehensively understand the bigger picture; the system and the context within which it exists and doesn’t drive straight to the detail. They have the ability to break down a problem into its constituent parts.

2. Inquisitiveness and curiosity over judgement

They keep asking “So what?”, always wanting to understand the details to unearth and identify the fundamental aspects of a problem which allows effort to be focused on the things that really matter.

3. Excellent communicator

They can present problems, ideas and solutions, often visually, in such a way that creates understanding and enables collaborative progress. They can tailor their communication to the audience across all levels and across all disciplines.

4. Courage over comfort

They are unafraid of change and prepared to challenge the orthodoxy. They’re adaptable, looking at problems from different perspectives and consider alternative approaches to the “way it has always been done”.

5. Keeps eyes on the prize

They can understand and articulate what the destination looks like and can guide those around them, quietly and confidently, to move in the right direction.

6. Can handle imposter syndrome

They can get up to speed quickly and can hold different perspectives and arguments. They feel comfortable to propose alternatives in a pragmatic, constructive and appropriate way.

If that sounds like you and you’re open to a new career challenge we’d love to hear from you! Visit our hiring page for more information!

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