Software Engineering Consultant - (L3 Security Cleared) -

The role

Software Engineering Consultant (L3 Security cleared) – Defence and Security

Melbourn, Herts, UK (Permanent Full time)

Package includes annual bonus scheme, 8% pension, private healthcare, share purchase scheme, generous car/travel allowance

Bringing Ingenuity to Life

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career.

Isn’t it time you joined us?

Become part of the Team

Our Defence and Security sector team has an impressive track record in delivering ground breaking technical projects of national importance. We help maximise the impact of technology for customers in the government and private sectors, working across key areas of policy, strategy, and implementation of technical solutions.

In PA you’ll be working within one of the most successful UK organisations in Technology Development and Product Development, with a team who have an exceptional reputation across government and the private sector. Our team includes world class experts in data science, electronics and mechanical engineering, software development, networks/communciations, and we offer all of our Consultants career progression and tailored training to equip them with the tools they need to manage complex and challenging assignments through their careers.

You will be trusted to work across the whole development lifecycle for clients, offering a rare opportunity to gain broad experiences with a range of world class companies and institutions.  This is great opportunity to not only use your technical knowledge to get directly involved in product development, but also to help our clients develop systems and business architecture that empowers them to drive their own projects.

PA offers a career in consulting, not just a job; a stake in our firm; and an environment where individuals and ideas matter.

What we're looking for

  • A strong technical background in software development/engineering
  • Proven background delivering technical projects within the defence/security industry
  • Security vetted to either SC or DV level
  • Career hungry individual who wants to thrive in a role that combines strategy, commercialism and technical delivery
  • Ability to use your technical expertise, excellent interpersonal skills, and commercial acumen, to understand requirements, formulate and deliver creative solutions to client issues.

Nice to have:

  • Cloud development (e.g. AWS, Azure, Terraform)
  • Continuous integration (e.g. Jenkins, Bamboo)

If you enjoy working on technically challenging projects that have real-world impact then this would be an exciting chance to get hands on with innovation in the public sector.  It would suit software developers who have cut their teeth in the D&S space that want to continue their career down a more innovation/product development route as opposed to pure project management or strategy career path.

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


We all work best when we feel valued, supported and life feels balanced, so we got the folks who actually work here to design our benefits.

Looking after you and yours

Flexible healthcare plans just for you or your family. Depending on your office location, we offer a range of benefits including dental, eye tests, gym discounts, Cycle to Work, and more.

Finding work/life balance

Now, more than ever, we’re big on flexible working. Whatever the situation at the time, we’ll have an open discussion about what works for you. We’ve also enhanced our parental leave, so you can make more time for what really matters.

Taking a break

Because there’s more to life than just work… All our office locations have competitive annual leave allowances. You can also buy up to five extra days per year.

Personal growth

Learning never stops – it feeds the mind, expands our skills, and strengthens our team. We offer a range of ongoing internal and external training programmes covering everything you'll need to feed and grow your career ambitions.

Planning for the future

Don't worry, we offer all the sensible stuff, including a pension, life assurance, income protection schemes, and PA shares.

Giving back

Take advantage of our great Give as You Earn scheme, or why not volunteer up to three days a year for a charity close to your heart?

A home for everyone

Whether just starting out, or a practised hand, we have active and firm-wide support communities in place to help everyone get the support they need.

Find out more

Going further afield

With offices in countries across the globe, as a firm, we’re able to relocate folks who want to move – whether temporarily or permanently. Your starting location doesn’t have to be forever, as your career takes off.


The base office for this role is Cambridge, UK. However, you may sometimes be required to work onsite at client offices, too. You can find out more about our offices and remote working approach on our Locations page.