Principal Engineer - Combat Systems (UWS)

BAE Systems UK

Location: South Gloucestershire

Job Type: Not Specified


Principal Engineer – Combat Systems

Location: Barrow in Furness, Bristol, Frimley or Weymouth

We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Delivering design solutions for the Common Combat System focussing on requirements and acceptance for the UWS sub-systems including Minor Sonars, Navigational Sonars and Underwater Communications
  • Gathering and managing high-level customer requirements and decomposing into system level requirements.
  • Managing design change and design improvement from existing platform baselines to ensure system functionality future platforms.
  • Cascading requirements to suppliers and carrying out supplier visits
  • Being involved in design reviews, including those with ship builders, suppliers, and the MoD customer.
  • Manage system integration and testing.
  • Updating and integration of sub-systems

Your skills and experiences:


  • Demonstrable Systems Engineering experience, including managing requirements and acceptance activities, systems design and integration.
  • An understanding of lifecycle management
  • Experience of working with the DOORS (or similar) software package for requirements management
  • HNC / HND or equivalent qualification or experience


  • Understanding of DOORs and Enterprise Architect.
  • Previous experience/knowledge or Underwater Systems on a Submarine


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual leave incentive.

The team:

The team will be helping design and develop underwater systems for the Astute submarine class. These systems are safety-critical and mission-critical and provide cutting edge capability to the Royal Navy.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.”

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.


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