Principal Engineer - Combat Systems

BAE Systems UK

Location: Cumbria

Job Type: Not Specified


Job Title: Principal Engineer - Combat Systems (External Communications System)

Location: Frimley, Surrey, Filton, Weymouth, or Portsmouth- currently Hybrid with an expectation to go into the office circa twice per week

Salary: £52,000 - £59,000 (dependent on skillset and experience)

What you’ll be doing:

    Supporting key part of a national endeavour to provide an essential capability into the latest, most technically advanced, Submarine the UK has ever built, supporting the submarine Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD)

      Supporting the Product Technical Authority (TA(P)) in being responsible for the technical acceptability (including technical assurance) of the submarine External Communications System (ECS)

        Influencing, agreeing and capturing engineering requirements, ensuring developments are integrated, safe and fully compliant with performance and cost requirements and ensuring that the developed solution is clearly defined, configured and controlled.

          Leading system design activities including: design reviews, boundary documents and interface documents

            Supporting final acceptance and assisting with the provision of Certificates of Design to meet Contractual and Regulatory requirements.

              Leading the Engineering elements of Sub-Contract Design Reviews (SCDR)

                Leading integrated performance and acceptance activities - including acceptance of equipment from sub-system suppliers and acceptance by the MoD customer

                  Leading the evolving design solution with specialist support to other engineers and non-engineers within the Dreadnought, ECS and ICS teams

                  Your skills and experiences:


                    Engineering qualification or equivalent experience in an electrical/mechanical/systems design bias

                      Systems integration experience and technology readiness levels/System readiness levels

                        Knowledge of the Engineering Life Cycle (ELC) and Product lifecycle

                          Recent experience/history in Defence environment for External Communications System utilising the full frequency spectrum


                          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 incentive.

                          External Communications Systems team:

                          As part of the Complex Systems & Support Equipment Programmes Group, the External Communications System team provides Project and Engineering Management authority for the procurement; delivery and proving of the Communications systems that are integrated within the Common Combat System on today’s fleet of Astute Class Submarines, Vanguard Class and the Future SSBN replacement Dreadnought Class.

                          As a Principal External Communications Engineer, you will be part of the Dreadnought engineering team responsible for ensuring equipment is fit for purpose, meets functional and non-functional requirements and is safe, capable and assured meeting the demands of our customer and supporting the Submarine Flotilla commitments.

                          This role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to influence the design of the very latest submarine class and play a key role within submarine communications. Working directly for the Senior Engineering Manager and with the Product Technical Authority you would be part of a dynamic high performing and delivery focused team, with wide ranging opportunity for personal and professional development. The External Communications Systemteam is committed to supporting the future aspirations of all its members.

                          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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