Supportability Engineer - Logistics Support Analysis

BAE Systems UK

Location: South Gloucestershire

Job Type: Not Specified


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We serve and protect those who serve and protect us. Attracting and retaining the sharpest minds is essential for a globally competitive UK Maritime Services Business. Our aim is to recruit the very best talent. At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

At BAE Systems we are committed to supporting work life balance for all our employees and embrace a range of modern working practices, which aim to enhance flexibility for individuals whilst also enabling business performance. Flexibility provisions vary by role, but include hybrid working arrangements, flexible working patterns and shift working.

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us.

Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence our highly skilled teams design, develop, support, and maintain a wide range of complex equipment.

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will positively impact our customers for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

Supportability Engineer - Logistics Support Analysis

Have you ever questioned where the maintenance you undertake on your car or bike comes from, how the spares and parts are labelled, how both are correctly captured within the accompanying technical documents? Would you like to play a key role in the support of Royal Navy and International programmes? If the answer to these questions is yes, you are the kind of individual we are seeking. Our Maritime Services business currently have vacancies for Engineers located at our sites in either Portsmouth, Scotstoun or Filton, although most time will be spent working from home. Full on-the-job training / coaching / mentoring will be provided to the right candidate.

In these roles you will be working across platforms such as the Type 45 Destroyers, Type 26 Global Combat Ships build and export programmes and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier programme. You will be responsible for the review and analysis of ships engineering data that is necessary for maintainers to support the systems and equipment that make up the platforms, managing this within our Project toolsets.

This role will provide you with the chance to forge a career within the Support Engineering domain whilst working with some of the most complex warship programmes in the world. If you want to be part of our future working in partnership with the Royal Navy, then a career in Maritime Services awaits you.

Your main responsibilities typically include:

  • Reviewing and analysing ship design data to contribute to the production of quality support products including maintenance schedules, technical publications, spares, etc

  • Conducting availability, reliability and maintainability analysis of platform systems and equipment to inform design decisions.

  • Conducting Reliability Centred Maintenance studies to create maintenance schedules for platform systems

  • Applying engineering knowledge and expertise to analyse the impact of engineering change, including the effect on availability, reliability and maintainability of the overall platform and its systems

  • Analysis of drawings and other documentation that accompany engineering change, capturing the necessary information within our toolsets so updated maintenance and technical documents can be deployed to end users

  • Collating and managing engineering information within project toolsets and databases

  • Investigate queries received by the project from Customers and key stakeholders, producing coherent responses that satisfactorily close out the query ‘right first time’

  • Applying engineering knowledge and expertise to analyse the impact of material from Manufacturers and suppliers on the support engineering solutions

  • Working across the T45, QEC and T26 programme teams to identify and resolve in-service or build supportability and data issues

Your skills and qualifications:


  • Engineering knowledge gained through practical experience in one or more relevant backgrounds: Maritime, Defence, Rail, Aerospace, Facilities Management, Oil and Gas, etc, or from further education at level 4, HND or degree

  • An ability to read and understand schematic diagrams and technical documentation


  • Experience in use of a computerised Maintenance Management System, preferably in the Maritime domain

  • Experience in the use of a Logistics database, preferably in the maritime domain

  • Knowledge of principles and/or experience in the application of Supportability Engineering would be advantageous (e.g., Defence Standards 00-60, 00-600 or commercial ASD standards)

What we are looking for in you:

We are looking for you to be a team player and good communicator with a flexible and adaptable approach to your work, as well as having the ability to work under pressure. We are looking for you to have a proactive approach with the ability to liaise with a variety of people within the business. Full on-the-job training on the will be provided to the right candidate.

Location: Portsmouth, Scotstoun or Filton (Hybrid, mostly working from home)

Salary: up to £43,000 dependent on skills and experience

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

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/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

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