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QEC WTA Marine Systems Principal Mechanical Engineer

BAE Systems UK

Location: Portsmouth

Job Type: Not Specified


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- Reshma Saujani

Job title: QEC WTA Marine Systems Principal Mechanical Engineer

Location: Portsmouth Naval Base

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

Salary: Up to £53,000 depending on experience

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing marine systems subject matter expertise and technical leadership within the areas of platform systems, power and propulsion, mission systems and aviation systems.
  • Contributing to the leadership and management of the efficient, timely and safe implementation of in-service design change, including update and upgrade activities
  • Providing authoritative evidence to demonstrate that design intent has been achieved and ensure that the design change has been holistically integrated
  • Ensuring that the QEC Safety Case has integrity, is comprehensive, coherent and consistent.
  • Identifying and propose opportunities for improvement of Platform design
  • Showing cognisance in safety and environmental effect in the marine environment.
  • Providing suitable information or instruction for the team to undertake all activities in a safe and environmentally friendly way (re-write so it flows better please)

Your skills and experiences:


  • Degree qualified in Mechanical / Marine Engineering and member of a relevant professional body. Registered as, or working towards, Chartered Engineer status.
  • Knowledge of marine auxiliary and platform systems
  • Understanding of Design Change integration and standards


  • Royal Navy, Maritime background or time served engineer from industry looking for next step up
  • An understanding and experience of the defence maritime industry, especially the MoD Maritime structure and departments


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.

The QEC WTA Marine Systems Principal Mechanical Engineer:

The QEC Warship Technical Authority (WTA) combined with the DE&S QEC Warship Approving Authority form the QEC Design Authority. This role provides governance and oversight of Engineering decisions that affect QEC Marine Systems

Working on the largest warship ever in service with the RN, and the Nation’s flagship, this will be a challenging and rewarding career with lot of potential for development and progression.

This team has a strong track record of professional development with support in achieving CEng accreditation. You will be exposed to various opportunities to gain experience in working across different divisions and roles elsewhere in the wider warship support function.

The QEC WTA – Principal Mechanical Engineer will contribute specialist knowledge in mechanical engineering. You will undertake a wide range of engineering activities, supplying advice and support to the QEC WTA, QEC Engineering team and other functions, organising and co-ordinating aspects of engineering activity in order to meet the demanding programme of the Royal Navy and MOD customers whilst continually maintaining quality and service requirements. You will be responsible for providing systems engineering capability across a broad set of challenges to meet the needs of QEC COM and customer programmes.

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.