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System Design Authority

BAE Systems UK

Location: Cumbria

Job Type: Not Specified


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Job Title: System Design Authority

Location: Broad Oak, Great Baddow or Cowes – This is a hybrid role – 2-3 days on site but can be flexible

Salary: Up to £62,900 (dependent on skills and experience)

What you’ll be doing:

  • Act as the Design/Technical Authority for a portfolio, programme or project to meet the product, service, programme, business and customer needs
  • Interface with and influence external customers/stakeholders to shape customer requirements
  • Guide the technical design processes and resultant solutions
  • Ensure the products meet all contractual, regulatory and legislative requirements
  • Provide technical support to the project manager, making recommendations on all technical aspects pertaining to the projects
  • Ensure that product changes and/or updates are in-line with and influence the future technology strategy
  • Lead internal design reviews for the systems
  • Lead study proposals, including report-writing presentations and estimating (system design aspects)
  • Support Research and Development (R&D) initiatives

Your skills and experiences:


  • Sound knowledge and experience of engineering governance
  • Ability to understand and propose solution recommendations
  • Ensure the balance between technical risk and cost is fully understood
  • Experience of designing software-intensive systems


  • Experience of training and/or simulation systems design is highly desirable
  • A good awareness of emerging technologies
  • A degree-level engineering qualification or relevant industry experience


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.

Our Training Systems team:

The System Design Authority (SDA) role sits within the Training Systems team and is responsible for system definition, design trade-offs and decision making ensuring that all areas of the capability being developed are complete, consistent and coherent.

Our team provides the technical oversight in developing technologies, designs, integration, validation, acceptance and support.

You will have the opportunity for development into more senior SDA roles on larger projects or head of Engineering and Technology.

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.