Engineering Manager - Human Factors Site Safety

BAE Systems UK

Location: Cumbria

Job Type: Not Specified



Job title: Engineering Manager – Human Factors

Location: Office locations include Barrow-in Furness, Frimley, Bristol, and Portsmouth, 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:

  • Leading the Submarines Human Factors Safety input to the Submarine Design programmes and Site and Facilities programmes
  • Ensuring the effective delivery of Human Factors resource to t the HF Safety activities within Boat programmes and Site and facilities programmes to meet required demands
  • Interfacing with and influencing internal and external stakeholders for Human Factors, including any conflicting interests
  • Promoting the importance of Human Factors Integration within the Submarines business, Site and Facilities and Safety Related Programmes
  • Working at a strategic level developing the Submarines Site and Facilities Human Factors Capability including personnel, processes, toolsets, technology, facilities / infrastructure, and information management
  • Expanding the Human Factors Team's Research and Technology capability, exploring and acting on research opportunities to build on existing the knowledge within the team
  • Networking with the Human Factors community to share knowledge and with internal stakeholders to raise awareness of the value of Human Factors input to the design of products, systems, facilities and procedures

Your skills and experiences:


  • Degree/MSc/PhD in Human Factors/Ergonomics/ Psychology / other relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Project Management Skills or qualifications with experience leading a team
  • Experience of collaborating with other functions on large-scale, complex system development and integration projects


  • Experience of leading Human Factors activities and applying Human Factors methods
  • Experience of applying Human Factors methods in a defence or other high-hazard, regulated industry e.g., Rail, automotive, nuclear and / or experience of working on short duration, applied research and consultancy support projects
  • Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, British Psychological Society, or equivalent body
  • A high-level understanding of Human Reliability Analysis (HRA) or experience of conducting HRA
  • Experience of working in the field of Nuclear Safety


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 Human Factors team:

You will be responsible for the provision and leadership of Human Factors expertise to projects across all platforms including the next generation Submarine and the facilities in which it is built, optimising the design of complex products and systems to ensure the safety, wellbeing and performance of BAE Systems and Royal Navy's end users. In an expanding team, this highly visible and strategic role will give you the opportunity to influence and help shape Human Factors going forward, collaborating with a diverse range of key stakeholders including industry partners, Royal Navy, and the MoD.

Our projects are diverse and highly complex, requiring a great level of pragmatism and unique problem-solving skills. We are immersed in the life cycle of the Submarine from design through to build and operation but also support the design of site facilities and equipment used to build and launch the Submarine.

At the heart of the team is a community - we have over 20 Human Factors Specialists with a broad range of experience from those developing in role to highly specialised individuals approaching 30-40 years in the field. We have a strong mentoring and coaching ethos and offer a clear and fully supported progression route.

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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