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Principal Designer - Electrical

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BAE Systems UK
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Job title: PrincipalDesigner - Electrical

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Using the CAD tool to produce 3D models of electrical systems and equipment integration
  • Producing 2D drawing outputs to a demanding schedule to support the manufacturing and production teams in product build and delivery
  • Maturing the 3D model and producing 2D drawing outputs
  • Developing and maintaining working relationships with interfacing teams and team members
  • Working with the client to produce an integrated design that meets their expectations and agreed set of requirements
  • Provide expertise of own discipline to teams
  • To act as a focal point for discipline specific tasks ensuring best practices are adopted

Your skills and experiences:

Essential skills:

  • Relevant engineering qualification or previous experience as an Electrical Designer/Draughtsperson/ Electrician or HNC/NVQ Electrical Designer qualification
  • Sufficient experience to be able to identify all the issues involved in their area of responsibility
  • A comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing, assembly, commissioning and testing processes used within the business

Desirable skills:

  • Submarine or shipbuilding product knowledge from an electrical discipline perspective
  • Experience and knowledge of a CAD toolset 2D Drawing & 3D Modelling


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 Design team:

You will be working in the Electrical Designer discipline carrying out 3D modelling (design and integration) of various electrical systems and compartment integration of electrical equipment. The role also includes work to produce a bill of materials for your specific area in the submarine design and will provide you with the challenge of working with the stakeholder group to drive the successful resolution of design vs spatial problems. Future career progression could include Principal Designer or leadership roles within the team.

These roles also offer paid overtime, subject to business requirements

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.

Closing Date: 29th August 2023

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.