Principal Structural Engineer

BAE Systems UK

Location: Cumbria

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Principal Engineer - Structural Engineering

Location: Barrow-In-Furness. 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:

  • Lead the detailed design, support to build, delivery and in-service support for marine engineering and manufacture of large sub-systems. Support to the definition and development of user, system, and sub system requirements through to demonstration of acceptance
  • Lead technical specification preparation and management of requirements, acceptance, verification, and validation of requirements
  • System ownership and management of transversals and stakeholders, including interface management and part maturity management
  • Coordinating all engineering activities conducted within the elements of the departments work breakdown structure which SED is responsible, including managing the engineering dependencies with all non-Engineering stakeholders
  • To hold designated design authority for SED aspects of the vessel design including but not limited to elements of structural engineering design and analysis
  • To competently select and apply current design standards for naval vessels, including the development and ownership of departmental process documentation
  • Specialist understanding and experience in the use and interpretation of the computer based analytical techniques used by the department such as finite element analysis, CAD modelling and engineering schematics
  • Represent the department at internal and customer design reviews and to participate/present at external customer design/acceptance reviews

Your skills and experiences:


  • Degree qualified in Structural Engineering or Mechanical/Civil Engineering with a significant Structural Focus. Chartered or capable of being chartered within 12 months
  • Detailed Knowledge and experience in the use of structural/mechanical engineering principles and practices in a relevant industry
  • Detailed Knowledge and experience in systems engineering and engineering specification composition
  • Detailed Knowledge and experience in classical structural analysis, ability to use appropriate first principles/standard or code formulae are considered key qualifications
  • Detailed Knowledge and experience in finite element analysis methods and/or software, or appropriate significant experience assessing such reports, as applicable to role
  • Detailed Knowledge experience in design and manufacture, as applicable to role


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 Structural Engineering team:

The Structures department (SED) is a specialist team of Engineers, who together provide the business with the capability to design all the major structural elements that make up a nuclear submarine.

This includes the pressure hull, decks, tanks, bulkheads, and external structures that make up the bridge fin, casing, forward and aft external structures. The department also provides a stress analysis service to other functions in particular pipe stressing.

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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