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Principal Engineer - Weights

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BAE Systems UK
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Job Title: Principal Engineer - Weights

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Bristol, Filton, Frimley, Weymouth, Manchester or Glasgow. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements (Hybrid working arrangements and Part Time considered) - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing weight estimates in support of submarine programmes

  • Using your experience of weight engineering to provide reliable, credible, and accurate weight data

  • Physically weighing, liaising with suppliers and system owners, interrogating CAD models and supporting weights databases

  • Conducting weight surveys on boat

  • Planning and scheduling work packages

  • Engaging regularly with stakeholders in a clear and effective manner

  • Supporting management and team activities

Your skills and experiences:


  • Robust weights engineering knowledge and experience

  • Ability to work independently and provide leadership as part of the team

  • Experience using CAD programmes

  • IT literate in Microsoft packages, experienced knowledge in Excel

  • Degree qualified or extensive experience within weight engineering


  • Experience working with large, complex electrical or Mechanical systems

  • Experience of using CAD packages e.g. SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, RHINO 3D, NX or FORAN

  • Chartered Engineer or working towards


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 Weights team:

A great opportunity to learn more about submarines and develop an engineering career in this exciting field.The Weight Engineering Team are a specialist group of engineers who play a critical role collating, estimating, and calculating mass and centres of gravity in submarine design and build ensuring safe operations.The Team forms an integral part of the Naval Architecture Department, which is responsible for designing the world's most advanced submarines for the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy.

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:

18th July 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.