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Principal Engineer - Design Approval (Survival Systems)

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Job title: Principal Engineer - Design Approval (Survival Systems)

Location: Barrow-in-Furness - We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

Defining, creating, reviewing and accepting technical requirements

Technical Problem Solving often coupled with appropriate management planning abilities

Production of technical documents in the assessment of system capability or performance

Provide expert advice and guidance in own technical area to solve complex technical problems and to mitigate identified risks

Overseeing decisions which will impact the submarine capability in the future including support, future development and maintainability

Work with stakeholders from both the Dreadnought Alliance and other organisations including ship builder, project planners and other subject matter experts

Your skills and experiences:

Have wide ranging experience or knowledge of Systems Engineering

In depth knowledge in one or more of the following applications:

fixed firefighting systems (shipborne would be advantageous)

maritime abandonment and rescue systems

atmosphere management of isolated environments to sustain freedom of respiration

radiation monitoring

Hold a degree (Level 6 or higher) qualification in an Engineering or STEM subject, or able to demonstrate equivalent experience

Awareness of Quality Assurance activities or Build Acceptance processes


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 Dreadnought Alliance SubSys team:

The SubSys team sits within the Dreadnought Alliance Engineering Platform Group reporting directly to Dreadnought Deputy Chief Engineer. The SubSys team supports the Equipment System Owner (ESO) for Submarine Systems (SubSys) who, working as part of the Platform Major System Approving Authority (MSAA) and Whole Boat Approving Authority (WBAA) for Dreadnought, is delegated to approve and accept the design and product against defined requirements. The SubSys team consists of 11 Engineers, including Royal Navy, MoD civil service and BAE Systems engineers, split into 3 groups, each led by a Principle Engineer; Survival Equipment Group, Habitability Equipment Group and Submarine Operating System Group.

The Dreadnought Alliance is formed between the Ministry of Defence’s Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. The Alliance Engineering team are responsible for delivery of safe and fit for purpose Dreadnought submarines to the Whole Boat Technical Specification, through acting as the principal point of accountability for specific delegations, delivery and governance of major scopes of Alliance engineering activity.

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: 20th 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.