Principal Engineer - Combat Systems (Sonar)

BAE Systems UK

Location: Surrey

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Principal Engineer - Combat Systems (Sonar)

Location: Frimley, Filton, Portsmouth or Weymouth. We offer flexible hybrid working arrangements and you will be expected to attend your nearest site at least 1 day per week.

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

You will receive full training in order to complete the below:

  • To execute, evaluate, deliver, and manage Underwater Systems Engineering functional tasks or programmes
  • Managing the configuration and integration of the sonar equipment
  • Managing design change of the in-build and in-service submarine systems
  • Carrying out fault diagnosis and defect rectification and subsequent design improvement
  • Carrying out supplier visits to support the management of the build and integration of the systems
  • Being involved in design reviews, including those with suppliers, ship builder and the MoD customer
  • Stakeholder engagement and management. Liaising with the platform team and different suppliers
  • The point of contact for all requests relating to the equipment
  • Document Control
  • Identify and implement opportunities for personal and team development to ensure that professional capability of the business and individual are sustained and improved

Your skills and experiences:

  • Any engineering degree or equivalent (electrical or mechanical)
  • Experience interacting and building relationships with stakeholders of all levels, including suppliers and customers
  • Knowledge and experience of the full engineering life cycle, including requirements management, design, and integration is advantageous
  • We will consider any engineering background but experience in a system engineering or systems integration environment would be desirable
  • Sonar experience would be beneficial but essential as we do offer full training
  • SC clearance would be advantageous


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 Underwater Surveillance team:

The Underwater Surveillance Team sits within Integrated Combat Systems (ICS) and is a subset working on implementing and managing of some of the most integral Submarine systems, working at the very forefront of modern technology for underwater surveillance.

The team is also working across all phases of the engineering lifecycle on the design, build and integration of Towed Array Handling Systems (TAHS) on UK submarine platforms. The TAHS is designed and built by external suppliers, so it is important that you are able to maintain a close level of communication and stakeholder management to execute successful integration of the TAHS.

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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