Principal Electrical Engineer

BAE Systems
Isle of Wight, England, Cowes
26 Apr 2018
24 May 2018
Caroline Dey
Job Type

Principal Electrical Engineer

Would you like to play a key role in the design and development of radar products? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Electrical Engineer at our site in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

As a Principal Electrical Engineer, you will be working as part of the Product and Training Services (P&TS) Engineering Function that delivers all design, development, support to manufacturing and in-service support of radar products. You will be working across products such as: the Sampson multi-function radar fitted to the T45 Destroyer, the Artisan surveillance and target indication radar fitted to T23 Frigates, and the Commander Air Defence land-based radar, in service with the RAF.

Working as part of a multidiscipline team, you will be reporting to the Programme Engineering Manager for the Radar product and may have one or more Electrical Engineers reporting into you for key tasks and activities. You will be involved in designing efficient sub-systems for radar products, ensuring a more affordable product, enhancing the capability and availability of the radar for customers.

Radar is an exciting and unique engineering field, with increasingly sophisticated electronics, materials, and signal processing, leading to remarkable advances in the cost and performance of individual and networked radar systems. This role will provide you with the chance to develop as an engineer, with the potential for excellent career progression opportunities in the future.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Electrical Engineer will involve:

Carrying out electrical design activities including feasibility studies, research, design, development and post design services, involving the full Engineering Lifecycle, to meet defined project or business requirements

Carrying out the design of AC and DC distribution systems

Carrying out the design of motor drives, control, and positioning systems

Specifying the design of data links, data protocols, networks and servicing the requirements of procured radio communications equipment

Carrying out EMC management and verification, including design verification using a combination of simulation, analysis, test techniques plus supporting EMC test houses and customer installation

Drafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipients

Preparing and submitting technical proposals and tenders as directed by a bid manager in order to provide costed proposals for future work

Underwriting and estimating bids, within authorised value levels, to ensure that they capture all requirements, customer obligations and acceptance criteria

Liaising with MOD establishments, test facilities, sub-contractors and customers as required to satisfy the needs of project or the business

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Electrical Engineer:


Engineering Degree or equivalent, in a relevant Engineering or Science subject

Familiarity with the electrical standards/legislation, such as: IET 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, the Low Voltage Directive, European Electrical Safety Standards and EMC standards

Experience mentoring others/leading more junior staff members

Previous experience of operating in a defence or high safety integrity environment


Chartered Engineer, or working towards

What we're looking for in you:

You will be able to work effectively both independently, as well as within a team, with an honest and transparent attitude to the professional working environment. You will also have the ability to lead others and present technical information to a range of audiences.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us.

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy's complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

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