Principal Mechanical Engineer
Principal Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineer at our site in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
As a Principal Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineers reporting into you for key tasks. You will be involved in design activities 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 Mechanical Engineer will involve:
Carrying out mechanical engineering design tasks to include feasibility studies, research, design, development and post design services, involving the full Engineering Lifecycle, to meet defined project and business requirements
Carrying out mechanical structural analysis, hand calculations, FEA modelling and thermal analysis
Specifying the materials, tolerances, finishes, composite construction, strengths and weights of all aspects of mechanical design in radar products
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 Mechanical Engineer:
Mechanical engineering degree or equivalent
Mechanical development experience
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
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 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.
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.
With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there's Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!