Principal Quality Engineer

BAE Systems
Cumbria, England, Barrow-In-Furness
14 Mar 2019
28 Mar 2019
Grainne Henderson
Job Type

Principal Quality Engineer

Would you like to have the opportunity to work within Quality working on enabling our Submarine programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Quality Engineer at our site in Barrow.

As a Principal Quality Engineer you will be working within the Quality Department supporting the Operations Function to ensure work packages are completed right first time with zero defects.

The primary objective of this role is to provide a Process Assurance, Governance and Control Capability on submarine build operations, and to drive continuous improvement on any issues found. This role will provide you with an opportunity to work first hand on our Submarine products liaising with the business to deliver Quality Engineering Solutions to build line support issues.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Quality Engineer will involve:

Build Control - Completing Regular Process Confirmations of key manufacturing process risks providing Governance and Control over build processes, so the product is produced Right First Time

Product Verification Support - Supporting Operations during Product Verifications and Pack Walks with the aim of preventing Notifications through on the job coaching

Corrective Actions - Where Process Issues are found, Support and Lead Corrective Action Investigations to identify Root Cause of Issue and prevent issue reoccurrence

Good To Go Checks - Work with the boat teams to ensure sufficient Quality Planning in place for Major Milestones to prevent defects, and utilise LFE and lessons learned from previous issues

Tooling Checks - Surveillance of Tooling, Calibration, and Consumables etc to verify correct equipment is being used during construction and test

Document Reviews - Ensuring Workmanship Standards, Scope Sheets and Drawings Contain Correct Level of information to complete job and can be easily applied by operations

Conditions Management - Supporting 5S Conditions Management on Boats, in lay downs areas and workshops

Notification Management - Supporting the Closure and Resolution of Open Notifications to ensure they are closed in 28 days or key evented to a Work Order

Your skills and qualifications:


Experience in Submarine Key Manufacturing Processes and Boat Build Knowledge

Good understanding of Quality Tools and Techniques

Proven History of Driving Change

Pro-Active Pragmatic Problem Solving Mind Set

Good Stakeholder Management

Good Communications Skills

Formal Quality or Engineering Qualification


Experience of Lean practices, Problem Solving and Improvement activities

Lead Auditor

Inspection Experience / Understanding

Test and Commissioning Experience/Understanding

Nuclear Standards Experience/Understanding

What we're looking for in you:

You will possess excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels.

You must be a Proactive, articulate and dynamic individual who is always looking for a credible and feasible solution to problems.

Location: Barrow

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, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Maritime Naval Ships

We design and build a full range of naval ships, giving customers the capability to fulfil extensive naval operations. We also develop and integrate state of the art combat systems for the surface fleet, equipping customers with the best possible information to operate effectively in modern naval environments. We are committed to creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations, commerce, communities and people. That's work that inspires us. That's BAE Systems.

You will find we offer a wealth of career options. From offshore patrol vessels through to Type 26 Global Combat Ship and QE Class aircraft carriers, the projects you'll be involved with are exciting and challenging and will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.