Principal Safety Engineer

BAE Systems
Weymouth, England, Dorset
Closing date
5 Sep 2019
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Principal Safety Engineer

Are you looking to apply your Safety Engineering knowledge and expertise to the design of cutting edge systems for the UK's existing and future submarine fleet? BAE Systems have opportunities for Principal Safety Engineers to join the Combat Systems Team based in a variety of locations in the South of England.

The Combat System encompasses the submarine's 'fight capability'. This includes its ability to carry out all of the below whilst remaining undetected by other parties:

Detect targets above and below the water

Circumnavigate the globe underwater

Intercept and send communications

Load and fire weapons and countermeasures

Joining the Combat Systems team will give you a unique and exciting opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to a range of complex systems and platforms. You could be working on existing submarines such as the in-service Astute class, new classes currently in the design stage, and even future programmes which are looking at concept designs for submarines that won't be in service for generations.

As a Principal Safety Engineer you will be carrying out a range of Safety Engineering activities and analyses on all areas of the combat system, including navigation, command and control, and communication systems. This work will contribute to the development and maintenance of Def Stan 00-56 safety cases, to demonstrate that the safety risks of operating the submarine are as low as reasonably practicable.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal System Safety Engineer will involve:

Developing functional safety justifications for defence systems based on claims, argument and evidence

Organising and contributing to Hazard Identification workshops and Safety Committee meetings

Carrying out and analysing results of studies such as Failure Mode & Effects Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, to gather evidence to support the safety case

Engaging with third parties, such as equipment or system suppliers, to review and gather supporting safety case evidence

Production and maintenance of Safety Case documentation (plans, policies and reports) to support project milestones

Conducting Risk Management in accordance with Def Stan 00-56

Reporting the progress of Safety Engineering activities at Project and Programme reviews

As a PrincipalSafety Engineer you will be expected to work autonomously communicating with system subject matter experts, MoD customers, system users (Royal Navy) and Technical Authorities for CS sub-systems.

Working within an established Safety Management System you will bring your expertise and experience to make recommendations for improvements where appropriate, at the same time keeping abreast of changing safety standards and industry best-practice.

As a Principal Safety Engineer you will use your experience and knowledge to mentor and support junior engineers through their career development.

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal System Safety Engineer:

Demonstrable experience in safety engineering safety and activities contributing to the production of platform-level safety cases

Relevant engineering qualification such as BEng/ MEng or equivalent

Broad knowledge of industry safety standards (such as Def Stan 00-56, IEC 61508 or similar)

What we're looking for in you:

We are looking for you to be hardworking, self-motivated and driven, with the ability to prioritise your workload appropriately. You will be adaptable, as you will be exposed to a wide variety of engineering problems, often troubleshooting to meet project deadlines.


For the right candidate, we will consider any of our Southern sites:

Weymouth (preferred location)


Bristol (Filton)



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.

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 Submarines - Combat Systems

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century. It currently employs approximately 7,700 people, with 500 of these working for Combat Systems across our sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Ash Vale, Broad Oak, Filton, Frimley and Weymouth.

We are currently responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of the Royal Navy's latest and most capable generation of attack submarines, as well as their intelligent Combat Systems trusted to detect threats in the naval environment.

Our Combat Systems team designs, builds, integrates and supports all of the submarine combat systems in the UK fleet - essentially, the eyes and ears of each platform. We provide through-life support for combat systems, sensors and radars, and deliver complex programmes and technologies by applying expert programme management and world-class engineering.

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

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.


At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

We’re pleased to launch a BAE Systems first; an interactive video. If you are interested in learning more about working with submarines, click the link below to experience, in your own way, a day in the life at the BAE Systems submarine shipyard.

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