ILS Engineer - Technical Author

BAE Systems
England, Portsmouth, Hampshire / Scotland, Glasgow
Closing date
27 Sep 2019

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Technical Author

Would you like to play a pivotal part in the delivery of Support Information Documentation for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Program? We currently have a vacancy for a Technical Author at our site in Glasgow or Portsmouth. Training in this field can be provided for the right individual.



As a Technical Author, you will contribute to the development and delivery of Support Information Documentation for the entire ship, in the form of an Interactive Electronic Technical Publication (IETP). The IETP will inform Royal Navy staff how to safely operate, maintain, diagnose and repair all T26 systems and equipment fitted to the ship.


This role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to work alongside suppliers worldwide in the development of the UK's most advanced generation of global combat ships.


Your main responsibilities as a Technical Author will involve:



Liaising with Supply Chain to arrange and manage meetings with equipment suppliers to ensure they will deliver to the requirements placed on them.


Review supplier deliveries against their contracted requirements and coordinating reviews with other Support and Engineering functions to ensure they have been met.


Producing production specifications for sub-contracted production and effectively managing the lifecycle of the sub-contracted packages.


Responsibility for managing support information specific subcontractors, in collaboration with the Supply Chain team, to ensure timely, compliant deliveries.


Manage technical documentation in a Common Source Database (CSDB) environment through to IETP creation.


Your skills and qualifications:


Practical experience in production and authoring of technical documentation



Experience using/implementing S1000D, SGML, XML


HNC/ HND/ Degree or equivalent level qualification in relevant discipline


Good communication skills enabling technical discussions with internal customers and suppliers.


Engineering Background, Mechanical/Electrical/Weapons



Experience using authoring packages (Arbortext/FrameMaker etc.)


Experience of working within a CSDB


What we're looking for in you:


You will be a forward thinking and analytic person with excellent problem solving skills. You will work well to you own initiative, being flexible and adaptable to change, as well as working well in a team environment.

Location: Glasgow or Portsmouth

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 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.


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!


Join us and the projects you'll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.


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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