Principal Mechanical Engineer - Product Assurance

BAE Systems
England, Cumbria / England, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria
Closing date
21 Sep 2020

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Design, Mechanical, Systems
Defence, Marine
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Principal Mechanical Engineer (Product Assurance)

Would you like to play a key role in the mechanical assurance of submarine systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Mechanical Engineer (Product Assurance) at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Mechanical Engineer (Product Assurance), within the Engineering Product Assurance Department (EPAD), you will be providing the Head of Function with technical assurance advice relevant to a number of mechanical submarine systems. These will include: Naval reactor plant, propulsion and whole boat platform systems and associated equipment. You will be part of a team whose role it is to provide assurance that all the products BAE Systems Submarines produce meet their requirements, are safe to operate and are compliant with statutory legal and regulatory requirements.

This diverse role will provide you with a real opportunity to gain a broad overview of BAE submarine enterprise with the chance to work across current and future classes of submarine with a broad range of programme stakeholders.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Mechanical Engineer (Product Assurance) will involve:

Compiling assurance evidence through review, surveillance/audit of mechanical systems design, build, commissioning and certification activities as required by the Technical Assurance Programme

Supporting Test Groups by ensuring test documentation is validated and followed in a correct manner

Reviewing documentation and plans for surveillance and audit for all aspects of the submarine mechanical activities and systems including through-life capability as well as support

Working closely with Quality Assurance, the Engineering Function, the Dockside Test Organisation (DTO), Projects team and MoD in delivering assurance against design intent for build and commissioning phases of submarine production; These will include process instructions, workmanship standards and risk assessments applicable to the scope of work as well as adhering to all HS&E rules and control measures

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Mechanical Engineer (Product Assurance):


Degree qualified/ CAT A/B Nuclear Watchkeeper or equivalent qualification/ experience within Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline

Mechanical experience gained from a complex engineering environment either from a design, testing or submarine operator background


Experience of marine/ defence industry

Chartered Engineer or working towards Chartered Status

What we're looking for in you:

You must possess strong stakeholder engagement ability; quickly establishing professional relationships to ensure mechanical design and system integration are at the forefront of engineering solutions. You will be able to put forward a clear and credible reasoning in either support engineering decisions or providing the argument why you do not support the decision. You will be used to working autonomously and be a motivated person. Taking responsibility for your own work, you will be confident to work without immediate supervision to ensure the swift and accurate delivery of high-quality work.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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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