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Sub-Surface Trainers System Design Authority

BAE Systems
England, Hampshire, Portsmouth
Closing date
4 Nov 2020
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Sub-Surface Trainers System Design Authority

Would you like to play a key role within the Subsurface Trainers projects, being responsible for system definition and design decision-making? We currently have a vacancy for a Sub-Surface Trainers System Design Authority at our site in Portsmouth.

As the Sub-Surface Trainers System Design Authority, you will be accountable for the safety and performance of the training system products via technical oversight of the entire development lifecycle starting from requirements, through design and implementation, to support.

This role will also require you to provide technical oversight to the team involved in developing future technologies for the training systems.

Your main responsibilities as a Sub-Surface Trainers System Design Authority will involve:

Act as the Technical Authority for the entire range of training systems (products) in the sub-surface training area, defining the requirements, interfaces and trade-offs required to meet the product, programme, business and customer needs

Interface with and influence external customers/stakeholders to shape customer requirements through close working; interfacing with customers, suppliers and other functions, acting as an ambassador for training systems engineering to these groups

Guide (technically lead) the technical design processes and resultant solutions through the lifecycle; retaining focus on the technical compliance, system complexity, 'design for' trade-offs and schedule constraints

Ensure the products meet all contractual, regulatory and legislative requirements

Provide technical support to the project manager, making recommendations on all technical aspects pertaining to the projects whilst ensuring the balance between technical risk and cost and schedule is fully understood for the solutions

Ensure that product changes and/or updates are in-line with future technology strategy, utilising common technologies with other programmes wherever possible

Lead internal design reviews for the systems. Act of the technical focus point for all LCM and external reviews, preparing and presenting technical aspects to those involved as required

Work in conjunction with the other SDAs ensuring that information and experience are spread amongst the community and adequate challenge is given to proposals, plans, private venture tasks, and design principles

Lead study proposals relating to the sub-surface trainers area, including report-writing presentations and estimating (system design aspects)

Support business winning and bid management activities as the technical lead for sub-surface trainer projects

Your skills and qualifications:


A sound knowledge and experience of BAE Systems' engineering governance and lifecycle management processes, including design certification

The ability to perform system design and to take high-level solution decisions for complex training systems comprising both hardware and software, integrating bespoke applications and third-party applications

Experience of the design of software-intensive systems

Experience and knowledge of a variety of simulation techniques/approaches


Extensive experience of training and/or simulation systems design

A detailed knowledge and understanding of the Naval equipment and training domain and of the approaches available to meet training needs

Experience and knowledge of networked and virtualised systems design

Experience and knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems design

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a proactive individual, able to work with minimal supervision, who is capable of communicating effectively, both orally and written, with colleagues, clients and customers at all levels. This will allow you to explain difficult technical subject matters to non-specialists and others.

You will be a team player and be able to demonstrate a track record of working within successful teams.

You will also be a rational problem solver and able to assess risks, both technical, project and business related.

Location: Portsmouth Broad Oak

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.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

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. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

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.

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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