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Principal Engineer Electrical and Electronic Capability

BAE Systems
Frimley, Surrey, England / England, Filton, Gloucestershire / Cumbria, England, Barrow-In-Furness
Closing date
8 Dec 2020

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Principal Engineer - Electrical and Electronic Capability Development

Would you like to play a pivotal role supporting engineering projects across multiple Royal Navy submarine programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer - Domain Cluster Support (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) at our sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Filton and Frimley.

As a Principal Engineer you will be involved with Electrical and Electronic Engineering teams across various programmes. You will work closely with the delivery teams to understand their challenges around people, process, toolsets, technology, information management and specialist facilities. You will solve problems, create and deliver on action plans. Interface with Engineering Function Capability teams to ensure timely input to integrated business plans via the Domain Lead. Report status of delivery of such a plan and enable onward reporting to Submarines, Maritime and Corporate functional reviews, to ensure the engineering capability within your disciplines are fit to deliver today and in the future.

This role will provide you with considerable autonomy as you define how best to perform support your delivery teams. You will help to determine the direction for this discipline for the whole business unit, across all programmes current and future. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in capability management and will provide a good stepping stone into engineering leadership/project management roles in the future. You will quickly find yourself interacting with senior stakeholders on a regular basis, as well as having the opportunity to influence change

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer - Domain Cluster Support (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Understanding the multiple programme demands for resource, identifying prioritisation decisions required to meet the programmes needs and the career development of individuals

Ensuring the continued technical and professional development of Electrical and Electronic engineers

Managing the Professional Institution relationships in conjunction with the People Capability Team

Chairing meetings and workshops to develop, improve and sustain processes

Supporting delivery of governance (compliance) against business processes

Supporting development and maintenance of a plan for specialist toolsets, to ensure are fit for purpose and as efficient as they can be

Working with the Engineering Managers and stakeholders to establish a technology development plan for Electrical and Electronic engineers

Supporting the transformation of the Engineering Function, developing the services we provide to the delivery teams

Interfacing with other business functions (HR, Security, Site etc.) in support of your delivery teams

Your skills and qualifications:


Degree qualified within an appropriate engineering domain (or equivalent qualification or experience), such as: electronic engineering, mechatronics or related discipline

Appreciation and generalist understanding of one or more of of the following sub-disciplines: Control and Instrumentation, Communications Systems, Power Systems, Electrical Systems Modelling

Engineering systems design


Project leadership/capability management experience

Experience in Capability Management

Chartered or working towards

What we're looking for in you:

You must possess excellent communication skills, alongside influencing ability to build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders and to be able to implement creative improvements with. You must also have good organisational skills to be able to effectively prioritise your own diverse workload

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, Filton, Frimley

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.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and 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.

Find out more at #subsgodeeper on LinkedIn


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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