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Principal Product Assurance Engineer (Strategic Weapon Systems)

BAE Systems
Cumbria, England / Cumbria, Dalton-In-Furness, England
Closing date
10 Dec 2020
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Principal Product Assurance Engineer (Strategic Weapon Systems)

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

As a Principal Product Assurance Engineer (SWS), you will be working as part of the Engineering Product Assurance Department (EPAD) supporting engineering teams with assurance activities, whilst ensuring the product is designed and built in accordance with requirements. You will primarily be supporting the assurance of the SWS, but you may also be involved with other submarine electrical and mechanical systems.

The purpose of the role is to ensure that customer requirements are met, as well as working with the engineering teams to identify any issues that could arise from UK and US interfaces that may have a whole boat impact.

EPAD is an exciting team to join within BAE Systems, and will give you the chance to gain good exposure to all of the different submarine programmes and a range of submarine systems. Future career progression could include Engineering Management roles within EPAD, the engineering function or the Test & Commissioning function.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Product Assurance Engineer (Strategic Weapon Systems) will involve:

Providing the Chief Engineer (Assurance & Safety) with technical and assurance advice relevant to the Strategic Weapon Support Systems (SWSS) Selected Ship Systems (SSS) aspects of SWS

Providing technical and assurance advice relevant to whole boat systems, procedures, transversals and standards that have an impact on Strategic Systems operation, performance and safety

Participating in design reviews and sitting on test groups to provide assurance of the results of testing

Supporting the development and maintenance of the technical and safety assurance programmes

Compiling assurance evidence of whole boat impact through review, surveillance and audit of SWS design, build, commissioning, and certification process, plans, activities and outputs, as required by the Product Assurance Programme and to ensure required levels of compliance, safety, performance and security

Providing assurance evidence, supporting the arrangements for the whole boat safe management of embarked strategic munitions

Identifying and monitoring SWS issues emerging from all product lifecycle stages that compromise or modify the whole boat design intent, ensuring appropriate ownership and management to a satisfactory conclusion

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Product Assurance Engineer (Strategic Weapon Systems):


Good working knowledge of Strategic Weapon Systems

Experience from one of the following backgrounds:

  • Royal Navy SWS operator/maintainer
  • Engineer with experience of design/product assurance/testing with strategic weapons systems products


Product assurance experience

Maritime industry experience

Appreciation of Life Cycle Management (LCM) design reviews, audits, change management, design proving, product verification, build surveillance and/or product assurance, qualification activities and issue resolution

What we're looking for in you:

You will be an excellent communicator with strong stakeholder management skills and the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships. You will be an organised and proactive individual, who is able to ensure all issues are managed to a satisfactory conclusion.

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.

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.

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