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Senior Project Engineer

BAE Systems
Portsmouth, England, Hampshire
Closing date
11 Dec 2020
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Senior Project Engineer

Would you like to play a key role delivering engineering support to operational Warship support projects? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Project Engineer at our site in Portsmouth.

As a Senior Project Engineer, you will be responsible for supporting the Project Engineering Manager (PEM) to ensure that the engineering service delivered to Warships in Portsmouth Naval Base and globally is safe and delivers a functional engineering product.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment, supporting the development and delivery of the engineering programme of work for all warships in Portsmouth. You will be working with a variety of stakeholders delivering engineering decisions at the waterfront, ensuring ships get back to sea on time and with the correct level of integrity.

There will also be significant opportunities for further development within this role including support in planning the next steps in your career enroute to future Engineering Leadership roles.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Project Engineer will involve:

During project delivery, resolve production queries as quickly as practicable within safety / design intent. This includes carrying out engineering calculations, investigate and resolve engineering and maintenance support issues, and to support Ops, COMs and Project Management functions in the delivery of ship projects or programmes

Making engineering decisions within own sphere of responsibility and PEMs delegated authority (within Design Intent)

During project planning, review all work in conjunction with ship's staff, COM and Ops to ensure that it contains sufficient engineering content, appropriate levels of acceptance and assurance and that product safety / quality considerations have been incorporated into the Project Haz ID / Quality Scope

Supporting the PEM in maintaining engineering oversight, providing engineering governance, assurance and facilitating Warship Support to ensure overall quality and integrity of production work in addition to formal quality related events

Being responsible for the line management of Project Engineers within their respective Engineering Support teams

Supporting the Project Engineer Management Team in driving Continuous Improvement across Warship Support including: Technology & Innovation, Productivity and Right First-Time interventions

Your skills and qualifications:


Relevant engineering degree (or equivalent experience/qualification) held

Knowledge and experience of design support activities with ability to conduct engineering calculations, technical investigation and report writing in support of tasking requirements

A broad knowledge of Mechanical, Electrical, Constructive, and Electronic Systems within a maritime environment or an adjacent market which may include:

Propulsion and steering systems
Water production and treatment
Refrigeration and air conditioning
Electrical generation and distribution
Navigation and communication electronics

Deck equipment including cranes and winching gear

Aviation support systems
Door, hatches and windows
Combat and mission systems

Either a Chartered Engineer or actively working towards gaining Chartered Engineer Registration


Experience in an Engineering position supporting complex engineering projects

Experience of repair, maintenance and integration of ships systems and equipment

Experience of the development of ships, and the procurement of marine systems, equipment and materials

Master's degree is an advantage

Full driving licence held

Willing to travel abroad

What we're looking for in you:

You will be proactive with excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), enabling technical discussions with a wide range of stakeholders. This will allow you to work constructively within a team and across the whole project to ensure that objectives are met, whilst showcasing your commitment, drive and self-motivation.

Location: 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.

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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