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Head of Non-Destructive Examination and Welding Control

BAE Systems
England, Hampshire, Portsmouth
Closing date
21 Jan 2021
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Would you like to play a critical role in the leadership and development of welding and NDE capability across our Maritime Services division? We currently have a vacancy for a Head of Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) and Welding Control at our site in Portsmouth Naval Base.

As Head of NDE and Welding Control, you will be heading up the teams that provide NDE services and welding quality control for all aspects of warship and Naval base support. You will represent BAE Systems at a national level, to help provide business input for planning, training, development and engage in cross-functional best practices and technology-sharing initiatives. You will also be the main point of contact for external stakeholders such as, suppliers, customers, classification societies and external auditors.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work within a diverse and challenging environment. You will gain exposure to all warship platforms and have the opportunity to develop your career within the welding and quality framework.

Your main responsibilities as a Head of Non-Destructive Examination and Welding Control will involve:

Assisting in investigations relating to product failures and processes

Managing the generation of new technical procedures relating to Welding/NDE

Working closely with all areas of the business to enhance skills and customer satisfaction

Advising BAE Systems senior management on all aspects relating to welding/NDE equipment, including recruiting, training, new technology and to make recommendations and create business cases as and when required

Overseeing the development, maintenance and review of the Quality System within our NDEC welding control organisation ensuring compliance with the requirements of our British Standards EN ISO 9001 Quality System

Managing compliance with classification society's rules, British Standards, MOD DEFSTANS and company specifications

Overseeing the development of all safety related procedures, COSHH, risk and method assessments and reviewing of these documents

Your skills and qualifications as Head of Non-Destructive Examination and Welding Control:


HNC/ONC or equivalent qualification in a constructive background i.e. fabrication or welding

Previous demonstratable engineering and management experience

Experience of working within quality control

Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages and excellent IT Skills

Previous experience and ownership of budget and financial responsibilities

Hold a valid qualification in NEBOSH or IOSH


Defence industry experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will possess strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate and manage others in a challenging and ever-changing environment. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills that will allow you to engage with stakeholders on all levels, both internally and externally. You will have the ability to negotiate and influence others with a courteous and tactful attitude. You will have a good business acumen and a willingness to travel when required for this role.

Location: Portsmouth Naval Base

Salary: Competitive

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.

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.

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