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Senior Engineering Manager - Support Engineering

BAE Systems
Bristol, England / England, Frimley, Surrey / Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
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Senior Engineering Manager - Support Engineering (Technical Support & Authoritative Advice)

Would you like to play a key role within the Submarines Enterprise, managing In-Service engineering activities that enable safe, available and capable submarines? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Engineering Manager, based in the South of England.

As the Senior Engineering Manager - Support Engineering (Technical Support & Authoritative Advice), you will manage the team that supports the MOD Customer and their Stakeholder Community dealing with, and resolving, the day-to-day In-Service Submarines engineering activities and issues, to enable Enterprise delivery of safe, available and capable submarines.

You will provide Subject Matter Expertise, primarily in the area of Combat Systems, but also the wider Platform areas, managing the delivery of engineering outputs from the teams within the In-Service project portfolios, strengthening Customer relationships and leading on In-Service engineering opportunities. Additionally, you will deputise for the department head as required.

This role will provide you with a unique opportunity to contribute to one of the most complex and important engineering programmes in the world today.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Engineering Manager - Support Engineering (Technical Support & Authoritative Advice) will involve:

Being responsible for customer engagement and management of issues regarding Submarine defects, technical queries, and improvement options, including liaising with multiple MOD and internal stakeholders in Combat Systems as well as reach-back into other areas of the business

Resolving engineering divergences between disciplines, systems, capabilities and multiple internal and external stakeholders

Managing and overseeing In-Service Engineering Outputs, ensuring adherence to policy and procedure and delivery to time, quality & cost

Leading on development and updating engineering processes and plans necessary to delivery In-Service engineering outputs and ensure alignment with other business-related processes and interfaces to ensure efficient delivery of In-Service outputs

Chairing In-Service management engineering and team meetings (pan-site) to ensure the department head is provided with a central view of Engineering Issues/Risks/Best Practice across all areas of influence

Being the lead Engineering Manager for identification of growth opportunities, supporting requests for quotation from the customer and being responsible for engineering aspects of subsequent bids for new work.

Your skills and qualifications:


You will be a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Engineering or other related discipline.

You will have significant submarine Combat Systems knowledge and experience.

Detailed understanding of Safety Case and Design Certification processes and their application as part of the submarine qualification, certification and acceptance process.


Ideally, you will have an understanding of MOD/Royal Navy Submarine In-Service Support Policies, Operation and Organisation.

Experience of the MOD/Royal Navy In-Service Support environment, including Combat Systems and the wider platform and whole boat knowledge.

What we're looking for in you:

You will be self-motivated, able to take responsibility for your own outputs and be confident working autonomously and in a structured manner. You will have excellent communication and presentation skills with an ability to engage, influence and manage a broad range of stakeholders across all levels of the business.

Location: Filton (Bristol) / Southern Sites

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.

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 equips the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning, and key aspects of through life support of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes, with four already delivered to the RN.

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 (Bristol), 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.

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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