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Principal Electrical Engineer

BAE Systems
Bristol, England / Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
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22 Jan 2021

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Principal Electrical Engineer

Are you looking for new challenging opportunity? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Electrical Engineer at our sites in Portsmouth or Bristol.

As a Principal Electrical Engineer, you could get the unique opportunity to work on the Type 26 Frigates and other future conceptual naval ship designs. You will be carrying out the development and delivery of specific electrical engineering work packages associated with both the platform electrical system architecture and sub system design aspects on a designated project. You will be responsible for ensuring the electrical tasks undertaken for the electrical systems solution are fully integrated and consistent with the wider platform electrical solution.

This role will provide you with the chance to work within an expanding highly-skilled multi-disciplined team on some of the most cutting-edge defence technology. You will be fully supported in your professional development, with the chance for excellent career progression opportunities in the future.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Electrical Engineer will involve:

Designing and developing solutions, resolving engineering issues and problems for a range of situations relating to the electrical elements

Responsible Engineer for the conceptual and detail designs of the ship wide HV and LV Distribution System and the equipment's that make-up this package. This involves being the main point of Contact for this system and liaising with other Engineering stages/disciplines as well as the Customer/ Suppliers where required.

Management of the ship wide HV and LV distribution system including design calculations, drawings and supporting design documentation.

Develop designs and prepare design documentation in line with specifications and technical standards. Check own work as well as that of other Engineers/Senior Engineers.

Supervising undergraduates or junior staff members assigned for training to assist in the development of their knowledge and skills.

Working within the framework of the engineering life cycle and undertaking technical reviews, verifying and signing off engineering designs.

Your skills and qualifications:


Strong Electrical engineering experience gained from a relevant engineering environment or industry such as utilities, renewables, Royal Navy, power generation or manufacturing

HV and LV experience

Strong analytical background

Maritime experience

Member of the IET and hold CEng status

Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent working experience

Chartered Engineer

What we're looking for in you:

You must be self-motivated and work on your own initiative. You should have strong interpersonal and communication skills. You have ability to work as a team and you are keen to train and lead others.

Location: Portsmouth or Bristol

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

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains. We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

Our Naval Ships business

We design and manufacture a range of naval ships and state of the art combat systems and equipment, giving customers the capability to fulfil extensive naval operations. From offshore patrol vessels through to the latest City Class Type 26 frigates that we are building for the UK Royal Navy, and the Australian Hunter Class and Canadian Surface Combatant, we are a business that operates on a truly global platform and can offer a wide range of opportunities where you can play your part in these challenging and exciting projects.

Attracting and retaining the sharpest minds is essential for a globally competitive UK naval engineering business. Our aim is to recruit the very best talent and we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds, with many different skills, experience and perspectives. We offer the flexibility you need to do what's important to you, whether that's job sharing, home working, or simply the ability to flex your start and stop times. Where practical, we'll support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your full potential.

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.


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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