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Principal Operations Engineer

BAE Systems
England, Cumbria, Barrow-In-Furness
Closing date
22 Jan 2021

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Principal Operations Engineer

Would you like to play a key role as an AP (Appointed Person) on the Astute programme lifting process? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Operations Engineer at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Operations Engineer, you will be involved in significant operations throughout the build of the boats, playing an essential part of this process, as the complex lifts and lift plans you are part of will ensure that production can flow smoothly.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to be directly involved with the build of the Astute programme, with the potential to be involved on future programmes and progression opportunities.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Operations Engineer will involve:

Creating lift plans for complex lifts - you will be working on the boats in order to gather information for the lifting plans

Assisting the lifting teams where appropriate

Creating documents to the best standard possible to ensure safe lifting operations

Working cross functionally with various stakeholders that are involved on the build of the boats

Visiting of sites where appropriate

Your skills and qualifications:


Must be an experienced Appointed Person (AP) under the LOLER regulations, able to generate complex lift plans

Competent IT Skills - Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc.) skills, alongside experience with other design software

Proven experience of engaging and managing stakeholders to gather information from various sources and to agree plans of action


Experience in lifting operations as a slinger or crane driver

Proven experience working under pressure in order to meet deadlines

Continuous improvement experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will be driven with excellent communication skills. This will allow you to engage with various stakeholders across all levels of the business. This will help to work cross functionally and come up with lift plans, alongside being able to react to the needs of the business within deadlines.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

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.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

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, 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.

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.

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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