Senior Engineer (Nuclear Technical Author)

BAE Systems
Cumbria, Barrow-In-Furness, England
Closing date
1 Feb 2021

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Senior Engineer (Nuclear Technical Author)

Would you like to play a key supporting role across a number of submarine programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Engineer (Nuclear Technical Author) at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Senior Engineer (Nuclear Technical Author), you will be part of the Nuclear Authoring Team providing technical services to support the manufacture, build and commissioning of the Nuclear Steam Raising Plant on multiple PWR platforms. This role covers both in-build and future submarine programmes and will be accountable for supporting the delivery of nuclear processes and procedures, facilities readiness, fuel, standards compliance and build readiness, amongst other related areas.

This role will provide you with interaction and understanding of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, as well as training and development specific to this role. You will work as part of an integrated team to develop processes and procedures for manufacturing, build and commissioning methods. The duties of this role are technically challenging and diverse.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Engineer (Nuclear Technical Author) will involve:

Authoring and maintaining nuclear processes and procedures in support of programme delivery demands through the analysis of multiple sources of technical information and stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

Reviewing complex engineering drawings, engineering requirements and nuclear safety requirements, to author high-quality and accurate nuclear processes and procedures which are clear, comprehensible, coherent, concise, and safe.

Liaising and collaborating with all relevant stakeholders/suppliers/subcontractors to clarify technical issues and to ensure that their requirements are adequately supported, that their needs are fully considered and incorporated where appropriate.

Ensuring that nuclear processes and procedures satisfy associated design, safety case, security and health and safety requirements, that BAE Systems, our business parties, and customers demand.

Providing expertise and support during key nuclear build events (this may entail working outside of core working hours on an infrequent short-term basis).

Articulating and presenting nuclear build procedures to the Procedure Authorisation Group (PAG) for assessment and approval and, where required, amend procedures in accordance with PAG feedback.

Monitoring and recording of progress, status, dependencies etc. into production schedules.

Working within Nuclear Production facilities and on-board submarines as part of the procedure authorship cycle and process confirmation / auditing tasks.

Ensuring a comprehensive set of work file records for nuclear processes and procedures, are developed and maintained to a standard which and can tolerate scrutiny during audit events.

Investigating contentious/vague information to bring about clarity and meaning for the benefit of the quality of processes and procedures under authorship.

Your skills and qualifications as a Senior Engineer (Technical Author):


Knowledge of manufacturing and assembly processes, document generation and health and safety legislation in a manufacturing environment.

You have strong knowledge of technical report writing and have demonstrable experience of producing technical documents within one of the following environments: nuclear/defence/manufacturing/engineering/construction.

HNC or equivalent qualification or experience within relevant engineering discipline.

Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Word.

Able to gather and analyse information of the end user and organise information according to associated requirements and end user's needs.

Strong communication skills both written and verbal

Excellent attention to detail and accuracy

Experience of being able to gather and convert data/information into written narrative.


A good understanding and experience of naval propulsion systems, structures, and components would be an advantage.

Experience of technical report writing and/or procedural writing.

Mechanical or Electrical Engineering background.

Ability to use Document Management Systems.

Good working knowledge of Microsoft Visio.

What we're looking for in you:

You will possess a proactive approach with the ability to effectively problem-solve and manage your own workload. You must also have excellent communication skills to enable you to manage and influence stakeholders at all levels.

Salary: Staff Grade S4 (Competitive)

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

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.

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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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