Lead Engineer - Human Factors

BAE Systems
Somerset, Yeovil, England / England, Dorset, Christchurch
Closing date
26 Jan 2021

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Would you like to work within a multidisciplinary Human Factors (HF) team carrying out diverse tasks including long-term strategic projects, applied studies and consultancy support for internal and external clients? We currently have a vacancy for a Lead Engineer - Human Factors at our site in Christchurch.

As a Lead Engineer - Human Factors, you will be responsible for the provision and management of Human Factors support in the design of Defence Information (DI) products and services through all lifecycle phases.

This role will provide you with an opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and business development activities with a diverse range of user groups. This could range from projects supporting design of next generation fighter aircraft; design of interface technologies for the British Army; to undertaking cutting edge research as part of the Human Social Sciences Research Capability (HSSRC).

Your main responsibilities as a Lead Engineer - Human Factors will involve:

Providing and managing HF integration and engineering services to support the design and delivery of DI products and services (analysis, design and test/evaluation)

Supporting other project functions as required e.g. supporting safety case development

Supporting research opportunities, conducting analysis and producing HF reports

Networking with the HF community within BAE Systems and externally to raise the profile, awareness and credibility of the DI Human Factors & Training Team

Networking strategically among the end-user community in BAE Systems and externally to raise awareness of the DI Human Factors & Training Team and identify/develop new business opportunities

Maintaining and developing own and colleagues' HF and training competencies, including mentoring junior staff and providing professional development opportunities

Your skills and qualifications as a Lead Engineer - Human Factors:


Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in Human Factors/Ergonomics/Psychology

Experience of working with other functions on large-scale, complex system development and integration projects

Experience of leading HF activities and applying human factors methods in a defence or other high-hazard, regulated industry e.g. Rail, automotive, nuclear

Experience of working on short duration, applied research and consultancy support projects

Demonstrable understanding of systems engineering lifecycle processes and the integration of HF activities


Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, British Psychological Society or equivalent body.

Experience of working with Defence Standards, Military Standards, International regulations and commercial standards

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to build networks and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders. An innovative and confident leader, you will be able to foster a positive team spirit and will be flexible with a 'can do' attitude.

Location: Christchurch/Yeovil

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.

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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.

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If you'd like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

From keeping soldiers, sailors and pilots safe to helping countries prosper, from developing the next generation of supersonic aircraft to investing in the next generation of super-smart talent - at BAE Systems, we work together to give our customers an essential edge in protecting the things that really matter. Lives, livelihoods, ways of life.

As part of our Air team, you could be working at the edge of what is technologically possible, shaping the future to ensure our customers are ready to face challenges we cannot even imagine today. You could be developing and evolving the technologies that will defend the UK for generations to come and supporting our customers around the globe.

Join us and you'll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts.

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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