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System Design Authority - Combat Systems

BAE Systems
England, Frimley, Surrey / London, England, New Malden / England, Dorset, Dorchester
Closing date
29 Jan 2021

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System Design Authority - Combat Systems

We have opportunities for a number of experienced individuals to join us in a System Design Authority role to help shape the future of Naval Combat Systems to be based at our sites in either New Malden, Dorchester, Frimley or Portsmouth (Broad Oak).

As a System Design Authority (SDA) - Combat Systems, you will undertake a range of Combat Management System equipment related engineering activities in line with all relevant processes and quality requirements under the direction of the Senior SDA. Product areas include Gunnery and Electro-Optical Systems, METOC and infrastructure systems. The scope of the role will be interesting and varied and will involve working across a range of naval platforms including the new Type 26 Frigates and the recently commissioned QEC Class aircraft carriers.

We are looking for highly experienced systems engineers - people who have worked on complex products and have a proven track record of leading on complex design solutions with responsibility for their technical integrity. You may have a varied background with exposure to hardware, software development, system acceptances, delivery and handover to a customer. This is a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills on our products and to become the Design Authority for one or for a range of subjects.

Your main responsibilities as a System Design Authority - Combat Systems will involve:

Preparing specifications, developing designs in line with specifications and all quality and technical standards, and carrying out design appraisals in assigned areas to ensure all standards are maintained

Conducting complex technical analyses and investigations, including evaluation and selection of technical options, and preparing reports with suggested recommendations to support the resolution of problems and the improvement of engineering capability

Acting as a lead point of contact with customers and/or suppliers in assigned areas on engineering matters, to resolve complex problems and issues and to maintain awareness in both parties of priorities and objectives

Supporting the identification of business opportunities and the preparation of bids in area(s) of expertise to facilitate the development of the highest quality bids

Supporting Product Design Certification activities including Product Safety & Environmental matters

Providing technical direction to the wider teams

Your skills and qualifications as a System Design Authority - Combat Systems:


Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in STEM subject

Extensive experience in the design, build, and integration of "system of systems"

Possess in-depth knowledge in a number of the following systems engineering disciplines:

  • System Acceptance Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Human Factors
  • Interface Analysis
  • Performance Analysis
  • Requirements Analysis
  • System Design
  • Testing Improvements
  • Trials & Integration Support

Ability to operate in a large, complex multi-project environment


Knowledge of the requirements for Product Safety & Environmental matters

Knowledge and understanding of a Design Certification process

Experience in reviewing bids and programmes at various stages of the life cycle

What we're looking for in you:

Whether you have experience in a defence or MOD environment or have a background in IT, you will already be an expert in your particular field, willing to explore and learn about our unique Combat Systems. You will have excellent communication skills with an ability to work with and present technical information to key internal and external stakeholders. You will be self-motivated and will enjoy problems solving and getting into the detail.

Location: New Malden, Dorchester, Frimley or Portsmouth (Broad Oak)

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

Combat Systems

We design, develop, integrate and provide through-life support to naval combat systems that enable navies to protect nations. Vital information from ship sensors such as radar and sonar, are captured through our core product, the Combat Management System. This advanced technological capability allows ships crews to rapidly respond to potentially life-threatening situations.

In using this cutting-edge technology, we are at the forefront of defence system integration. Our products feature across the Royal Navy's surface fleet aboard Type 23 frigates, Type 45 destroyers and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, under construction by BAE Systems in Glasgow, will also use the next generation of our combat systems.

We pride ourselves on being the combat systems integrator of choice, not only integrating our own products, but those of other defence companies too in delivering combat systems for both the Royal Navy and international customers.

We offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop with us. The health and well-being of our employees matters to us and that's why we offer the flexibility for you 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.

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.


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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