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Principal Electrical - System Design Engineer

BAE Systems
Bristol, England / Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Closing date
2 Feb 2021

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Principal Engineer - Electrical Systems Design

Would you like to be involved in working on the conceptual designs for bids and future strategies for Naval Warships? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer - Electrical Systems Design at our site in either Portsmouth or Filton as part of our Future Projects team.

As a Principal Engineer - Electrical Systems Design, you will be responsible for 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 (including T26), ensuring the electrical tasks undertaken are fully integrated and consistent with the wider platform electrical solution.

This role will provide you with the unique opportunity to work within an expanding, highly skilled multi-disciplinary 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 Engineer - Electrical Systems Design 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 Systems and the equipment within, liaising with other Engineering stages/disciplines as well as the Customer/ Suppliers where required

Managing the ship wide HV and LV distribution system including design calculations, drawings and supporting design documentation

Developing designs and preparing design documentation in line with specifications and technical standards, checking 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 as a Principal Engineer - Electrical Systems Design:


Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)

Experience of engineering system design for power/propulsion systems - HV/LV

Background in relevant engineering environment or industry such as Utilities, Renewables, Royal Navy, Power generation or Defence


Experience in system modelling and analysis

Chartered Engineer status or willingness to achieve

Background in Marine/Maritime engineering

What we're looking for in you:

You will be self-motivated with the ability to work unsupervised and meet tight deadlines. At the same time, you will have excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with the wider team when required, managing both internal and external stakeholders and keen to train and mentor others. The ability to proactively problem-solve is key to the success of this role.

Location: Portsmouth/Filton

Salary: Competitive

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.

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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