Principal Combat Systems Engineer Underwater Sensors

BAE Systems
Glasgow, Scotland
Closing date
2 Mar 2021

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Would you like to be an integral part of the next generation Global Combat Ship (GCS), managing the integration of complex Combat Systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Combat Systems Underwater Sensors Engineer at our site in Scotstoun.

Anti-submarine warfare is one of the prime functions of the Type 26 GCS. As a Principal Combat Systems Underwater Sensors Engineer, you will be contributing to the engineering design of its Underwater Sensor Systems - bow mounted and towed sonar systems - and to the integration of the T26 Underwater Sensor Systems, supporting with the installation, commissioning, setting to work, trials and acceptance.

This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the design of key systems on the next generation anti surface warfare frigate, from design stage through to sea trials. You will also have the opportunity to develop effective partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders including customers, suppliers and other internal teams.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Combat Systems Underwater Sensors Engineer will involve:

Working with the key customer (MOD) being a conduit between the customer and the equipment manufacturer for both purchase systems and MOD supplied systems (GFX - government furnished - equipment)

Understanding the requirements of each system and how they will be demonstrated through validation and verification activities

Providing technical input into procurement, design reviews, installation, test, trials, acceptance and engineering change activities

Reviewing and confirming conformance of engineering documentation

Understanding equipment interfaces and the scope of the system

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Combat Systems Underwater Sensors Engineer


Degree level qualification (or equivalent experience) in relevant STEM subject (Engineering/ Physics/ Maths/ Science)

Demonstrable knowledge of the system engineering lifecycle with ability to apply good systems engineering practices to your work

Experience in more than one phase of the product design lifecycle including validation & verification

Experience of integration, installation, test, trial and acceptance of equipment


Experience of Underwater Sensors Systems equipment in a Naval environment together with good knowledge of Combat System interface requirements

Good working knowledge of application of sonar systems

Experience leading teams

What we're looking for in you:

You will be innovative and have a desire to resolve complex issues. You will have the ability to work constructively both within a team and across the whole project to ensure that team objectives are met. You will have good influencing and interpersonal skills with the ability to form strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including the customer (MOD). You will be a highly motivated, proactive individual with the ability to work on your own initiative.

Location: Scotstoun

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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