Principal Engineer - Systems Engineering

BAE Systems
England, Dalton-In-Furness, Cumbria / Cumbria, England
Closing date
3 Mar 2021

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Senior & Chartered Engineer

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Principal Engineer - Systems Engineering

Are you a Systems Engineer looking for a unique innovative role? We currently have pivotal Principal Engineer - Systems Engineering opportunities available, integrating technologies to provide our military services with competitive advantage.

As a Principal Engineer - Systems Engineering you will have the opportunity to work on one of a variety of our programmes, helping us to design, develop, integrate, manage and support systems for in-service/future submarines. You will have a good understanding of the inputs, flow of decisions and dependencies that will impact system design as well as product delivery.

As we move towards a model-based approach to Engineering, our Systems Engineers will continue to develop a wide-range of skills and experience across all areas and disciplines and we are able to offer real opportunities for personal and team development to ensure that the professional capability of the business and individual are maintained and improved.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer - Systems Engineering will involve:

Understanding our customers' challenging needs and developing, validating and managing requirements

Developing complex system architectures and sub-systems and providing evidence of fitness for purpose

Integrating systems containing electronic, mechanical and software sub-systems, understanding the potential impact on the whole boat and interfacing systems

Verifying that customer needs are satisfied through qualification and test activities

Taking accountability for technical work packages

Providing guidance and coaching to other engineers

Steering new systems development through implementation of best practice systems lifecycle processes

Working with customers to support delivered systems and resolve issues

Essential skills and qualifications:

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

Understanding of relevant engineering standards, including safety and environmental regulations

  • Demonstrable competence in some of the following:
  • Requirements Engineering, DOORS
  • Defining architectures (e.g. MoDAF, TOGAF)
  • Defining and managing interfaces between systems
  • System integration and testing, including acceptance activities

What we're looking for in you:

You will be self-motivated and a proactive individual, able to analyse complex problems and work autonomously and in a structured manner. You will have excellent communications skills with an ability to liaise with a broad range of stakeholders and will be capable of supervising others.

We welcome people with experience of the military, defence and maritime industries, who can use their knowledge and learning to help us ensure that we provide the best products into submarines. We are also keen to work with people from other industries, technical fields and working environments who can bring in innovative and fresh thinking and work with us to participate and contribute to the important work that we do.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

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.

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.

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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.

We’re pleased to launch a BAE Systems first; an interactive video. If you are interested in learning more about working with submarines, click the link below to experience, in your own way, a day in the life at the BAE Systems submarine shipyard.

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