Principal Manufacturing Engineer

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

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Manufacturing & Production, Nuclear
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Would you like to play a critical role in the ongoing assurance of manufacturing processes and capability across our submarine build programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Assurance) at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Assurance), you will be working within the Process and Standards team, reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager. The purpose of the team is primarily to ensure that we have suitable and effective processes and people capabilities in place for the Manufacturing Engineering function. Within this role, you will be overseeing assurance, reviewing processes to ensure they meet the required standards, as well as ensuring our team members are trained to the required level.

Manufacturing Engineering is currently at an early stage of maturity and this role is key to forming the current and future state, through developing, implementing and assuring the governance framework.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Assurance) will involve:

Discipline Governance:

Ensuring that professional standards for the discipline are known and maintained in the area

Providing guidance on the interpretation, understanding and application of the discipline processes and performing a first line of governance - e.g. violations of discipline Processes

Ensuring (assessing and authorising) the competency of discipline staff to control discipline outputs in support of operational delivery, in support of signatory appointments

Conducting functional audits and process confirmation in order to support discipline assurance assessment

Establishing the discipline training plan for the area

Ensuring that all staff tagged to the discipline are functionally governed appropriately and effectively with management controls, standards, processes, tool/facilities, technical training and career development

Actively supporting continuous performance improvement in your discipline


Championing the deployment of new discipline technologies and methodologies including tools and IT to meet the future needs and improve efficiency

Maintaining and developing the Management System for the discipline, ensuring that engineering processes applicable to the discipline are correctly deployed

Supporting recruitment by assessing CVs, conducting interviews and signing off competency i.e. that the recruit meets the required professional standard

Providing input to and contributing to review of Manufacturing Engineering Strategy

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Assurance):


Manufacturing engineering process knowledge

Experience of using Microsoft packages

Understanding of through Business processes and product life cycle (including life cycle management)

Understanding of various manufacturing methods and principles

Good understanding of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)


Trained auditor

Experience in developing a function or discipline

What we're looking for in you:

You will be an influential individual with good communication skills, to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. You will also have excellent organisational skills and be able to meet programme timescales, whilst remaining calm under pressure.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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.

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.

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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