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Lead AI/ML Engineer - Space Systems

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Guildford, London, Great Baddow
Closing date
9 Feb 2022
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Job Details

At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence we develop world-class radio and data systems. We are launching a major new space programme, marrying our existing capabilities with new space technology.

We need skilled, enthusiastic and motivated people at all experience levels from graduate to CTO to deliver these exciting new capabilities. There are opportunities in all relevant engineering and non-engineering disciplines, both for those with space industry experience and those without.

Many roles come with opportunities for remote / hybrid working, working in our offices in Guildford and Great Baddow only when required.

We will provide you with personal development, CPD including support towards professional recognition, industry-leading benefits, and the opportunity to apply cutting-edge technology to interesting problems with the support of our highly-skilled engineering community.

Come and join us for this exciting opportunity to shape and deliver world-class space technologies.

What you will be doing (role duties and responsibilities)

You will lead the development of cutting-edge production-level AI/ML and data science systems for space. Making use of your extensive experience in AI/ML, you will work with a team of highly-skilled data scientists and image analytics specialists, taking their concept algorithms to production on our space platforms, targeting both space and ground environments. We apply AI/ML and data science to the most complex customer problems, spanning image analysis, radio signal analysis and processing of high-volume unstructured data. Core to our solution is the application of world-class AI/ML and data science to process, fuse and analyse raw data from multiple sensor sources in real time, all in the space environment, to generate actionable insights and intelligence.

You will have responsibility through the full product lifecycle, designing, implementing, optimising, testing and delivering ML/AI designs for satellite processing systems. You will build and maintain development environments and services to support engineering activities at all production stages.

This role is an excellent opportunity to use your knowledge and skills to shape and influence the ground-up development of a large-scale technology stack addressing the most interesting AI/ML challenges.

What we are looking for (skills and experience)

We are looking for ambitious, high-calibre people with the following characteristics:


  • Experience in architecting, implementing, testing, delivering and maintaining production AI/ML and data science systems
  • Track record of delivering performant, scalable, maintainable software
  • Technical leadership and ownership of AI/ML/data science software projects
  • Experience with common machine learning frameworks and languages, e.g. TensorFlow, Pytorch, scikit-learn
  • Excellent team working abilities
  • Ability to learn quickly


  • Experience debugging in live environments
  • Extensive software development experience, including SQL, Python, scientific languages, low-level languages, data visualisation
  • A keen interest in the space sector and awareness of latest industry developments
  • Experience of developing for space applications 
  • Understanding of radio communications and digital signal processing

Life at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day. By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

We use our intelligence-led insights to help defend Governments, Nations and Societies from cyber-attacks and financial crime. Our customers depend on our evolving capabilities to help them safely grow their organisations. Our unprecedented access to threat intelligence, world-leading analysts and market-leading technology means we can help them to adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the criminals.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Applied Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours. 


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we believe that digital technology is the key to unlocking our customers’ advantage. By advancing digital technologies, we open doors to worlds of opportunities, together. We work across 6 main areas, Cyber, Defence, Delivery & Advisory, FinCrime, Intelligence and Space. Come visit us at the expo, or our website, to learn more about our opportunities.

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