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PDS Engineering Manager

BAE Systems
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Closing date
18 Feb 2022
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BAE Systems is the UK Government’s nominated Prime Contractor under the Government-to-Government arrangements that are in place to provide equipment, support and training to Saudi Arabia.  We provide maintenance of Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft and train RSAF personnel safely in a training environment in how to use their aircraft, equipment and weapons. 

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia is committed to supporting the Saudi Arabian National Agenda including Saudisation and the training and development of Saudi National capability through the growth of the Saudi National Partner Companies thereby reinforcing Industrialisation and Partnerships.

As the PDS Engineering Manager, the Job Holder is responsible to the Lead Engineer - Naval for defining, planning, managing and delivering the engineering and acceptance aspects of the AL JAWF Class Post Design Services contracts to meet both customer and business requirements. The Job Holder will be responsible for managing the Post Design Services Engineering aspects from Statement of Requirement to final installation and acceptance, including the development and deployment of Statement of Works, technical specifications; the control and management of project requirements, the management of the scheduled acceptance activities, and the maintenance of the project schedules as they relate to the introduction and embodiment of Modifications and Technical Instructions.


The key aspect of this role will be to initially capture the Customers’ requirements then ensure that BAE Systems KSA and their sub-contractors deliver a sound technical solution that is delivered to time cost and quality.  The Job Holder will be expected to provide expert leadership to other functional areas to ensure that the total capability delivered is fit for purpose.  The engineering aspects of all the PDS contracts are the most important element of the programme and essential in maintaining the AL JAWF Class capability.

The Job Holder will ensure that all aspects of the engineering and acceptance aspects are fully defined to ensure customer requirements are achieved in accordance with all business and commercial criteria, as well as company’s engineering policies and procedures.  In doing so the Engineering Manager will develop and maintain project plans and schedules which will deliver to customer and business needs, ensuring that these plans are consistent with overall programme needs, and that specific deadlines and milestones are agreed and communicated to all parties involved.

The Job Holder will lead, control and monitor the requirements, engineering and acceptance aspects of the PDS contracts regularly reviewing and reporting on progress against plan and, where necessary, intervening to resolve issues which threaten delivery to plan.  To achieve this it will be necessary to ensure that the project adheres in particular to all relevant engineering policies and procedures and that they are carried out in such a way as to ensure that there is minimal risk to the product safety and environmental.

The Job Holder will need to manage the engineering and acceptance aspects of Post Design Support contracts to ensure that they achieve all their objectives.  This will include maintaining good working relationships with the sub-prime vendor, BAE Systems Maritime Services, to ensure that the sub-contract is delivered and all that issues are effectively addressed.  To undertake this role, the Engineering Manager will need to ensure the wider BAE Systems KSA Naval Services team, and associated functional teams, possess the required resource and capability to effectively deliver the project in line with all requirements and that staff are led, developed and motivated to ensure they are aware of, and capable of, meeting their accountabilities.  To fully achieve this there will be a need to liaise with all functions relevant to the delivery of engineering and acceptance aspects of each contract to build an integrated project team and to enable the achievement of project objectives

The role requires the application of Engineering Management skills covering the entire Engineering lifecycle. The position is to lead on engineering and acceptance elements of the PDS contracts by direct and indirect management of the team and the sub-prime vendor in the delivery of the technical solution.  In the Prime Contractorship role, a significant aspect of the job will be the management to good effect of interfaces and relationships between the BAE Systems KSA Naval Services team, the sub-prime vendor, MODSAP Ships and the RSNF.

The post holder will also hold BAE Systems KSA delegated Engineering Management Governance from the Engineering Function and support the Programme Manager – Naval Services in the application of, and compliance with, the BAE Systems Operational Framework, including the application and assurance of the Engineering Life Cycle management, including design reviews.  Specifically the post holder will ensure that the planning and execution of each project are undertaken, project risks relating to engineering and acceptance aspects are regularly reviewed, and the necessary support to programme business and Customer reviews is provided.

The post holder will delegate specific authority, where appropriate, to other BAE Systems KSA Naval Services team members and wider BAE Systems KSA functions.


  • Understanding the role of the Prime Contractor and sub-prime vendor in the delivery of complex support projects.
  • Broad experience of systems performance, warship support and modifications, sound grasp of the engineering lifecycle and equipment maturity.
  • Risk aware and qualified in undertaking and supporting technical risk assessments. 
  • Qualified capability in managing complex project issues and Customer and vendor relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to oversee all the technical aspects associated with the project activities to ensure effective integration and cohesion.
  • Operates to a standard of absolute integrity and professionalism.
  • Project safety, SHE and quality awareness as they relate to a warship.
  • Knowledge of specific technical and operational issues as they relate to MCMV i.e. acoustic and magnetic ranging, magnetic hygiene, HVME, noise and shock.

Proven oral and written communications and familiar with the MS Office suite of administrative applications


In return for the required high levels of commitment and hard work, you will receive a competitive salary, rent-free accommodation and access to free recreation facilities, all available within Company secured accommodation. In addition, a generous leave and travel allowance makes this an opportunity not to be missed. On successfully securing a role your appointment to Saudi Arabia will initially be on single status. On commencement of employment in Saudi Arabia, you will have the opportunity to apply to have your family join you in the future. A full health care scheme is provided within Saudi Arabia.


In return for the required high levels of commitment and hard work, you will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including a generous leave and travel allowance, a full health care scheme and access to subsidised recreational facilities


At BAE Systems we serve, supply and protect those who serve and protect us, in a corporate culture that is performance driven and values led.

We employ a skilled workforce of 89,600 people in more than 40 countries. We help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information.

We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

Facts and Figures

  • Global defence supplier and world-leading innovator
  • Established positions in air, maritime and land domains
  • Growing position in cyber security
  • Principal markets – US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Australia
  • 89,600 employees in over 40 countries
  • Customers in around 80 countries
  • 2020 sales of £20,862m
  • £1,700 invested in training per employee in 2020
  • £11bn spent with 21,000 directly-contracted suppliers
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