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Electronic Engineer - Antennas + EM Team

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Great Baddow, United Kingdom
Closing date
31 May 2023

Job Details

Location(s): UK, Europe & Africa : UK : Great Baddow

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.

Company Overview

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence helps nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.

We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes - often collecting and analysing huge volumes of data. These, combined with our Cyber Special forces - some of the most skilled people in the world - enable us to defend against cyber-attacks, fraud and financial crime, enable intelligence-led policing and solve complex data problems.

We are obsessed about solving problems for our customers; we bring together great minds that face tough challenges on a daily basis, and are encouraged to make a difference.

Role Summary:

Applied Intelligence Laboratories (AI Labs) is the research and technology arm of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence business. In partnership with the other businesses and educational establishments with whom we work, we innovate and develop to transform aspiration and vision into engineered reality.

We provide research & development, consultancy, specialist manufacturing and technical services for Digital Intelligence and other BAE Systems businesses. Additionally, our expertise helps the UK MoD, US Department of Defence, universities and our UK industrial partners, and other leading innovation organisations to achieve their goals.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, hard-working and professional engineer into the Antennas and Electromagnetics group at AI Labs based in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex.

The Antenna and Electromagnetics group undertakes research and development across the EW spectrum from near and far-field ranges for antenna characterisation from a few hundred MHz to millimetre wave frequencies. Our research includes the in the following areas;


  • Novel antenna concepts
  • Installed antenna performance
  • Low Observable (LO) antenna design,
  • Design of microwave devices,
  • Radar range equation based calculations for radar and communication system performance prediction.
  • Evaluation of Electromagnetic Compatibility and Hazard (EMC/EMH) problems.
  • Prediction and measurement of the Radar Cross Section of civil and military vehicles and structures is undertaken, particularly in relation to LO antenna design.


The candidate does not need to have experience in all of these areas, but a good general understanding of the principles involved in undertaking work of this nature would be of benefit.

The Engineer role will involve leading the delivery of innovative research projects to quality, time and budget while working with teams of scientific and engineering staff. Candidates will be expected to provide both technical input into programmes and support bidding activities and be willing to take an active role in finding and securing future work. For motivated candidates there will be future opportunities for project and people management.

The successful candidate would be expected to:




  • Work with a team of multi-disciplined scientists and / or engineers to execute projects for customers. A large proportion of the projects undertaken will results in practical demonstrations at TRL 2 to 5 and operational system up to TRL 9
  • Have the skills to lead a team of scientists and / or engineers to execute projects for customers
  • Develop new business opportunities and timely generation of high quality, well planned and innovative bids with an acceptable level of risk
  • Provide inputs into technical strategy in line with the wider AI Labs strategy
  • Identification and delivery of internally funded (PV) work that builds capability for exploitation in line with the AI Labs strategy
  • Develop & maintain key business relationships with internal and external customers, suppliers and external institutions to support new business and awareness of the state-of-the-art
  • Promote the technical excellence of AI Labs through generation of patents and external publicity in scientific journals and / or the press
  • Ensure that all projects are undertaken in line with AI Labs process & governance.
  • Assist with the development of new business opportunities and participate in the timely generation of high quality, well planned and innovative bids with an acceptable level of risk
  • Engage with customers and AI Labs management on a daily basis
  • Develop & maintain key business relationships with internal and external customers, suppliers and external institutions to support new business and awareness of the state-of-the-art
  • Promote the technical excellence of AI Labs through generation of patents and external publicity in scientific journals and / or the press
  • Ensure that all projects are undertaken in line with AI Labs process & governance


Qualifications / Skills:





  • A 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Physics; Mathematics; Computer Science; Electronic/Electrical Engineering; or a related discipline)
  • A background in physics, electrical engineering or a related discipline is highly desirable, whist prior experience in electromagnetic prediction, although beneficial, is not essential.
  • Familiarity with general microwave test equipment such as Vector Network Analysers would be an advantage.
  • Some knowledge or an interest in technical computing, a programming language, scientific computing packages or CAD manipulation would be of benefit.
  • Good communication, presentation and report writing skills are essential
  • A higher degree in a relevant area would be advantageous
  • Solid grounding in engineering with typically >10 years’ experience in an engineering or technology based environment, working on complex, multi-disciplinary projects
  • Member of a relevant professional body, preferably at Chartered Engineer or equivalent level, would be advantageous.
  • Ability to assess and understand the impact of emerging technologies and how these can be applied
  • Highly motivated with the ability to quickly digest and apply new concepts and develop novel solutions to challenging problems
  • Able to understand, influence and talk with credibility (in terms of engineering principles) about areas of technology outside of own area of specific expertise
  • Good communication skills, able to present effectively to customers and at conferences if appropriate
  • Ability to work with customers or other stakeholders to capture requirements and highlight the risks and opportunities in a plan
  • Able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, to lead or be part of a team and respect the opinions of others
  • Continually build and maintain friendly, reciprocal, and warm relationships with networks of people who may be able to assist in business winning and delivery
  • Familiarity with general purpose IT systems
  • Must have or be able to obtain full SC security clearance
  • Ideally have or be prepared to obtain higher security clearances


Life at BAE Systems Digital 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 well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital 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.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital 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 Digital 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 more than 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. With a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses from advanced threats, we work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data. We use the latest technologies, best practices and processes – combined with expertise gained from over forty years of application – to empower customers to detect and defend against the latest threats, transform their organisations, and secure their communications across multiple domains.

Everything we do creates a safer future. In a new age of cyber threats, our people have a shared vision to protect the connected world, to create and deliver intelligent global solutions across a dynamic technological landscape.  

The nature of our business means that we’re constantly looking for the very best people to fulfil our ambitions, and help you realise yours.

We’ve built a place that supports the changing needs of our multi-cultural, diverse, global workforce and we believe everyone can make a difference.

Careers webpage: Careers | BAE Systems






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