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Principal Safety Engineer

General Dynamics UK
Oakdale, Blackwood, South Wales
This role offers a starting salary of between £52,800 - £75,000 plus our excellent flexible benefits
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

Job Details

General Dynamics Mission Systems engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of more than 13,000 top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defence and scientific arenas. In the UK, we are leading the way in avionics and communication systems. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.

Job Description

As Principal Safety Engineer you will undertake a valued and critical role.  You will be accountable for enacting the GDUK Safety Policy within the Design Services Contract (DSC), other contracted work and Internal product development, primarily this is discharged by execution of Safety Management Programmes to address Functional and Non-Functional Safety aspects.

The successful candidate will likely be a Chartered Engineer with several years’ experience of leading safety elements of large programmes and sometimes delivering across multiple project/programmes. The ability to input into the business’s safety capability, provide strategic safety leadership and deliver flexible and innovative approaches in the military land, sea and air environment, is a major requirement of this role.

The candidate will be responsible for the creation and management of Safety Plans and Safety & Environmental Cases in accordance with GDUK processes.

They will provide analysis of software and hardware design capabilities in order to identify hazards, their causes and consequences, and formulates specific functional safety requirements and/or operational processes

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To be successful in this position you should be able to demonstrate breadth and depth of experience/competence in Safety Engineering for large scale system of systems, or a background that provides the equivalent transferable experience/competence. Demonstrable ability to lead a Safety Engineering capability and an understanding of Systems Engineering. Chartered Engineer, or equivalent status is highly desirable.

Competence in the following areas:

  • Track record of delivery on Safety and Environmental programmes
  • System and product safety case plans and reports
  • Software Safety
  • Fault Tree and Event Tree Analysis
  • Modular Safety Cases and Goal Structuring Notation (GSN)
  • Def Stan 00-051, 00-055; 00-056; IEC 61508; DSA02.DLSR.LSSR; DO-254; DO-178B and C;
  • Safety Integrity Levels (SILs)
  • Legislative compliance and knowledge of current/future safety and environmental legislation
  • CCA
  • Environmental Management

Additional information

This role offers a starting salary of between £52,800 - £75,000 plus our excellent flexible benefits package.

We operate a hybrid working model so you can spend time working from our offices in Oakdale and working from home.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose, offering impressive benefits: 

  • A compressed nine-day fortnight and compressed hours - which means every other Friday off. 
  • A personalized career development plan, alongside regular progress reviews - supporting and valuing your progression within the Company. 
  • A flexible working environment where your contributions are recognized and rewarded with flexible benefits 

We believe in maintaining a diverse workplace - inclusive of beliefs, cultural background, job experiences, thoughts and ideas. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we welcome you to join our inclusive team!

We are a Disability Confident Employer, as such we offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.
Please email if you would like your application to be considered under the DC Scheme. For more information on the Disability confident scheme in General Dynamics click here.

All successful/appointed applicants must be able to obtain a level of UK Security clearance that is appropriate for the role and undertake suitable Right to work checks.


We are one of the UK’s leading defence companies and an important supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence. What sets us apart is not only our 60+ years of experience, but our commitment to providing an innovation-driven workplace for some of the best and brightest minds in the UK defence industry.

GD 1

We have established a worldwide reputation for excellence in delivering multi-domain C4ISR solutions, Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability, and next-generation avionics systems.

Our colleagues innovate on a daily basis to meet our customers’ unique mission and land systems requirements.  While each individual brings their unique and valued expertise, personality, interests and perspectives to the organisation, one thing unites us all – our ongoing commitment to excellence, community, and teamwork.

GD 2

General Dynamics UK is part of General Dynamics Corporation, one of the top five defence companies in the world. General Dynamics, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide. The Company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems; armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.

GD 3

In the UK we are structured around two main businesses:

Land Systems and Mission Systems. 

Our solutions include:

  • Avionic systems
  • Bowman
  • C4I systems - Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information
  • Digitised training solutions and services
  • ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance) systems
  • Modelling, simulation and experimentation systems
  • Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV)
Company info
(0) 1495 787 200
Unit 1 and 3
Oakdale Court
Oakdale Business Park
South Wales
NP12 4AD

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