Principal Test Engineer

BAE Systems
England, Frimley, Surrey
14 Jun 2017
28 Jun 2017
Caroline Dey
Job Type

Principal Test Engineer

Would you like to play a key role in the successful integration of combat system infrastructure into the Submarine flotilla? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Test Engineer at our site in Ash Vale.

As a Principal Test Engineer, you will be specifying and performing qualification testing of the submarine combat system infrastructure in accordance with project schedules, processes and standards. You will also be identifying innovative test and acceptance strategies and tools.

This role will enable you to work with state of the art technologies on one of the world's most complex engineering projects.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Test Engineer will involve:

Developing integrated test and evaluation plans, including specifying test environments, qualification tests and test procedures to deliver product acceptance evidence

Investigating observations and problems revealed during testing, recommending resolution action and identification of solutions

Developing roadmaps to facilitate the incorporation of new technologies into the infrastructure test methods and environment

Compiling formal test reports detailing the outcome of test events

Managing system requirements, including definition, decomposition and compilation of compliance evidence

Supporting equipment and software integration trials on the submarine platform

Supporting bid and tendering activities for infrastructure projects, including task definitions, estimates and programme schedules

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Test Engineer:


Experience of specification, planning and management of testing and certifying complex systems, including definition of test strategies, scenarios, scripts, environments and tools

Experience of COTS infrastructure, real-time systems, network and switching protocols, and virtualised network environments and VMware

Experience of test automation and test management tools - Experience with eggPlant would be a distinct advantage

Requirements management experience and use of accompanying toolsets such as DOORS


Degree/HND or equivalent in an engineering-related/IT discipline

Proven track record in problem analysis and devising solutions to problems encountered during testing

Experience of the test, qualification and certification of products in a military surface ship, submarine or aircraft environment

Knowledge of computing systems and software engineering methods, such as real time networks and storage systems

Experience of Systems Engineering, military equipment and resilient real-time systems

What we're looking for in you:

You will be an excellent team player with good problem solving skills. You will be able to think innovatively and will be able to pay close attention to detail.

Location: Ash Vale, Surrey

Salary: £45,000 commensurate will skills and experience

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, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Submarines - Combat Systems

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century. It currently employs approximately 7,700 people, with 500 of these working for Combat Systems across our sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Ash Vale, Broad Oak, Filton, Frimley and Weymouth.

We are currently responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of the Royal Navy's latest and most capable generation of attack submarines, as well as their intelligent Combat Systems trusted to detect threats in the naval environment.

Our Combat Systems team designs, builds, integrates and supports all of the submarine combat systems in the UK fleet - essentially, the eyes and ears of each platform. We provide through-life support for combat systems, sensors and radars, and deliver complex programmes and technologies by applying expert programme management and world-class engineering.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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