Principal Engineer (Command & Control Engineering Lead)

10 Nov 2017
14 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


Principal Engineer (Command & Control Engineering Lead)

Would you like to work within our Combat Systems Engineering team, delivering cutting edge physical design solutions across multiple Submarine platforms? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer at our site in Broad Oak, Portsmouth.

As a Principal Engineer and Engineering Lead you will manage a small team in the development of Submarine Combat Systems, from Requirements level, through system design and supplier selection to providing on-board support during sea trials.

This role will provide you with the chance to work on the development of the Command and Control sub system in support of a flotilla -wide upgrade programme. You will be fully supported in your professional development with the chance for excellent career progression opportunities in the future.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer (Command & Control Engineering Lead) will involve:

Leading a small team of engineers overseeing the development of submarine system technology updates and design improvements, co-ordinating engineering activities within an integrated schedule

Liaising and supporting Project Management teams and BAE Technical Authorities to deliver an updated design to schedule

Liaising with internal and external customers to ensure system requirements are adequately supported through planning, installation, and integration along with trial activities

Developing and integrating the project trials programme and management of trials including production of trial technical proposals in response to tasking

Support to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) customer obtaining approval to embody equipment by providing evidence for all physical and functional aspects including EMC, shock, intrinsic and dynamic safety, toxicity reports

Providing realistic programme status, identifying problem areas and implementing agreed recovery plans

Your skills and qualifications as a Principle Engineer (Weapon Thread Trials Support Engineering Lead):


Management experience in leading small to mid-size teams

Ability to work at a Systems level and apply Systems Engineering practices

Understanding of the full engineering life cycle including requirements, design, testing, and acceptance

Knowledge and some experience of bid processes

Experience of creating and managing tests and trials for complex systems

Ability to work with a diverse stakeholder group, both internal and external

Degree level qualification (or equivalent level of experience)


Experience in submarine or surface command and control systems

Model based systems engineering

Experience in submarine engineering

What we're looking for in you:

You will be self-motivated, with a desire to learn and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. You will have an enthusiasm for problem solving with strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to multi-task.

Location: Broad Oak, Portsmouth

Salary: Competitive

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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