Principal Systems Engineer

BAE Systems
24 Nov 2021
08 Dec 2021
Full Time
Set hours
Contract Type
Principal Systems Engineer

BAE Systems Naval Ships team in Glasgow are looking for an experienced engineer to support the installation of their Shared Infrastructure product onto the new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Our Naval Ships business design and manufacture a range of ships and state of the art combat systems and equipment, from offshore patrol vessels through to the latest City Class Type 26 frigates that we are building for the UK Royal Navy, and the Australian Hunter Class and Canadian Surface Combatant, we are a business that operates on a truly global platform and can offer a wide range of opportunities where you can play your part in these challenging and exciting projects.

We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Systems Engineer at our site in Scotstoun to be a key advisor involved in the installation and integration of Shared Infrastructure Hardware in the Type 26 frigate. As a Principal Systems Engineer, you will be ensuring all the installed computer rooms and equipment is fit for use in accordance to the agreed design documentation for the ship. You will be liaising with operations, planning to align for a smooth transition from store to ship throughout the ship commissioning process.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work on one of the most exciting stages of the Type 26 programme, the installation and commissioning of the equipment on the ship. The role is pivotal to the successful installation stage, giving great visibility and responsibility within the business.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Systems Engineer will involve:

  • The primary point of contact for the installation of SI Hardware.
  • Define and lead technical aspects of sequencing for Setting to Work activities to de-risk the use of Shared Infrastructure in the Type 26.
  • Provide technical input into design reviews installation, test, trials, acceptance and engineering change activities.
  • Liaise with other functions (Physical Integration, Production Engineering, Manufacturing. Engineering, Operations) to ensure a smooth path through installation of SI hardware.
  • Advise other functions before and during commissioning activities.
  • Ensure all elements of the commissioning is delivered on time and in order.
  • Your skills and qualifications:


  • Experience of Shared Infrastructure in a Naval environment
  • Late stage ship development knowledge including installation and testing of equipment
  • Strong stakeholder management background
  • Degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Desirable:

  • Previous roles in Systems Engineering with a Network bias
  • Navy background
  • Ship refit experience
  • What we're looking for in you:

    You will be a skilled communicator, both written through report writing and verbal, possessing a good level of diplomacy and influencing skills to enable successful interaction with a range of stakeholders. A calm but assertive approach, to difficult situations and work to timescales you will have excellent attention to detail, identifying problems and improvements through to resolution.

    Location: Scotstoun

    Salary: Competitive

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

    At BAE Systems we are committed to supporting work life balance for all our employees and embrace a range of modern working practices, which aim to enhance flexibility for individuals whilst also enabling business performance. Flexibility provisions vary by role, but include; hybrid working arrangements, flexible working patterns and shift working.

    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

    Combat Systems

    We design, develop, integrate and provide through-life support to naval combat systems that enable navies to protect nations. Vital information from ship sensors such as radar and sonar, are captured through our core product, the Combat Management System. This advanced technological capability allows ships crews to rapidly respond to potentially life-threatening situations.

    In using this cutting-edge technology, we are at the forefront of defence system integration. Our products feature across the Royal Navy's surface fleet aboard Type 23 frigates, Type 45 destroyers and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, under construction by BAE Systems in Glasgow, will also use the next generation of our combat systems.

    We pride ourselves on being the combat systems integrator of choice, not only integrating our own products, but those of other defence companies too in delivering combat systems for both the Royal Navy and international customers.

    We offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop with us. The health and well-being of our employees matters to us and that's why we offer the flexibility for you to do what's important to you, whether that's job sharing, home working, or simply the ability to flex your start and stop times. Where practical, we'll support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your full potential.

    At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

    We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

    For more information on our Diversity & Inclusion work, please click here.

    Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

    Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

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