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Principal Product Safety Engineer

BAE Systems
Closing date
19 Dec 2023

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Job Title: Principal Product Safety Engineer

Location: Portsmouth Broad Oak, we offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: Up to £55,800 dependent on skills and experience

What you'll be doing:

· Being seen as the main focal point for the Product Safety Assurance of the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo during its life in-service. Providing credible advice and guidance to the wider business and external stakeholders, notably our MOD customer

· Ensuring that safety considerations are an integral part of the design process and take cognisance of the whole product lifecycle

· Maintaining and managing the implementation of the Project Safety Management System for the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo in Service. Evolving it where appropriate to ensure that product safety can be managed in a cost-effective manner

· Being capable of resolving a range of Product Safety engineering issues and problems, compiling technical reports, and accompanying presentations

· Cultivating the safety arguments for the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo, employing all required facets of the product safety lifecycle

· Ensuring that the standards of Product Safety defined by statutory, business and customer requirements are observed in the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo (e.g., DSA03-OME, Def Stan 00-056)

· You'll also have people manager responsibilities in this role

Your skills and experiences:

· Hold acknowledged competency in the specialised field of Product Safety Engineering, with a demonstrable and successful track record of delivering a Product Safety Management System (PSMS) within a complex systems environment

· Hold significant/relevant knowledge of applicable legislation and standards (e.g., HASAWA, COSHH, REACh, BS EN 61508, Def Stan 00-056, Def Stan 00-055 etc.)

· Degree qualified in a relevant Engineering/Systems/Safety discipline, Hold CEng, or equivalent experience to be able to achieve it, in the short-term

· Be Ship Safety and Environmental Management Training (SEMT) qualified (or its predecessors SSMO/SSMT) or have the ability to gain the qualification in the short-term

· Be a recognised member of a relevant industry wide body, e.g. SCSC, SaRS, IET, IMechE etc


You'll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You'll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts - you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Torpedo Support team:

Our Underwater Weapons are highly complex and as they contain OME products requiring on-going, detailed scrutiny to ensure they remain ALARP and compliant with relevant MOD Safety Policies (e.g., DSA03 OME). As a member of this team, you will be supporting the assurance cases of all in-service variants of both our Heavyweight and Lightweight torpedoes. In addition to assuring the torpedoes you may also be responsible for the assurance of the test and support equipment used during the development, servicing and maintenance of the weapons.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

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 your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 18th December 2023

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.



BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company head-quartered in London in the United Kingdom and with operations worldwide.

Recognising that our people are our top priority we have set ourselves a number of corporate targets to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our workforce, including uplifting our female representation in leadership roles by 15% by 2015. We recognise the challenge that this target presents, knowing that engineering is often seen as a “man’s world”. 

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