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Systems Engineer (Direct Entry)

Would you like to play a key role in the design and development of electronic systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Systems Engineer at our site in Rochester.

As a Systems Engineer, you will work in a holistic, multi-disciplined role, focussing on the bigger picture and bridging the gaps between the disciplines (such as software, electronics and mechanical) by using your knowledge of the system to provide appropriate information to each area. You will be involved in all phases of the lifecycle from concept design, development, integration and testing through to formal release to the customer.

You will be working as part of a team of highly experienced, passionate and innovative engineers creating world-leading control and display systems. Electronic Systems support a range of commercial and military platforms, including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ground vehicles, human-machine interfaces and power management. Our systems operate in more than 100 countries with 25 air forces, 30 manufacturers and 280 airlines.

This role will provide you with a rare opportunity to work on and develop a series of products that will be utilised on board both commercial and military platforms. Systems include Head Up Displays, Helmet Mounted Displays, Flight Control Systems, Active Inceptor Systems and Mission Systems.

Your main responsibilities as a Systems Engineer will involve:

Understanding our customers’ challenging needs and specifying their requirements

Developing complex system architectures and sub-systems to satisfy customer needs

Integrating electronic, mechanical and software sub-systems to provide a fully operating system

Verifying that customer needs will be consistently satisfied in varying and hostile environmental conditions

Your skills and qualifications as a Systems Engineer:


Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in a Scientific/Engineering subject (e.g. Systems, Electronic or Software Engineering, Physics, Maths) that has required “system” thinking

Experience/knowledge of design analysis, modelling or simulation (e.g. Simulink or MATLAB)


Experience of integrating and testing software and/or electronic hardware

Defence/Military/Aerospace exposure/knowledge/experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a strong team player with a real passion for technology. As well as adopting an analytical approach to problem solving, you will exercise your solid communication skills in order to work effectively with your team.

Location: Rochester, Kent UK

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, 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.

Electronic Systems

The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United Statesand the United Kingdom.

We pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of. You’ll have the opportunity to work from concept to completion, giving you real ownership of projects. Whatever you do, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference to people's lives.

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.

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.