Principal Engineer - Communications


Principal Communication Systems Engineer

Would you like to be part of an exciting and unique team? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Communication Systems Engineer at our site in Barrow.

As a Principal Communication Systems Engineer, you will be working with internal communications design team, carrying out a range of design activities involving data networks, communications systems and equipment for submarine platforms.

This role will provide you with an opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels offering a great deal of exposure across the business, opening exciting developmental opportunities on both the technical side (consultant engineer etc.) and engineering management side.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Communication Systems Engineer involve:

Designing and delivering communications and audio systems to naval vessels, determining requirements and design standards

Developing system(s) design and solutions to technical problems

Writing technical reports, specifications, user guides, and manuals with the preparation of design calculations to demonstrate designs meet performance requirements

Presenting results to internal / external customers

Preparing test requirements and support to dockside installation and commissioning teams

Reviewing test and qualification evidence for compliance against requirements

Undertaking technical development studies to verify and validate compliance with design requirements

Providing technical input to the engineering and project management team to produce robust cost estimates, technical risk assessment and reduction

Where required, supporting Factory Acceptance Testing of system equipment at supplier premises

Your skills and qualifications:


BEng/BSc and/or MEng/MSc degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as, or equivalent experience in;

Communications Engineering

Electrical Engineering


Electronic Engineering

Acoustics / Audio Engineering / Audio Technology

Technical report writing skills

A detailed understanding of at least one of the following disciplines:

Design and deployment of Voice Over IP (VOIP) networks

Deployment of Private Branch Exchange systems

Acoustics Modelling and Simulation

Speech Quality Analysis

Design of Public Address or Voice Alarm or Installed Sound Systems

Design of audio distribution systems

Design of trunked radio systems

Design of military tactical communications systems

Design of communications systems for safety critical applications

Design and installation of electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres

Proven track record of system or equipment design


CEng (or be able to work towards satisfying requirements for Chartership) with an accredited institution

Knowledge and experience in defence standards

Knowledge and experience of classification society rules, International and UK marine equipment legislation

Location: Barrow

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.

Maritime – Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and 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.

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.