Principal RF Engineer - Two Locations


Principal Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Would you like to play a key role in the design and development of radar products? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal RF Engineer at our sites in Great Baddow and Cowes.

As a Principal RF Engineer, you will be working on radar systems offering an in-service support contract spanning various projects. You will work across the systems life cycle from design through to manufacturing.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work on exciting, varied projects with a good longevity. You will have the chance to work on some of the most cutting edge defence technology, with the opportunity to become a domain specialist.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal RF Engineer will involve:

The development of complex RF and analogue systems, sub-systems and components, from conception through to release into service

Requirement acquisition and analysis, as well as derivation of lower level requirements

Design of electronic assemblies including component selection, schematic capture and support to PCB layout

Specification of bespoke procured items

Verification of components, sub-systems, and systems using a combination of simulation, analysis, test and assurance techniques

Maintenance of existing designs and implementation of technology insertion programmes

Monitoring technical developments in relevant fields and contribute to their assessment and embodiment into product

Following the engineering lifecycle, as well as undertaking and contributing to design reviews

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal RF Engineer:

Experience in the design of systems such as: High Frequency, Radio Frequency, electronic systems or closely related experience

Degree in Electronic Engineering or closely related subject (such as Physics), or equivalent qualification or experience

Experience in a number of areas of the systems engineering lifecycle (such as design, integration, testing etc.)

What we're looking for in you:

You must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively articulate technical information to a range of stakeholders. You must also be comfortable representing BAE Systems both in the supply chain and in the customer community.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight or Great Baddow

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 Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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.