Principal Engineer - Software Assurance


Principal Engineer - Software Assurance

Would you like to play a key role in the software assurance and safety aspects of the Astute platform systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer - Software Assurance at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Engineer - Software Assurance, you will be working on a wide range of systems, ranging from video systems to large water chillers or steering and diving control systems.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work on one of the most advanced and technologically complex attack submarines in the world. The Astute Whole Boat Engineering team is responsible for overseeing the development, acquisition, integration and assurance of all Astute ‘Platform Systems’ and their associated software that is housed on the boat to ensure these systems meet their functional, safety and mission requirements.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer - Software Assurance will involve:

Providing the Astute Design Authority with specialist advice for Software, including software safety justification

Ensuring Software requirements are adequately defined, agreed with the MoD and suppliers and flowed into the design baseline

Lead on verification activities through inspection and conducting audits on software outputs, harnessing software experience to foresee technical challenges through life and propose best approach

Assist Supply Chain by providing software engineering oversight in Supplier design reviews and acceptance events

Provide early warning to Astute Design Authority and Supply Chain on potential technical issues or software assurance shortfalls for Astute Platform systems

Attending suppliers meetings, safety working groups and meetings with the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA)

Assisting suppliers with responses to ISA to gain acceptance

Your skills and qualifications:


Hold a degree or equivalent qualification/experience in a STEM related discipline

Embedded software systems design experience

Application of software lifecycle and safety standards

Good technical authoring and documentation review skills

Experience and understanding of current Ministry of Defence and international software standards, and safety standards such as DefStan0056, DO-178C, IEC-61508 or ISO-12207


A Chartered Engineer or evidence of working towards chartership

Experience of ISO 9001, TickITplus and CMM (Capability Maturity Matrix)

Practice of using a software development plan, safety plan and software design documents

Design Review and software audit experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills with a proactive approach to your work. This will allow you to clearly articulate technical arguments and justifications, whilst taking a positive and pragmatic approach to problem solving. Furthermore you will be able to work collaboratively and autonomously

Location: Barrow-in-Furness
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.

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.